Jacques G. Losman, MD, is a native of France, was Valedictorian and Summa
Cum Laude graduate of the University of Brussels Medical School in 1968. At the
invitation of Christian Barnard, MD, the renowned heart transplant pioneer, Dr. Losman worked in Capetown, South Africa, from 1970 - 1978.
In 1972, Dr. Losman received the Master of Medicine in Thoracic Surgery, the
South African equivalent of Board Certification. He served as a consultant in
adult cardiothoracic surgery at the Groote Schuur Hospital and as pediatrics
consultant in cardiothoracic surgery at the Red Cross Children's Hospital.
Also, in 1972, Dr. Losman became head of the Heart Transplant program and the
Director of the University of Capetown Research Laboratory. Dr. Losman was
instrumental in developing the heterotopic heart transplant model that uses a
donor heart to assist rather than replace a failing heart.
David B. Skinner, MD, Chairman of Surgery of the University of Chicago invited
Dr. Losman to initiate its heart transplant program in 1979. Dr. Losman joined
the staff of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark in 1984 and performed
the first 15 heart transplants in New Jersey. In the last 15 years, Dr. Losman
has performed more than 1000 major cardiac and thoracic operations, and has
participated with other surgeons in nearly 4000 heart operations.
The author of more than 100 articles, abstracts, and book chapters, Dr. Losman
is a founding member of the International Society of Heart Transplantation as
well as founder and first editor of that society's Journal of Heart
Transplantation, from 1981 - 1986. Dr. Losman also holds membership in 30
additional scientific societies.
While pursuing his private practice in thoracic surgery, Dr. Losman joined the
staff of the Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine in 2002.