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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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VA Surgeon Completes One Thousandth Liver Transplant

July 9, 2010

HOUSTON – The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, already renowned for having consistently low observed-to-expected mortality rates in general surgery, all surgery, and all non-cardiac surgery nine years straight, has something new to celebrate. John Goss, M.D., DeBakey VA's Liver Transplant Program medical director, has performed his 1,000th liver transplant since joining the VA staff.

This milestone was reached on June 7 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital.

Goss is also director of liver transplant programs at St. Luke’s, Texas Children’s Hospital, and professor of surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He performed these life-saving operations at these institutions, the DeBakey VA, and at The Methodist Hospital over the past 12 years with the support of his team of surgeons, nurses, hepatologists, medical specialists, and support staff.

“Liver transplantation provides the sole chance for survival for children and adults devastated by liver diseases. We are all grateful that the organ families have graciously donated to make this operation possible. The donors and our patients are our heroes,” said Goss, who is also the chief of the division of abdominal transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at BCM.

The survival rate is more than 95 percent for Goss' liver transplant program. It is the No. 1 program in Texas among programs performing more than 35 transplants yearly.

“The DeBakey VA liver transplant program is an outstanding success,” said David H. Berger, M.D., M.H.C.M., MEDVAMC Operative Care Line Executive and professor of surgery at BCM. “Dr. Goss and his team have a commitment to excellence that is evident in their success and the life-saving care they have given to hundreds of patients. Liver transplant patients at the DeBakey VA, Texas Children’s Hospital, and St. Luke’s have benefited from the comprehensive team approach that they have championed.”

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