Prof. Thamara Perera
Liver Transplantation Pioneer
Prof. Thamara Perera graduated in Sri Lanka in 1999, obtained the Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons in England. Since 2010 he is a Consultant Liver Transplant Surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, United Kingdom. The team at the hospital carries out around 200 liver transplants each year.
His clinical research interests include marginal liver grafts, metabolomics and the study of biomarkers predictive of graft function following liver transplantation.
Prof. Perera and his team are the first to bring in the use of in-situ extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation with autologous blood to revive the donation after cardiac death liver grafts from donor warm ischaemia. They are the first in the world to successfully transplant a revived liver graft from a cardiac death donor into a patient.
He is a pioneer for implementing the use of Normothermic machine perfusion which is a reliable way to assess organ viability preoperatively. The Organ Assist machine works by constantly pumping blood at body temperature into the liver through two blood vessels in the organ. The blood revitalises the liver by taking out the coldness from being in an ice box and also nourishes it through the oxygenated blood.This maintains the liver in a physiological state avoids cooling and allows recovery and improves patient’s outcome. Some of his other research interests are focused on cellular metabolism in human marginal and non-marginal liver transplants using in vivo microdialysis, different mass spectrometry based analytical platforms to identify metabolic signatures predicting poor graft function following liver transplantation.
ICMS 2019 is bringing you a lecture that should not be missed by one of the most highly respected Transplant Surgeons in the world!