May 15, 2006

Allison Lapthorne
Corporate Communications & Public Relations, LHSC
519-685-8500, ext. 74772

Innovative transplant surgeon named a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40

(LONDON, Ontario) - London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) congratulates Dr. Patrick Luke, Surgical Director, Renal Transplantation, in his recent recognition as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40.

In its 11th year, Canada's Top 40 Under 40 is a prestigious national award program, which annually honours 40 Canadians under the age of 40 for their exceptional achievements. The program, founded and managed by The Caldwell Partners, celebrates those in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Dr. Luke and his peer recipients were selected from more than 1,200 nominees by an independent Advisory Board, comprised of business and community leaders from across Canada. Honourees were chosen on five key criteria including: vision and leadership; innovation and achievement; impact; community involvement and contribution; and strategy for growth.

“On behalf of the staff and physicians at London Health Sciences Centre, I extend our sincere congratulations to Dr. Luke,” says Cliff Nordal, President and Chief Executive Officer, LHSC. “He is most deserving of this high-profile recognition. It’s a testament to his dedication and contributions to patient care, research and academics. We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Luke on our staff.”

Dr. Luke is the Director, Renal Transplantation at LHSC, a Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson) and Assistant Professor of Surgery at The University of Western Ontario. His clinical practice focuses on renal/pancreas transplantation as well as minimally-invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery. His research interests include basic and translational laboratory studies in immunology as it pertains to transplantation and organ failure.

“Patrick Luke is a talented investigator,” says Dr. William Wall, Director of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at LHSC. “He can take a set of complex scientific facts, distill them, and plan an experiment that addresses the heart of the problem. He is an exceptional surgeon with a keen scientific mind.”

Dr. Luke has been integral in a number of medical breakthroughs at London Health Sciences Centre and CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics). In 2003, Dr. Luke conducted Canada’s first robotic surgery in urology. In a North American first, he removed a renal aneurysm with the aid of a surgical robot in 2004. Dr. Luke also performed the first combined kidney-pancreas transplant at LHSC.

"It feels great to be recognized, but really this is about the outstanding support and expertise at LHSC, Lawson and Western,” says Dr. Luke. “Everyday is a new challenge and I am fortunate to work with such talented mentors and colleagues. It's a fulfilling place to be."

Dr. Luke graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1993 and subsequently completed his Urology training at The University of Western Ontario. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1998, and completed a clinical fellowship in transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh and research fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh and Western Ontario.

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is one of Canada’s largest acute-care teaching hospitals and is dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. LHSC has pioneered many national and international medical breakthroughs. Located in London, Ontario, LHSC encompasses three sites, South Street Hospital, University Hospital and Victoria Hospital; two family medical centres; and the London Regional Cancer Program. LHSC is the home of the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario and CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics). The research arm of LHSC is Lawson Health Research Institute, which is partnered with London’s other teaching hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. LHSC is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. Physicians and staff at LHSC number close to 8,000 and together they provide care for more than 600,000 patients each year.