Maria B. Majella Doyle, MD, a highly regarded liver transplant surgeon, was named the Distinguished Endowed Chair of the Mid-America Transplant / Department of Surgery in Abdominal Transplantation at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Doyle, professor of surgery, is surgical director of the liver transplant program at the School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the pediatric liver transplant program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He also heads the Hepatobiliary Fellowship program. His focus is adult and pediatric hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, as well as liver and kidney transplantation.
The prestigious chair was established through a collaboration between Mid-America Transplant, The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University’s Department of Surgery.
Doyle was named president of the inauguration by David H. Perlmutter, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and George and Carol Bauer, dean of the School of Medicine; Angelleen Peters-Lewis, PhD, chief operating officer and chief nurse executive of Barnes-Jewish Hospital; Timothy J. Eberlein, MD of the School of Medicine, the Bixby Professor of Surgery, head of the Department of Surgery and director of the Siteman Cancer Center; and William C. Chapman, MD, Eugene M. Bricker Chair of Surgery, Director of the Division of General Surgery, Head of the Transplant Section and Surgical Director of the Transplant Center.
“The collaboration between Mid-America Transplant, the Washington University Department of Surgery and our hospital foundation to create this chair embodies the collaboration that made our program a national leader in solid organ transplantation,” said John Lynch. MD, president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “Every day, we work together to provide exceptional care to our patients, along with compassionate support to guide patients and their families every step of their journey.”
Lynch added that the establishment of the Endowment Chair honors an excellent transplant surgeon, but also the heroism of organ and tissue donors. “As a board member of Mid-America Transplant and as a pulmonologist involved in our transplant program for many years, I am so proud to be a part of it,” she said.
From Cork, Ireland, Doyle arrived at Washington University in 2005 as a clinical fellow. In 2012 he received his MBA from Washington University while he was assistant professor of surgery in the abdominal transplant section.
“Dr. Doyle is the epitome of what sets our program apart, “said Perlmutter.” She works in an area of medicine that requires incredible skill, judgment and compassion. She’s a master of blending science and art, in the convergence of technical precision. and innovation, and in balance under extreme pressure but delivered with tenderness and love. I am very happy to honor a leader in the field who will continue to elevate the School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital and our entire transplant program. “
Doyle’s research interests include clinical outcomes, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver transplantation and donor management. It also focused on the value of autonomous organ retrieval facilities, including a study evaluating six years of data from Mid-America Transplant, which retrieves organs from donors in eastern Missouri, southern Illinois, and northeastern Arkansa and takes care of the organs until they are transported to a specific hospital for transplantation.
The study results showed that moving donor management out of hospitals whenever possible improves efficiency and increases donor organ yield, resulting in more usable organs per donor. His work has also shown that independent organ recovery facilities significantly reduce costs, relieve pressure on crowded hospitals, and reduce surgeons’ travel.
Diane Brockmeier, president and CEO of Mid-America Transplant, said the organization is grateful for the relationship with Doyle. “Her leadership and inspiring contribution to the transplant community are invaluable,” said Brockmeier. “Her true passion for our shared mission to save lives will undoubtedly continue to have a significant and lasting impact on the transplant and the patients who receive those life-saving gifts.”
Doyle received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College Dublin before completing medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He completed his surgical residency in the Irish General Surgical Training Program at the Royal College of Surgeons before pursuing a fellowship at Cork University in Cork, Ireland. She then completed abdominal organ transplant clinical fellowships at Washington University, after which she joined the faculty.