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Lifeline of Ohio Hires First-Ever Dedicated Recovery Surgeon

Dr. Stalin Campos became a transplant surgeon for several reasons. He believes everyone deserves a second chance at life and he enjoys the beauty and complexity of surgery. Being a transplant surgeon also allowed him to get to know his patients quite well, as he provided them with continued care for many years. This experience is what led Dr. Campos to Lifeline of Ohio and the opportunity to experience another facet of donation through organ recovery.

He completed his residency at Columbia University at Harlem Hospital in New York and his fellowship at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining Lifeline of Ohio, he worked as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Abdominal Transplant Surgeon at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

To Dr. Campos, donation means the “ultimate gift” since a person chooses to give a part of themselves to aid someone who is likely a stranger.

He chose to work at Lifeline of Ohio because he wants to make an impact in transplantation by modernizing organ procurement. He hopes to expand the utilization of donated organs by using new technology, such as normothermic pumps, to allow for more organs to be transplanted successfully. He says that Lifeline of Ohio “has the youth, energy and support to accomplish this goal.”

Having our own abdominal recovery surgeon on staff gives the Lifeline of Ohio team more flexibility for scheduling organ procurement procedures at donor hospitals. Organ recovery surgeries no longer have to compete with other operations that transplant surgeons have scheduled. There is also increased surgeon availability for expedited cases to meet donor family needs.

Dr. Campos also brings a whole new skill set to the organization, which provides the opportunity for clinical team members to further their technical skills.

“Having Stalin join our staff shows our commitment to serving donor families, recipients and patients waiting in our service area,” said Andrew Mullins, Chief Executive Officer at Lifeline of Ohio. “His extensive knowledge and experience, along with his professionalism, make him a great fit for our outstanding team and allows for continued growth within the organ procurement space. It’s a game-changer.”

Dr. Campos is looking forward to building relationships with our donor hospitals so that organ recovery will be a smooth, harmonious process for everyone.

Welcome to Lifeline of Ohio, Dr. Campos!


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