"I've seen what it takes to build a successful program, and I see those elements here."
Meet Kevin J. Koomalsingh, M.D., Surgical Director for the Providence Heart Transplant Program
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I lived in Trinidad, a small island in the Caribbean, until age 7 when my family moved to New York City. I attended medical school and surgical training in New York and Los Angeles. I'm happy to be in the Pacific Northwest with my wife and kids, and I enjoy snowboarding, baseball and golf.
Why did you choose Providence?
I came here from University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle because of Providence's excellent heart failure team, the leadership of Dr. Dan Oseran, and the strong, Mission-based system with good people.
What is your dream for Providence Heart Institute?
For three years, I was at Cedars-Sinai, the nation's No. 1 heart transplant program. Then I spent three years at UW, which has one of the nation's top 10 heart transplant programs. For the last two years, I led the UW program. I've seen what it takes to build a successful program … and I'm dedicated to building a top 10 program here at Providence.
Why does philanthropy matter to your work?
Philanthropy makes our work possible. Top heart transplant centers across the country are successful largely because donors provide the resources to grow and support a very complicated, lifelong treatment.
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