Names in the News.
*Frederick Thompson has been appointed president and CEO of the American Liver Foundation (ALF). Previously, Thompson was president and CEO of the Jane Goodall Institute in New York City.
*Retired Colonel G. Michael Fitzpatrick, PhD, has been named chief operating officer of America's Blood Centers in Washington, DC. Fitzpatrick joined ABC in September 2003 as its chief policy officer. He served as director of the US Armed Services Blood Donor Program Office from 1999 to 2003.
*Robert Stetson McFadden, MD, has been appointed Medical Director of the Liver Disease Center at Christus Transplant Institute, Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. Previously, McFadden was senior transplant hepatologist at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
*Paul Lacy, MD, one of the early pioneers in islet cell transplantation, passed away on February 15 in Zanesville, OH. He was 81. Dr. Lacy is recognized for his career-long research into understanding and a finding a cure for insulin-dependent diabetes. He is recognized for developing techniques to isolate and culture clusters of cells known as the islets of langerhans found throughout the pancreas. At the time of his death, Dr. Lacy was chairman emeritus of the Department of Pathology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and chairman emeritus of the National Disease Research Exchange (NDRI).
Dr. Lacy was honored at a gala dinner December 1, 2004, by the NDRI.
The highlight of the evening was the awarding of the first Paul Lacy Medal to James Shapiro, MD, the highly acclaimed islet cell transplant surgeon, who is credited with developing the Edmonton Protocol.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
*Karl Robert Brinker, MD, and Paulose Mathai, MD, well-known transplant specialists at the Methodist Health System in Dallas, TX, died on January 24th in a plane crash.
Dr. Brinker, a kidney specialist, was medical director of Transplant Services at the Methodist Dallas Transplant Institute, Methodist Health System, in Dallas. He was 58. r,
Dr. Mathai, a lung transplant specialist, was section chief of Pulmonology at the Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Health System. He was 50.