Recent Posts

Transplant
Emory Leads Research on FDA-Approved Drug in HIV Positive Patients Receiving Kidney Transplants
Sep 15, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

pearsonEmory Transplant Center will soon begin enrolling patients into a new clinical trial that will test an FDA-approved drug in HIV positive patients receiving a kidney transplant. The research study will evaluate the safety and tolerability of a drug that blocks the CCR5 receptor. The CCR5 receptor is an entry point that allows HIV into the cells of the immune system. The drug being studied, generic name maraviroc, is an antiretroviral drug that helps block the virus from entering these cells. It is currently FDA-approved for the treatment of HIV infection. Emory will be one of ten centers across the U.S. that will be play a part in this study. A total of 130 participants with well-controlled HIV infection (must be on an antiretroviral regimen for at least three months) will be randomized into one of two study groups. In the first group, patients will receive maraviroc, with the [...]

Read More | (0)
Transplant
National Kidney Registry Awards Emory Transplant Center Coordinator for Quick Actions
Aug 22, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

Dr. Nicole Turgeon (left) and Sharon Matthews (right)

Dr. Nicole Turgeon (left) and Sharon Matthews (right)

The National Kidney Registry (NKR) has awarded Sharon Mathews, Lead Coordinator of Emory’s Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program, with its Grace Under Pressure Award. The NKR's medical board voted for Mathews and a transplant coordinator from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, to receive the Grace Under Pressure Awards for their careful maneuvers and quick actions that led to a series of successful kidney transplants last summer. The NKR presents this award to an individual or organization that goes beyond what is expected and takes extraordinary measures to accelerate the practice of paired donor kidney exchange, resulting in the facilitation of more successful transplants. The series of events began in July 2015 when a Good Samaritan donor started the chain in Madison, Wisconsin. The donor wanted to [...]

Read More | (0)
Transplant
Liver Transplant Recipient Celebrates Silver Liverversary
Aug 11, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

patient story 8-11On July 2, Terri Willis celebrated her 25th anniversary with her transplanted liver. Over the years, Willis, who lives in Douglasville, has become one of the Emory Transplant Center’s most vocal advocates on the benefits of organ donation and liver transplantation, talking to other transplant candidates and recipients, participating in many transplant events and writing about her experiences on Facebook and blog posts. “If someone had not said yes to organ donation, I would not be here,” she says. Willis had her liver transplant at age 13 at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, but she has been an Emory Transplant Center patient since 1999. Her liver failed 25 years ago as the result of a metabolic disorder called tyrosinemia, a genetic defect that causes the immune system to break down the amino acid tyrosine, the building block of most proteins. When [...]

Read More | (0)
Transplant
In the News: Emory Transplant Center Kidney Living Donor Program
Jul 27, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

organ-donor260x200Emory Transplant Center has recently made headlines with their Kidney Living Donor Program. Stories featured on FOX NEWS Health and in Atlanta magazine highlight individuals who have given the gift of life through organ donation. One story features Beth Gavin, a medical reporter for FOX5, who altruistically donated her kidney to a stranger that kicked off a string of six transplants. The other highlights an Atlanta police officer who donated a kidney to a stranger to allow his wife to be able to receive a kidney from someone else through paired donor exchange. A kidney paired donor exchange occurs when a person in need of a kidney transplant has an eligible living donor, but the living donor is unable to give to their intended recipient because they are incompatible. Therefore, an exchange with another donor/recipient pair is made. This kidney paired donation enables two [...]

Read More | (0)
Transplant
Emory Transplant Center’s Living Donor Wall Has 85 New Names
Jul 12, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

new namesWe are proud to announce that 85 new names have been added to the Emory Transplant Center Living Donor Wall. Spanning one entire wall of the Transplant Center, the Living Donor Wall made its debut in 2007. Since its premiere, we are happy to report that we have had to expand it a total of three times, with additions made in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Today, the wall displays nearly 500 selfless individuals who have donated organs along with the relationship they have to their recipients. This is just another reminder of how much the Emory Living Donor Kidney Program has grown in recent years. In addition, it is a testament to the amazing life-saving and life-enhancing gifts our living donors make to transplant recipients. Our Living Donor Wall pays tribute to the individuals named there as tangible depictions of the ultimate gift given to another. The next time you visit Emory [...]

Read More | (1)
Transplant
Emory Liver Transplant Patient Celebrates One-Year Liver-versary
Jun 28, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

UntitledAll of our patients are pretty special, but there is something extraordinary about a liver transplant recipient who comes all the way from Gaffney, S.C. to host a party to thank the medical team who cared for her while she was at Emory Transplant Center. Evonne Leland received a lifesaving liver transplant on April 22, 2015. She came back on the same date one year later — this time in good health — to celebrate what we at the Emory Transplant Center like to call a one-year "liver-versary." A former restaurant owner, Leland, with help from her family and friends, organized a lunch to thank Emory Transplant Center staff and physicians. It was a true celebration of life. "Before I came to Emory," Leland says, "I was told there was nothing I could do; I had only six to nine months to live." Throughout the mid-1990s, Leland had one medical issue after another, resulting in [...]

Read More | (0)
Transplant
Hidden Gems: Emory Transplant Faculty & Staff Spotlight
Jun 10, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

Emory Transplant Center would like to showcase our hidden gems – the faculty and staff that have made an impact in the field of transplantation. Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist researcher in Emory's Division of Transplantation and the Emory Transplant Center. Her research focus has been on health disparities and access to solid organ transplant. She is currently the principal investigator of a major National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities study, RaDIANT (Reducing Disparities in Access to Kidney Transplantation) Community Study in Georgia that we featured in a previous blog post. Rachel’s work in transplantation is her passion. She has had family members that have been touched by transplant, and understands the power of organ donation and how it can save a life. “I think I want my legacy to be just that I made some difference in [...]

Read More | (0)
Transplant
The Powerful Gift of Organ Donation – A Lung Transplant Recipient’s Story
May 31, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

More than 120,000 individuals are waiting for for a transplant. Alice Koone, an Emory lung transplant recipient was one of those people.According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), there are currently more than 120,000 individuals waiting for a transplant. One organ donor can save up to 8 lives, and sadly, 22 people die every day waiting for some type of transplant. Alice Koone, an Emory lung transplant recipient was one of those individuals awaiting a life-saving transplant. Alice was in desperate need for a double lung transplant due to severe complications with breathing. At a Talladega Superspeedway race in 2007, she remembers not being able to walk more than 20 feet without having to stop to rest because her lungs were so damaged. In Jul 2007, Alice was place on oxygen, but her condition didn't seem to be improving. On Sept. 13, 2007, three months after being placed on the lung transplant waiting list, she received a call that would change her life – she would receive a lung transplant [...]

Read More | (0)
Transplant
Emory University Hospital Transplant Nurses Receive National Recognition
May 16, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

daisy-250x250In honor of National Nurses Week, the Emory Transplant Center would like to recognize two Emory University Hospital transplant nurses who recently received national recognition. Gem Comrie, a nurse on Emory University Hospital’s transplant unit (7G), has been awarded the DAISY Award, a national recognition program for nurses. Rommel Buenvenida, also a nurse on 7G, received a DAISY Award nomination. Their unit director, Tiffany Banks, recently commended them for their exemplary service to transplant patients. They both have earned credentials as certified clinical transplant nurses from the American Board for Transplant Certification. "The DAISY Award is a national award bestowed upon extraordinary nurses who provide optimum care to the patients they serve," says Banks. "Gem is a sensational transplant nurse who takes pride in her work and profession. I am extremely proud of [...]

Read More | (0)
Transplant
Emory Transplant Center Awarded Grant to Reduce Disparities in Access to Transplant
May 2, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

two peopleThe National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities has awarded $2.6 million over five years to the Emory Transplant Center and six other transplant centers and organizations in the Southeastern Kidney Transplant Coalition. The funding will continue the RaDIANT (Reducing Disparities in Access to Kidney Transplantation) Community Study in Georgia for another five years and expand it to South Carolina and North Carolina. Emory Transplant Center epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Patzer, director of the transplant health services and outcomes program at Emory, is principal investigator of the grant and Dr. Stephen Pastan, medical director of the kidney and pancreas transplant program, is chair of the Southeastern Kidney Transplant Coalition and a study co-investigator. "The grant will go a long way to help us expand some of the work we are doing in Georgia dialysis [...]

Read More | (0)