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Surgeon Joins Transplant Team

Miami Valley Hospital Is the Area's Only Kidney Transplant Facility

Dayton, Ohio — Miami Valley Hospital announces that Thav Thambi-Pillai, MD, transplant surgeon, joins the Miami Valley Hospital medical staff and Wright State Physicians Department of Surgery to perform kidney transplant surgery and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy is a procedure using three small incisions and one larger incision to remove a kidney from a live, healthy donor and transplant it to a patient with kidney failure.

The laparoscopic procedure results in a smaller incision for the donor and has substantially reduced post operative discomfort with most donors leaving the hospitals in 24 to 48 hours. Most laparoscopic donors can usually return to their schedules within one to two weeks.

Dr. Thambi-Pillai earned his medical degree from the National University of Ireland in 1996 and completed an internship and additional training in Ireland. He has completed a residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Graduate Hospital, Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He also served as a research associate in transplant surgery and was a member of the Human Islet Cell Transplant program at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Thambi-Pillai most recently completed a fellowship in transplant surgery at the University Hospital, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Dr. Thambi-Pillai is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and associate director of transplant surgery at MVH. He will be seeing patients at MVH in the current transplant office. The phone number is (937) 208-3577. Later this year, the transplant center will be re-located to a larger, more modern facility with 24/7 transplant physician coverage where patients will be able to receive all medical care related to their transplant needs.

In addition, Dr. Thambi-Pillai specializes in Hepato-Biliary surgery including laparoscopic liver resections and other advanced laparoscopic surgeries. He will also conduct research in the area of renal transplant and transplant immunology.

The laparoscopic donor nephrectomy was pioneered in the 1990s at Johns Hopkins University and first introduced in Dayton in 2001. Miami Valley Hospital is the only hospital in the region to perform kidney transplants. The hospital's program is patient-centered with a transplant team managing the care of a patient. Members of the team include a transplant nephrologist, a transplant surgeon, a transplant nurse, a social worker, a dietitian, a pharmacist and a member of the clergy all working together with the focus on the patient's health.