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Following a thorough international search, Dr. Ed Cole, Dr. Catharine Whiteside and I are delighted to announce that Dr. Atul Humar will succeed Dr. Gary Levy as Program Medical Director of UHN's Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP). Atul will also be appointed as Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and as the Director of the University of Toronto Transplantation Institute.
Dr. Humar will arrive here from his current position as Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta where he serves as the Director of the Alberta Transplant Institute. Atul received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa. He completed his clinical and research training in Infectious Diseases and Transplantation in Toronto and Boston.
Dr. Humar's research interests are in virology with a focus on herpes virus infections post-transplant. He is involved in both basic and clinical research assessing immunologic and virologic determinants of viral infection. He is internationally known in the transplant community and has played an active leadership role in both the AST (American Society of Transplantation) and TTS (The Transplantation Society). He is also very active in the Canadian Society of Transplantation and serves as the current Vice-President.
He has initiated the development efforts for several transplant related guidelines and policy statements. He has received numerous honours and awards including Canada's Top 40 under 40 as well as research awards from the AST and TTS. In his role as head of the Alberta Transplant Institute he has spearheaded several initiatives including strategic program development, fundraising, and organ donation advocacy. Dr. Humar operates a joint research lab with his wife, Dr. Deepali Kumar, and Deepali and Atul have three children.
Atul will join UHN in September of this year. Dr. Gary Levy will of course remain a valuable and valued member of MOTP, continuing with the Living Donor Liver Transplant program and pursuing his laboratory work. Gary has provided remarkable leadership to MOTP for many years and it is fitting that someone he trained will succeed him as Program Medical Director and Director of the Transplant Institute.