Marcelo Facciuto, MD
One of the country’s most accomplished liver transplant surgeons, Dr.Marcelo Facciuto, Associate Professor of Surgery, has been appointed Surgical Director of Living Liver Donor Transplantation and will help develop the new Center for Living Donation.
"Dr. Facciuto comes to us with an extraordinary wealth of knowledge," says Sander Florman, MD, Director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai. "The Living Donor program is a life-saver for patients otherwise faced with a long wait on the transplant list, and we know Dr. Facciuto will provide outstanding surgical leadership and care to patients in need."
Given the disparity between the need and availability of organs from the deceased, living donors have the potential to save the lives of many patients with end-stage liver disease. Dr. Facciuto says an objective for the program is to make sure patients are aware of this option.
Dr. Facciuto says it's critical not to lose sight of the emotional side of the living donor process. "A donor is volunteering to undergo surgery, usually to save the life of a family member or close friend," he says. "It's always a very difficult decision for someone to undertake, and my goal is to make the procedure as safe and non-threatening as possible.
Dr. Facciuto also has a strong interest in the oncologic aspects of liver diseases and has been involved in research on hepatocellular carcinoma with a particular interest in cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of bile duct cancer. He has co-authored a number of papers including one about the effects of radiation on cirrhotic livers in the management of hepatocellular carcinoma.