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Format: 04/18/2014
Format: 04/18/2014


Allegheny General Hospital Recruits Leading Penn State Transplant Surgeon

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Akhtar S. Khan, MD, a leading organ transplantation surgeon from the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, has been recruited to the Division of Transplantation Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH). 

Dr. Khan joins the AGH staff after serving as Director of Hershey Medical Center’s Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Penn State College of Medicine since 2005. Prior to that, he was an attending transplant surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute.

According to Ngoc Thai, MD, PH.D, director of AGH’s Center for Abdominal Transplantation, Dr. Khan is an outstanding, highly innovative surgeon whose commitment to excellence in patient care will be an asset to the AGH program.

“The mission of our transplantation service is to provide patients with a level of compassionate, personalized care that is unsurpassed in quality and sophistication. Dr. Khan’s credentials are stellar in this regard and we look forward to the many significant contributions he will make towards the growth and success of our program,” said Dr. Thai.

Dr. Khan graduated from the Khyber Medical College at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan. His extensive post-graduate training included a surgical residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NY, and fellowships in both multi-organ transplantation and surgical critical care at the University of Pittsburgh.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both surgical critical care and general surgery and by the American Society of Transplantation Surgeons.

While at Hershey Medical Center, Dr. Khan was an active member of numerous state committees focused on organ transplantation, including the Gift of Life Regional Organ Procurement Organization, the Department of Health Renal Advisory Committee and the Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania.

At AGH, Dr. Khan will join the abdominal transplant surgical team of Dr. Thai and Kusum Tom, MD. The hospital has been a center for organ transplantation since 1987 and is currently certified by the Centers for Medicaid Services as a site for heart, lung, kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation.

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