Health system appoints director of heart and lung transplant program


Theodore Boeve. Courtesy Spectrum Health

A local health system has appointed a heart surgeon to head up its heart and lung transplant program.

Dr. Theodore Boeve will serve as director of the Spectrum Health Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Program, succeeding Dr. Asghar Khaghani, whose retirement became effective on May 1.

Khaghani said he has been mentoring Boeve for the past four years, and the incoming director’s experience in transplantation, ventricular-assisted device surgery and post-op care positions him to succeed in his new role.

“He is also a good mentor to other surgeons, and I am sure he will be an excellent senior colleague to other leaders,” Khaghani said. “I feel happy and confident that I am leaving the program in capable hands.”

Boeve’s background

Boeve joined Spectrum Health’s medical staff in 2005 and became section chief of cardiac surgery in 2015. He has served in a number of leadership roles in Spectrum’s cardiovascular department and is also a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, Boeve completed residencies in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He also completed his research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Boeve has been published on the subjects of cardiology, cardiovascular disease and cardiothoracic surgery.

Khaghani’s tenure

Khaghani came to Spectrum Health from the U.K. in 2010 and founded the Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center’s organ transplant program.

Khaghani has performed more heart transplants than any other physician in the world, according to Spectrum Health, and his work in creating the transplant program has been instrumental in turning Spectrum into a “destination" for treatment.

Spectrum’s first heart transplant occurred in 2010 and its first lung transplant was in 2013. The program has completed 88 heart transplants, 82 lung transplants and two combined heart and lung transplants.

“Dr. Khaghani has played a pivotal role in Spectrum Health’s history,” said Tina Freese Decker, EVP and COO, Spectrum Health. “I cannot thank him enough for bringing his incredible skill to West Michigan and mentoring other physicians in the complexities of transplant surgery. The impact Dr. Khaghani has made on our community, region, state and nation will be felt for generations.” 

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