Lifeline of Ohio is excited to welcome Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia as its newest abdominal recovery surgeon. Dr. Manzarbeitia earned his medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and served as a medical soldier in the Spanish army before coming to the United States. He began his career with Mount Sinai Health System in New York City before holding positions with hospitals in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and Washington D.C.

We caught up with Dr. Manzarbeitia as he was traveling to Ohio from his home in Florida and asked him to share a little about himself:

What were some of the important factors that helped you decide to join Lifeline of Ohio? I was attracted to the spirit and mission of Lifeline of Ohio and its people. It was also the right time in my life and career to undergo a new adventure. I feel quite comfortable with organ procurement, its policies and its goal to help transplant recipients and honor donor heroes.

What unique expertise do you feel you bring to the position? I’m a team player and bring a wide breadth of experience from the last 30 years of working as a transplant surgeon, performing well over 800 multi-organ procurements. I’m experienced in both BDD as well as DCD donors and look forward to working with the new recovery technologies to save more lives.

What influenced your decision to pursue a career in medicine, and specifically transplantation? Like most things in life, it was largely influenced by pure serendipity. It all started when I was a junior surgery resident and was asked to deliver a journal club presentation. While searching for articles, I found one about transplantation of livers between rats and the ischemia preservation changes and survival. I was fascinated by this and decided to pursue this field; however, I had to wait until my residency was over. Again, by serendipity, a position opened for a transplant surgery fellowship at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, and I took that position. From there I never looked back.

What are your interests and hobbies? I like medicine, first and foremost, and of course surgery. I also enjoy soccer and frequently watch both La Liga, as a big Real Madrid fan, as well as the Premier League. I also enjoy playing tennis, dining out, fishing and traveling. I occasionally dabble in oils and acrylic painting, too.

Dr. Manzarbeitia also is well acquainted with Lifeline of Ohio’s other recovery surgeon, Dr. Stalin Campos. The two have known each other for many years and recently worked together performing liver and kidney transplants and procurements at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

“There is a plethora of opportunities for us to collaborate,” said Dr. Manzarbeitia. “Pulsatile perfusion machines, both hot and cold, developing protocols and much more.”

Jennifer Smith, COO, shared, “I’m thrilled to have Dr. Manzarbeitia join our team. His schedule will compliment Dr. Campos’ schedule so we have a continuous dedicated recovery surgeon available to our donors and families to honor the donation decision and provide them the best care possible.”