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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The liver transplant program at Shands at the University of Florida is up and running again after being voluntarily shut down after the departure of key surgeons last August.

Hospital officials told the Gainesville Sun the United Network for Organ Sharing granted the program's application to reactivate on April 20. That means 30 patients who were listed on the registry when the liver/pancreas transplant program was shut down have been relisted.

A new surgeon recently joined the program. Dr. Jeffrey Fair comes from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he directed transplant research. He's also done fellowship training in kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation.

Hospital officials say they hope to reactivate the pancreas program after another surgeon is hired this summer.