Director, End-Stage Cardiopulmonary Failure Program

Whitson

Director, The Collaboration for Organ Perfusion, Protection, Engineering and Regeneration Lab (lung transplant, extra-corporeal life support and pulmonary thromboendarterectomy programs)

Associate Professor of Surgery

N-816 Doan Hall
410 W. 10th Ave. 
Columbus, Ohio 43210
614-685-5695
Bryan.Whitson@osumc.edu

Research interests: 
  • Ischemia reperfusion and surgical stress response
  • Organ regeneration and modification
  • Medical device design
  • Mechanical circulatory support
  • Surgical education

Research lab

Current research: Solid organ transplantation is limited by a donor organ shortage and the long-term consequences of immunosuppression on the recipient and rejection of the transplanted organ. Approaches to expand the donor organ pool and to mitigate acute organ injury related to transplant will improve overall success. Our research focuses on the identification of molecular mechanism of transplant procurement related ischemia reperfusion injury and approaches to mitigate reperfusion injury in lung (as well as liver and heart) transplantation. Ex-vivo organ perfusion technology serves as a platform to:

  1. Develop metrics to assess organ function
  2. Mitigate acute organ injury and recondition organs
  3. Repair endothelial cell membrane damage
  4. Modify or protect the organ to enhance resistance to future injury

As these mechanisms are elucidated, the use of molecular or gene delivery approaches to modify the allograft through the use of ex-vivo perfusion, as a platform for organ modulation and regeneration, enables us to repair damaged organs and thus improve outcomes and expand the lung donor pool. A more thorough understanding of the ex-vivo organ perfusion and the ability to modulate organs has cross applicability to cardiopulmonary bypass, cancer, trauma, vascular surgery and other solid organ transplantation.

Research Techniques:
  • Rat lung perfusion
  • Murine and rat lung transplantation
  • Porcine lung perfusion and transplantation
  • Cell culture
  • Molecular biology and analytics
  • Ischemia reperfusion modeling

Active funding: Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education Grant

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Education:
  • Medical degree: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • PhD: Surgery, University of Minnesota
  • Residency: General Surgery, University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics
  • Fellowship: Surgical Infectious Diseases, University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics 
  • Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Minnesota
Honors and news: 

  • Performed first lung-kidney transplant in the state of Ohio
  • Performed first lung-liver transplant at OSUWMC
  • 30 United States and international patents
  • Several grants
  • 130+ publications
  • Developed OSUWMC Comprehensive Transplant Center Organ Assessment and Repair Center (ARC)

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