Meet Dr. Malcolm MacConmara Organ Transplant Specialist
Organ transplant specialist Malcolm MacConmara, M.D., knows a successful organ transplant requires more than surgical expertise. His transplant philosophy is to “choose carefully and watch closely.”
Skilled in traditional, laparoscopic, and minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr. MacConmara performs adult and pediatric transplants of the liver, kidney, and pancreas at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Dually trained in transplant surgery and immunology, Dr. MacConmara also studies new ways to assess organs and prepare them for transplant.
He says successful transplants require planning, involvement of a strong multidisciplinary team, and a partnership among the team, the patient, and the patient’s family.
“I encourage a very strong relationship with my patients and their families to engage them in the process and help them understand what’s going to happen in the short term and in the long term,” he says.
“A successful transplant has to go well surgically, but that’s just the beginning. Making the organ last is a lifelong commitment for everyone involved.”
Focusing mainly on kidney and liver transplants, Dr. MacConmara is an expert in strategies to prevent organ rejection. That’s where his immunological expertise comes in.
His goal is to be able to modify an organ before it’s transplanted into a patient to help improve the long-term outcome.
“With kidneys, we now expect to see more than a 95 percent one-year survival rate,” he says. “The long-term outcomes are where we really need to improve. We’re working on how to achieve a 95 percent survival rate at 10 years.”