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Transplant surgeon joins Spectrum

April 3, 2015
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A renowned cardiothoracic surgeon has joined Spectrum Health’s Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center.

Martin Strueber, M.D., joins Spectrum Health to spearhead the continued growth and development of the Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Program. Strueber is a cardiothoracic transplant surgeon and an expert in transplant surgery and mechanical assist devices for the heart.

The organ transplant program at Spectrum’s Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center has quickly gained attention since it was established in 2010 by Asghar Khaghani, M.D., an international expert who has performed more heart transplants than any other physician in the world.

“The Meijer Heart Center recently entered its 10th anniversary year and our accomplishments in the past decade, including our transplant program, have been instrumental in improving the care provided to our community,” said Tina Freese-Decker, president, Spectrum Health Hospital Group.

“I am pleased to become a part of the team at Spectrum Health and to help expand the important work being accomplished here by Dr. Khaghani and his colleagues,” said Strueber.

Freese-Decker noted Strueber is an international figure in the world of ventricular assist device, heart transplant and lung transplant.

“Dr. Strueber is widely recognized as a pioneer and as one of the true innovators in the field. He's relied upon by both industry and clinical leaders when a difficult medical problem is noted and there is consideration for potential use of a new device,” said Freese-Decker.

Strueber earned his medical degree from Hannover Medical School in Hannover, Germany. He completed a cardiac surgery residency at Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany, and a cardiac surgery senior residency at Hannover Medical School.

Before joining Spectrum Health, Strueber served as director of the thoracic organ transplantation and mechanical assist device program at Herzzentrum Leipzig, a university heart center in Leipzig, Germany.

He is a member of the board of directors for the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and secretary of the European Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Spectrum Health performed its first heart transplant in 2010 and its first lung transplant and first combined heart and lung transplant in 2013. The program has completed 52 heart transplants and 34 lung transplants to date.

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