Kumud Dhital

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Prof. Dr.

Kumud K. Dhital[1]

OccupationSurgeon, Associate Professor
EmployerSt Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, University of New South Wales, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
Notable work
Dead Heart Transplantation
Spouse(s)Jane Dhital

Kumud Dhital (Nepali: कुमुद धिताल) is a Nepalese cardiothoracic specialist and transplant surgeon at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia.[1][2] In fall 2014, Dhital was part of the surgical team who completed the world's first “dead heart” transplant. A “dead heart” is a heart donated after circulatory death (DCD), where the heart has stopped beating.[3] As of 24 October 2014, 3 patients had received DCD heart transplants.[4] It helps to buy certain time(3 to 6 hrs) for the dead heart to transplant in a receiver.

Dhital is also an associate professor and senior lecturer in surgery at the University of New South Wales.[2][4] As a faculty member at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Dhital works closely with Professor Peter MacDonald, the medical director of the St Vincent's Heart Transplant Unit.[2] St Vincent's Hospital and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute collaborated to develop their successful DCD transplant technique.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Kumud Dhital". CTSNet: The Cardiothoracic Surgery Network. CTSNet. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "2013 Keynote Speakers". 2013 Transplant Nurses Association National Conference. GEMS Event Management. Archived from the original on 5 February 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. ^ Patterson, Robbie (24 October 2014). "World-first dead heart transplant at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital a game changer". News.com.au. News Limited. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b Agence France-Presse (AFP) (24 October 2014). "Australian Doctors Transplant 'Dead' Hearts In Surgical Breakthrough". Business Insider. Business Insider Inc. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  5. ^ Connor, Steve (24 October 2014). "Australian surgeons perform first successful 'dead heart' transplants". The Independent. independent.co.uk. Retrieved 29 October 2014.