Dr. Gabriel Loor is credited with performing the first "breathing lung transplantation" in the Midwest and Texas. That’s one of the many reasons the American Lung Association in Texas will be honoring him at the organization’s Fight For Air Climb at Rice University Stadium on May 20.
“Dr. Loor has devoted his professional career to improving the lives of patients with lung disease. He is widely respected for his expertise and compassionate care, but his commitment to lung health goes beyond his clinical practice. He is an inspiration to his patients, colleagues, and community, and his commitment to building a better future for patients with advanced lung disease is truly admirable,” said Charlotte Maffia, executive director of the Lung Association in Texas.
Dr. Gabriel Loor's contributions to lung transplantation are remarkable. He was the first US surgeon to utilize portable ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) for a donation after cardiac death (DCD) lung transplantation. These innovations have revolutionized the field of transplants, improving patient outcomes. Dr. Loor's commitment to patient care has earned him numerous accolades, including the Dr. Charles H. Bryan Annual Clinical Excellence Award in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.
“Dr. Loor's commitment to the Lung Association and the Fight For Air Climb is a testament to his dedication to improving lung health. He is a true champion for this cause, and his contributions have had a positive impact on countless individuals and families,” said Maffia.
The surgical director of the lung transplant program at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (BSLMC) in Houston has been a staunch supporter of the Fight For Air Climb since 2018 and has created a corporate team with a goal of raising $5,000 for this our cause.
Dr. Loor is available for interviews about the climb, and you can contact James Martinez at [email protected] or (312) 445-2501 for requests.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.