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Reminder to Transplant Patients and Families to Get Your Flu Shot
Nov 29, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

We would like to remind our patients and their families to take preventive action now, and if you have not done so yet, get your flu vaccine.We have officially embarked upon flu season. While employees and faculty of the Emory Transplant Center have been vaccinated against the flu, we would like to remind our patients and their families to take preventive action now, and if you have not done so yet, get your flu vaccine. Because transplant patients have a chronic disease and/or are now taking anti-rejection medicine, they are at an increased risk of getting the flu. If you had your transplant more than three months ago, it’s time to roll up your sleeve and get protected. If you are not at the three-month mark, ask for the shot during your three-month follow-up visit. Research has shown that flu vaccination is the most effective way to reduce complications and deaths related to influenza. Please take care of yourself, and make a commitment to get your flu shot to ward off the flu this year. If you are a [...]

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Education & Outreach Increases Kidney Transplant Referrals from Dialysis Centers
Nov 11, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

two peopleBack in May, Emory Transplant Center announced that they, along with six other transplant centers and organizations in the Southeastern Kidney Transplant Coalition, were awarded $2.6 million by the National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities to continue the Reducing Disparities in Access to Kidney Transplantation Community Study (RaDIANT) in Georgia for another five years and expand it to South Carolina and North Carolina. We are excited to bring you the initial outcomes of the study. The results were published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, is first author, and Stephan Pastan, MD, medical director of the kidney and pancreas transplant program at Emory Transplant Center, is senior author. The RaDIANT study is a [...]

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Proposed Redistricting for Liver Transplant Sharing Negatively Impacts Georgia and Southeast
Oct 19, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

liver-250x250A proposed redistricting policy in the regional structure for liver transplant distribution may have a negative impact on the state of Georgia and the region. Currently, the demand for liver transplants exceeds the supply of liver donations nationwide, and many patients with liver disease will die while on the waitlist to have this life-saving surgery. To decrease the disparity in wait times for liver transplantation in the U.S., the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), with the support of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), is proposing to change the current liver allocation distribution. This plan proposes to share donor organs more broadly in an attempt to reduce geographic disparities. But experts at the Emory Transplant Center say the proposed changes would:

  • Drive up costs.
  • Decrease survival rates.
  • Lower the quality of donated organs
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What our Transplant Patients and Families are Saying
Sep 30, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

patients-wordsEmory Transplant Center is dedicated to partnering with our patients and their families to provide a quality and caring experience. One of the ways in which we track the patient experience is by regularly surveying our patients about the care they received at our facilities. Emory Healthcare works with Press Ganey to conduct a nationally benchmarked, objective patient satisfaction survey. We are proud to share with you some of the gracious remarks we have received. Our physicians and staff continue to work to improve patient satisfaction and the care experience. Our goal is to respect our patients and visitors, value them as special people, and care about their overall wellbeing. Below are some of the comments Emory Transplant Center has received from our patients:

  • [We are] always greeted by the front desk staff with a smile and “hello.” They are very professional.
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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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