Dr. Ronald W. Busuttil is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Surgery, William P. Longmire, Jr. Chair in Surgery, Chief, Division Liver and Pancreas Transplantation, Executive Chairman, UCLA Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. An academic surgeon, Dr. Busuttil has demonstrated a life-long commitment to the pursuit of excellence in research, patient care and education. His fellowship program in liver transplantation is among the foremost in the world, having trained more than 82 transplant surgeons, many of whom lead programs in the US and abroad.
Dr. Busuttil received his medical degree from Tulane University; completed his surgical residency at UCLA under Dr. William P. Longmire, Jr.; and trained in transplantation with Dr. Thomas E. Starzl at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been on the UCLA Department of Surgery faculty since 1978. In 1984, he established the UCLA Liver Transplant Program, serving as director and chief for 35 years. “Dr. B.” is internationally acclaimed for his expertise in transplantation and liver surgery and UCLA is one of the largest liver transplant centers in the world. His team has performed more than 7,400 liver transplants to date.
He is an editor or reviewer for prestigious journal editorial boards and co-editor of the definitive text in his field, “Transplantation of the Liver” . His CV reflects a prolific contribution to the literature, including 835 peer-reviewed publications. A member of all major surgical and transplantation societies, he has often held key leadership positions: past president, the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS), past president, American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), past first vice president, American Surgical Association and councilor, the Transplantation Society (TTS).
His outstanding accomplishments in surgery and transplant have been recognized through awards and honors, including: ASTS Pioneer Award, American Surgical Association Medallion for Scientific Achievement, Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology, ASTS Francis Moore Excellence in Mentorship Award, Society of University Surgeons Lifetime Achievement Award, TTS Award for Education and Training, Loyola University Integritas Award, Tulane University Most Distinguished Alumni Award, ILTS Distinguished Service Award, LACMA Hospital Physician Leadership Award, and the UCLA School of Medicine 50th Anniversary Professional Achievement Award. He is an honorary member of the French National Academy of Surgery and received an honorary degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Udine in Italy. He considers being married to his wife, JoAnn for 54 years to be his greatest accomplishment. They have 2 daughters – Amber, an attorney in Idaho and Ashley, a physician who is the Chief Medical Officer of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Amber has 2 sons – Oliver and Oscar. Ashley and her husband, Derek, also have 2 boys – Leo and Alec.
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