• Living and deceased liver transplant

  • Living and deceased liver transplant

  • Living and deceased liver transplant

#Organ Donation #Middle East

Live Session:

Monday, July 26, 2021 - 7:00 PM (Local time in Beirut)
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In Turkey, Liver Transplant Program was started by Dr. Mehmet Haberal and his team in 1970 by performing experimental liver transplantation studies on animals.  After the transplant legislation was passed in 1979, Dr. Haberal’s team performed:

  1. The first successful deceased-donor liver transplantation in Turkey, the Middle East, and Northern Africa on December 8, 1988
  2. The first pediatric segmental living-related liver transplantation in Turkey, the Middle East, and Europe on March 15, 1990
  3. The first adult segmental living-related liver transplantation (Left Lobe) in the World on April 24, 1990
  4. The first living-related combined liver-kidney transplantation in the World on May 16, 1992
  5. Heterotopic partial living-related and deceased-donor transplantations in 1998 and 2007

In Saudi Arabia and in the Arab world, the first deceased-donor liver transplant was performed in 1990 in the Armed Forces Hospital in Riyadh.

In Egypt, living donor liver transplant (LDLT) was first performed in 1991 by the surgical team at the National Liver Institute (NLI), Menoufeya University.

In Iran, the first liver transplantation was performed in Nemazee Hospital, Shiraz, by S. Ali Malek-Hosseini and his team in 1993.

Learning Objectives:

  • To assess key success factors in establishing a living and deceased liver donation program 


Living liver transplant program

John Fung

UChicago Medicine Transplant Institute
Chicago, USA

John J. Fung, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the UChicago Medicine Transplant Institute.  Prior to that, he served as Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Transplantation and the Chairman of the Digestive Disease Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, as well as the former Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.  With over 30 years of involvement in kidney, liver, pancreas, islet, and intestinal transplantation, he is also an accomplished immunologist.

Establishing a deceased donor transplant program

Malek Husseini

Surgeon and Board Member
Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
Tehran, Iran

Dr. Malek-Hosseini is the pioneer of performing liver transplantation from living donors in Iran and is called the father of liver transplantation in the Country. Establishing the necessary infrastructure to create a network in the region for the procurement of organs from brain-dead donors and therefore, to put an end to organ trade in Iran has always been among his major concerns. Pursuing this objective, he successfully paved the path for organ transplantation experts and has developed transplant programs in Iran.

Owing to his constant endeavors the largest organ transplantation center in the world which is also the largest charitable foundation in the region was built in Shiraz. Performing 638 liver transplantations (93% from deceased donors) in 2017, the center set a new international record. The center also trains transplant surgeons from around the world, mainly those who are accepted via the Middle East Society of Organ Transplantation (MESOT) programs.  The Center has a significant impact on the advancement of transplant knowledge resulting in the establishment of 12 transplant centers in Iran and other countries as well as the publication of hundreds of articles in international peer-reviewed journals.


Mehmet Haberal

Founder and President
Baskent University
Ankara, Turkey


  • 05 min

    Welcome and introduction by the Chair
  • 25 min

    Presentation: Living liver transplant program, John Fung, USA

  • 05 min

    Live Q&A with John Fung, USA

  • 25 min

    Presentation: Establishing a deceased donor transplant program, Malek Husseini, Iran

  • 05 min

    Live Q&A with Malek Husseini, Iran

  • 20 min

    Interactive panel discussion with audience participation led by the Chair
  • 05 min

    Masterclass closing remarks

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