Marcelo Cypel, Staff Thoracic Surgeon, University Health Network; Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto, Canada
Dr Marcelo Cypel MD, MSc is a staff thoracic surgeon at the University Health Network (UHN) and an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Toronto. He is the director of the ECLS programme at UHN. Dr Cypel received his MD in 1999 and completed his general surgery and thoracic surgery residency programme in 2004. In 2005, he started his post-doctoral research fellowship at the Latner Thoracic Surgery Laboratory. During this time, he developed a new method of lung preservation and donor lung repair called Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP). This method is now used clinically in Toronto and in many other centres and has significantly increased the number of transplantable lungs. He subsequently performed a 3-year fellowship in thoracic oncology, cardiac surgery, and lung transplantation at the University of Toronto. During his training he received 13 awards, including the McMurrich Award given for the best fundamental science work by any level trainee in the department of surgery and the 1st Annual Zane Cohen Clinical Fellowship Achievement Award. He also published as the first or senior author in several peer-reviewed publications including high impact journals such as Science TM and the New England Journal of Medicine. His main clinical interests are in minimal invasive thoracic surgery for lung cancer, treatment of pulmonary metastases, artificial lung devices, and lung transplantation. Dr Cypel currently holds the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Lung Transplantation from the Government of Canada.
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