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Lynch named director of transplantation quality and outcomes at Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Raymond Lynch has been appointed director of transplantation quality and outcomes at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, effective Feb. 1. He is one of three world-class surgeons recruited to lead the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s new abdominal organ transplant program.

Lynch joins Dr. Johnny Hong, chief of the Division of Transplantation and director of liver transplant surgery for Hershey Medical Center, and Dr. Thomas Butler, surgical director of kidney transplant surgery for Hershey Medical Center. In addition to their work with patients, the surgeons will serve as faculty at Penn State College of Medicine, helping train the next generation of world-class physicians and surgeons. They will also lead research to create innovative ways to treat patients and advocate for health policies that make organ transplantation more widely available to patients who need it.

Lynch has spent more than 18 years in general and transplant surgery, most recently as director of public policy and community relations with Emory (Ga.) Transplant Center and associate director of Emory Health Services Research Center. After completing his fellowship in abdominal transplantation at Emory University, he joined the faculty of the University of Kansas Medical Center. He has lectured across the world on topics like equity in transplantation for pediatric patients, transplant policy and living donor transplant rates.

“Dr. Lynch is committed to improving organ recovery and donation through innovative techniques and medicine,” said Hong. “He has brought liver transplant outreach clinics to underserved regions with significant mortality rates due to liver disease. We are motivated by his ability to identify barriers to transplant processes and improve access to care.”

Lynch earned his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in general surgery at the University of Michigan. He earned his Master of Science in immunobiology from Yale University School of Medicine and Bachelor of Science from Boston College. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. His professional memberships include American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplant and American Association for the Study of Liver Disease.

In 2021, Lynch won the Emory University 1% Award for National Institutes of Health grant submissions. He was also awarded the 2014 American Society of Transplant Surgeons Vanguard Award and 2012 University of Michigan Bronze Beeper Medical Student Teaching Award.

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