Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, MRCS (Eng)

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Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Sarver Heart Center's Tony A. Marnell, Sr. Endowed Chair for Research in Cardiac Surgery
Surgical Director of the Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
520-621-0122
zkhalpey@surgery.arizona.edu

Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, MRCS (Eng), associate professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is the Tony A. Marnell, Sr. Endowed Chair for Research in Cardiac Surgery at the UA Sarver Heart Center. He also serves as surgical director of the Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson.

Dr. Khalpey directs the Ex Vivo Lung Program, Clinical and Translational Cardiothoracic Research and the Cardiopulmonary Stem Cell Bank. The Ex Vivo Lung Program offers a method of improving the quality of lungs removed from donor cadavers, making more lungs suitable for transplantation. His laboratory focuses on basic and translational research involving organogenesis (the formation and development of organs), organ preservation and tissue regeneration.

One goal is to recondition human hearts and lungs that are not suitable for transplantation, by chemically stripping unusable cadaveric lungs of their cells, leaving a functional lung bioscaffold. This structure then can be “re-seeded” with autologous (a patient’s own) stem cells to rebuild the organ. Using a patient’s own stem cells may eliminate the need for expensive immunosuppressant medication that must be take post transplant for life and subject patients to various health risks.

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