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Volunteer of the Month
April 2021 | Dr. Bobby Nibhanupudy
AdventHealth Kidney Transplant Medical Director
Dr. Bobby Nibhanupudy, Medical Director of Abdominal Transplant (Kidney, Kidney/Pancreas, Liver, and Living Donation) is being recognized by AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida as a Volunteer of the Month for April! Dr. Bobby embodies the ideals of the physician champion and an AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida partner.
“AdventHealth’s mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ should be the mission for every physician out there. We want to help and heal people.”
Dr. Bobby was recently recognized for performing over 1,000 kidney, liver and pancreas transplants at AdventHealth, placing him in the top 1% of transplant surgeons in the entire United States. Not only does he excel in transplantation, Dr. Bobby also serves as a vocal patient advocate and has been key to raising over $350,000 for a new PRE-Transplant Patient Assistance Fund Program. The goal of the new patient assistance fund is to remove financial barriers to help underserved, medically eligible, end-stage organ failure patients meet the savings account requirement to be waitlisted for life saving organs.
Dr. Bobby continues to meet with grateful patients and community members to share the tremendous need and the lifesaving impact philanthropy has for hopeful transplant patients. AdventHealth’s new patient assistance fund will be a key source of support for those in need as the number of organ donations and transplants continues to grow at record levels.
“Many people go through life trying to find themselves or figure out what they want to do with their lives. Through my time working as a physician, I realize that I want to spend my time on this earth to help people in any way, shape or form. That’s why I support AdventHealth Foundation - because the Foundation’s mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ to others. That’s my desire.”
In September 2020, Dr. Bobby participated in a press conference alongside Alex Azar, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Alex visited AdventHealth Orlando to announce an expansion of support for living organ donations including compensation for lost wages, childcare, and elder care through the Health Resources and Services Administration. In a private meeting, Dr. Bobby shared AdventHealth Foundation’s fundraising accomplishments and his efforts to engage community and grateful patients in philanthropy for this program.
Dr. Bobby started his transplant fellowship training program in San Diego, California and 17 years later became a medical director at AdventHealth Transplant Institute. Since then, a hospital foundation has been connected to each transplant program with which he’s been affiliated. Over those years, he has witnessed many wonderful stories of people freely giving to others. When he came to AdventHealth Orlando, one of his priorities was to get involved with AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida and has been an invaluable and integral part of Foundation initiatives ever since.
Bobby Nibhanupudy has been with AdventHealth, since 2004. He is a board-certified surgeon experienced in kidney, liver, and pancreas transplant and laparoscopic surgeries. He joined the AdventHealth Transplant Institute, formerly Florida Hospital Transplant Institute, from the Kidney Transplant Program at Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., where he served as Co-Director and Primary Transplant Surgeon. Dr. Nibhanupudy continues to perform operations and sees patients post-transplant to ensure proper healing is taking place.
AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida is blessed to honor Dr. Bobby Nibhanupudy as Volunteer of the Month – he genuinely believes in and lives out our mission every day. Thank you, Dr. Bobby!