Mauricio Villavicencio, MD, MBA, has been named the surgical director of Lung Transplantation and ECMO in the Division of Cardiac Surgery.
“With the support of the Mass General Transplant Center, I aim to decrease patient waiting times for lung transplantation using new and innovative donor recovery techniques,” says Dr. Villavicencio. “Improved organ recovery may result in higher transplant volume and better outcomes for the benefit of all our patients.”
After graduating from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Dr. Villavivencio entered general and cardiac surgical residencies at the Instituto Nacional del Tórax. He later pursued an advanced cardiovascular surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, followed by a cardiopulmonary transplantation fellowship at Freeman Hospital, which is one of the premier thoracic transplant centers in Europe. Dr. Villavicencio returned to the U.S. after a seven-year tenure in Chile, where he introduced the country to the use of ventricular assist devices as a regular therapeutic tool.
Thor Sundt, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery and director of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, says, “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Villavicencio to the team. He is a talented surgeon with extensive experience in lung transplantation including training at Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, as well as Duke University Hospital. He was also the founder and chief of the National Cardiopulmonary Transplantation Service in Chile in an extended seven-year tenure. He is also a collaborative partner and dedicated clinician who always puts the patient first and foremost.”
Dr. Villavicencio has committed much of his practice to understanding the full spectrum of adult cardiac surgery, with an emphasis in off-pump coronary artery surgery, aortic valve surgery and pulmonary endarterectomy for thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.