Dr. Kon attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he graduated magna cum laude. He completed his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a fellowship in Lung Transplantation at Toronto General Hospital. He spent another 2.5 years with University of Maryland School of Medicine as a cardiothoracic surgeon and director of several of their surgical programs before joining NYU Langone Health in January 2018. He now serves as an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is the Surgical Director of the Lung Transplantation Program and Surgical Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension & Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy Program. He is also the Director of the Seymour Cohn Cardiac Surgery/Heart and Lung Transplant Research Program. He is the Primary Investigator on the Clinical Trial entitled Heart Transplantation Using Normothermic Regional Perfusion (NRP) Donation After Circulatory Death (DCD): A Pilot Study.
With the volume of patients in need of a heart transplant continuing to rise above the number of available brain-dead donors, an expansion of the donor pool is needed. During this webinar, we will hear from two centers working to do just that. We’ll discuss two methodologies being employed for utilization of DCD (Donation after Circulatory Death) donors and the impact it’s having on the ability to offer life-saving transplants to those in need.