Ronald Busuttil, M.D., Ph.D.

A Short Biography:

Ronald W. Busuttil is the Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Surgery, William P. Longmire Jr Chair in Surgery, and the Founding Chief, Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation, Department of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. After graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans, Dr. Busuttil earned both his MD and PhD degrees at Tulane University. He served his surgical residency at UCLA under Dr. William Longmire and trained in transplantation with Dr. Thomas Starzl at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Busuttil has been a member of the Department of Surgery at UCLA since 1978. In 1984, he established the Liver Transplant Program and has been the Director and Chief Surgeon for 37 years. Dr. Busuttil and his team have performed over 7,400 liver transplants and is internationally known for his surgical expertise and clinical acumen. He has demonstrated a life-long commitment to the care of desperately ill patients, the training of medical students, residents, and surgical fellows; and to the scientific advancement in the field of transplantation surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Busuttil's training program in liver transplantation is currently recognized as the foremost in the world. He has trained both U.S. and international transplant surgeons, many of whom lead liver transplant programs throughout the world. Dr. Busuttil serves as a reviewer on the editorial boards of many prestigious journals, and is the co-editor of the definitive textbook on liver transplantation, entitled Transplantation of the Liver, now in its 3rd edition. He has written over 80 book chapters, 550 abstracts and 860 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Ronald Busuttil is a member of many national and international surgical and transplant societies, and holds key committee memberships. Dr. Busuttil previously served as the Co-Chairman of the International Congress on Immuno-suppression, and is currently Past President for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and International Liver Transplant Society.

Work Titles
UCLA Professor and Chair, Surgery Chief, Liver and Pancreas Transplantation Director, Dumont-UCLA Liver Cancer Center Director, Liver and Pancreas Transplantation Professor, Surgery Physician, Pediatric Gastroenterology Member, Intestinal Transplantation Member, JCCC Signal Transduction and Therapeutics Program Area Member, Pfleger Liver Institute
M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, 1971
1971 - 1972 UCLA School of Medicine
1972 - 1977 UCLA School of Medicine
2007 American Board of Surgery
1983 American Board of Surgery
1978 American Board of Surgery
Honors and Awards:
Tulane University Outstanding Alumnus Award, New Orleans, Louisiana
Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare
United Liver Association, Los Angeles, California, "Man of the Year Award"
Loyola University Integritas Vitae Award, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Detailed Biography:

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.



Articles               860

Chapters            86

Co-Editor          4             textbooks


A selected list of publications:

Shimoda M, Ghobrial RM, Carmody IC, Anselmo DM, Farmer DG, Yersiz H, Chen P, Dawson S, Durazo F, Han S, Goldstein LI, Saab S, Hiatt J, Busuttil RW   Predictors of survival after liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma associated with Hepatitis C Liver transplantation : official publication of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society. , 2004; 10(12): 1478-86.

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