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UWI Medical Alumni Feature | Dr. Stacey Herbert Brann, MDMSc FRCS (Ed)

UWI Medical Alumni Feature | Dr. Stacey Herbert Brann, MDMSc FRCS (Ed)

Dr. Stacey Herbert Brann graduated from The University of the West Indies, Jamaica (Class of 1987). 

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd) and earned a Master of Science (with Distinction) from The Imperial College, the University of London in Surgical Cardiology. He was a recipient of the Sir Rodney Maingot Scholarship for postgraduate surgical studies in the UK. Dr. Brann completed Residency training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK; a Fellowship in Adult Cardiac Surgery at the Montreal Heart Institute, Canada; and an Advanced Fellowship in Cardiopulmonary Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania, USA.

After training in Montreal, Dr. Brann returned to Trinidad (1998-2006) and held clinical as well as academic appointments at The Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Champ Fleurs (Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon), and The Faculty of Medical Sciences, The U.W.I., respectfully. At The U.W.I., Dr. Brann was appointed as Associate Lecturer, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medical Sciences, St. Augustine and was an Examiner for the Final Year Surgery examinations. He co-founded and was the Director of Surgical Research at The Cardio-Pulmonary Research Unit (C.P.R.U)- a multi-disciplinary collaborative organization that was successful in performing the first (experimental porcine) cardiac transplantation of any kind in the English-speaking Caribbean (the early 2000s). Dr. Brann was also appointed as the inaugural Chairman of the Paediatric Open Heart Surgery Committee which oversaw the successful development of the nation’s program.

Dr. Brann is an experienced surgeon/researcher who has presented scientific work both nationally and internationally. His areas of specialty include Heart and Lung Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Cardiovascular Surgical Critical Care, Structural Heart Disease, and Health disparities in minority communities. He formerly held the appointment as Assistant Professor of Surgery specializing in heart and lung transplantation, Surgical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, and Chairman of the Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Committee at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia.

He is currently appointed as the Surgical Director of Cardiothoracic Surgical Services at TransMedics Inc. This is a Boston-based biotechnology company that has developed FDA-approved innovative machines and donor organ preservation methods that optimize the utilization of very scarce donor organs (hearts, lungs, and livers) thereby significantly improving access to these vital organ transplants and reducing mortality of the transplant waiting lists. Dr. Brann envisages the realization of thoracic organ transplantation (heart and lung) in the Caribbean within the coming decade and expects The U.W.I. to play a pivotal role in the success of this venture. 

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