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Dr. G. Alexander Patterson

Dr. G. Alexander Patterson MD. (Inducted 2003)


Dr. G. Alexander Patterson is the Joseph C. Bancroft Professor of Surgery, and Chief of General Thoracic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and President of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation. Alec Patterson graduated from BCI in 1968 and has distinguished himself as a world renowned Thoracic Surgeon. He was a member of the team that performed the breakthrough surgery that made history with the first successful lung transplant. Three years later his triumph was repeated as the head of the transplant team that performed the first successful double lung transplant surgery. Accomplished film maker, Elias Petras, was so moved that he made Dr. Patterson and His colleagues the subject of the emotionally moving documentary film entitled, "Transplant: The Breath of Life".

Dr. Patterson’s clinical interest is in lung transplantation and thoracic oncology, linked with his research interest in lung preservation. He holds fellowships from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery and has been the principal investigator in an extensive array of funded research projects. These include the Banting Research Foundation, the Medical Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Heart Foundation, the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Connaught Fund of the University of Toronto. He has been a Medical Research Council Visiting Professor at Queen’s University, has some 80 plus publications in peer-reviewed journals, 80 plus abstracts or presentations, and a similar number of invited lectures.

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