Thav Thambi, MD (1/27/23)

ICSUS Past President and current member of the ICS World Executive Committee, Dr. Thav Thambi from Sioux Falls, SD; recently returned to his homeland, Sri Lanka. While there he performed the first living donor kidney transplant in the Northern part of the country. On January 18th, the recipient, a 17-year old girl; received a kidney from her mother. Donor surgery was done laparoscopically, which is a rarity in that part of the world! The donor and recipient are doing well, both have been discharged.

The surgeries were performed at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital in a Northern province of Sri Lanka where Dr. Sathyan is the Director/CEO of the 1,200-bed teaching hospital. Dr. Sathyan spent a week in Spring of 2022 with Dr. Thambi at the Sanford USD Medical Center, meeting with most of the staff and learning about US hospital/health systems and QI efforts/projects.

Upon his return, Dr. Thambi expressed his sincere appreciation to his colleagues from Sanford for their assistance and support.

A future mission project to Sri Lanka is being contemplated by ICSUS. Anyone interested should contact ICSUS Headquarters at

Below Dr. Thambi is in the OR (green scrubs) and also with the entire team after the procedures were completed.

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