Victor D. Bowers, M.D., F.A.C.S., has been a member of Tampa General’s abdominal transplant programs since 1991 and serves as the emeritus director of the abdominal transplant programs.
Dr. Bowers completed his residency in general surgery at the University of South Florida in 1984. He subsequently did transplant surgical fellowships at Cambridge University, with Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, England. He also completed an ASTS approved abdominal transplant fellowship at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Bowers has been certified by the American Board of Surgery since 1986. He currently holds an affiliate clinical teaching appointment with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine as an associate professor of surgery and has received Outstanding Educator Award several times over the past few years.
Dr. Bowers is a member of FMQAI Medical Review Board for the End-Stage Renal Network 7, and serves as an associate medical director of LifeLink of Florida. He is an active member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Society of Transplantation, and Vascular Access Society of America.
Over the years Dr. Bowers’ research interests have centered around the vascular effects of cyclosporine, immune modulation of vascularized tissue grafts, and he is currently the principal investigator of several ongoing drug trials with new immunosuppressive agents, and drugs which modulate ischemic reperfusion injury. In addition, he has a strong clinical interest in vascular access for hemodialysis patients and specializes in complex access issues. Dr. Bowers has been instrumental in a large portion of the 4,300 renal transplants which have been performed at Tampa General Hospital.