Dr. Bremner describes how a patient can find out if their lung transplant doctor is experienced.
For a lung transplant program to be approved by, you know, the federal government, that lung transplant program has to go through a very rigorous process. You can pretty much be assured that any of your surgeons that are doing lung transplant are highly qualified people, but, like I tell all of my patients, the best thing to do is to meet your surgeon, meet your pulmonologist and your transplant team, and make sure that you feel comfortable with them. This is a team effort on behalf of the health care professionals as well as on behalf of the patient.
Dr. Bremner, M.D., Ph.D.:
Ross M. Bremner, M.D., Ph.D., is surgical director of the Center for Thoracic Disease and chief of thoracic surgery at the Heart & Lung Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Bremner completed his medical school training in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand where he graduated magna cum laude and received the Harwood Nash Memorial medal for surgery. He then completed his general surgery training at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, during which time he also completed his Ph.D. Dr. Bremner then went on to complete his cardiothoracic training at USC after which he joined the faculty as assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery and director of the Hastings Thoracic Oncology Laboratory.