Dr. Bremner introduces himself and recalls the patients who are in need of a lung transplant.
My name is Dr. Ross Bremner. I am a thoracic surgeon, and I am the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Director of the Thoracic Disease Center in the Heart Lung Institute at that same hospital.
Lung transplants are usually offered for people who are dying from what we say is end-stage lung disease, and this is lungs that are failing from a variety of different diseases. But we only offer lung transplants to patients who really have no reserve left and they have a life expectancy that’s very limited, usually in terms of months, and rarely more than a year.
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.