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A Mother’s Gift: Mom Saves Son with Liver Transplant
May 22, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

Elizabeth Melville’s 5-month old son, Wesley, was diagnosed with a rare disease call biliary atresia. After a surgery to treat the disease failed, Wesley would need a liver transplant. That’s when Emory Transplant Center surgeons were able to take a portion of Elizabeth's liver out and then transfer it over to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston to be transplanted in Wesley. Watch this heartfelt story unfold from WXIA 11 Alive. Emory Transplant Center has a well-established liver transplant program, performing more than 150 liver transplants each year.

Emory Liver Transplant Program

The first liver transplant in Georgia was performed in 1987 by transplant surgeons at Emory University Hospital. Today, Emory Transplant Center is known for its Liver Transplant Program nationwide. It performs more than 150 adult liver transplants each year. Our program has a long [...]

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Uncovering Misperceptions about Organ Donation
Apr 26, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

Living Organ DonationDuring the month of April, we like to shine a light on organ donation to support and raise awareness about National Donate Life Month. Organ donation is giving the gift of life. Although it is a great concept, it is a concept that has a lot of misconceptions that affect donation decisions. Did you know that 95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor, but only 54% are registered? We are here to breakdown organ donation misconceptions, list the pros and cons of donation, and answer your questions.

Misperceptions About Organ Donation

A recent survey developed by physicians and researchers at Emory University, and published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, on organ donation and transplantation found that misperceptions about the lifesaving process are the most common deterrents for donating organs. Having concerns over receiving inadequate medical care [...]

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Kidney Failure Treatment Options
Mar 8, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

What is Kidney Failure?

Kidney failure is the end result of a gradual loss of kidney function. The most common causes are high blood pressure and diabetes. Kidney failure occurs when one loses about 90% of kidney function, and when the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) falls below 15. Those suffering from end-stage kidney failure have two treatment options: dialysis or a kidney transplant.


Dialysis is a common treatment process that helps the body remove waste from the blood. This process replaces the function of kidneys and keeps the body in balance by not only removing waste but preventing salt and extra water from building up in the body, helping to control blood pressure, and keeping a safe level of certain chemicals in the blood. There are two main types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Hemodialysis Hemodialysis replaces the work of kidneys [...]

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Emory Transplant Center Performs First HIV-Positive Liver Transplant
Mar 5, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

The Emory Transplant Center performed its first liver transplant from an HIV-positive deceased donor to an HIV-positive recipient. The procedure is not only the first successful HIV-positive to HIV-positive liver transplant in Georgia, but it is also the first in the Southeast. In November 2013, the HOPE Act, a policy allowing organ donation between two HIV positive individuals, was signed by President Obama. This Act became effective in November 2015, authorizing transplantation clinical trials between HIV-positive donors and transplant recipients. Previously, organs from HIV-positive donors were discarded, despite the fact they were often well-functioning and capable of saving lives. Through the HOPE Act, Emory Transplant Center and 21 other centers nationwide are taking part in the HOPE in Action clinical trial -- a prospective study evaluating the safety of HIV-positive [...]

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A Special Valentine's Day Gift: Wife Donates Kidney to Husband
Feb 16, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

In life, some things just fall into place. Seven years ago, Kerrie Poirot gave her husband Michael her heart. Now for this Valentine’s Day, she gave him the ultimate gift of love – donating her kidney and giving him the gift of life. Watch the story unfold from Fox 5 News. Kerrie’s surgeon, Dr. Nicole Turgeon, Director of Emory’s Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program, says she's most humbled by living donors. "They're selfless," Dr. Turgeon says. "They give an organ. They undergo surgery that they wouldn't otherwise have to have." Emory Transplant Center has a well-established program, performing more than 1,300 living donor transplants to date.

Emory Transplant Center

To learn more about kidney transplant and Emory Transplant Center’s Living Donor Program, visit [...]

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Emory Transplant Center Awarded Grant to Improve Post-Transplant Regimens
Jan 18, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

The National Institute of Health awarded Emory Transplant Center researchers $12.6 million over five years to investigate improved post-transplant drug regimens for organ transplant recipients. The Emory Transplant Center research team is led by Professor of Surgery, Christian Larsen, MD, Dphil, and includes Mandy Ford, PhD and Andrew Adams, MD, PhD. Leslie Kean, MD, PhD from Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington is also part of the investigative team. The research is a continuation of Larsen’s previous work, undertaken with Emory Transplant Center Executive Director and Professor of Surgery, Thomas Pearson, MD, Dphil, on costimulation blockers – drugs to prevent immune rejection of transplanted organs.

Past Emory Transplant Center Research

Together with Bristol-Myers Squibb, Larsen and Pearson developed a costimulation blocker called belatacept. [...]

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Kidney Donor: Joe Johnson’s Miracle Gift to a Stranger
Dec 21, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

In life, some things just fall into place. In 2015, Joe Johnson was a 58-year-old retiree, enjoying an easy life of golfing, fishing and aviation (he’s a private pilot). One day, a random online article changed the direction of his life – an article about kidney disease. Joe knew nothing about kidney disease. He’d never heard a word about it. Curiously, on that particular day, it grabbed his attention right away. The article described the plight of people on transplant waiting lists, especially kidney transplant waiting lists. “It was disheartening for me to see that there were over 100,000 people waiting on a kidney transplant and that between 4,000 – 5,000 of those will die while waiting.” Joe kept reading – and learned more about living donations. In that moment, Joe began his journey into kidney donation. “God began to place in me a heartfelt compassion [...]

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Real Patients, Real Stories - Hear from an Emory Kidney Transplant Patient
Nov 28, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Devin Gerald, a kidney transplant patient with the Emory Kidney Transplant Program, describes his experience growing up with kidney disease. Eventually in his late teens, Devin’s kidneys started to fail, and he found himself facing dialysis. Devin looked for a living kidney donor for transplant and in stepped his aunt – Regina Kinnie. She was healthy enough to donate her kidney to Devin but there was a problem - her blood type didn’t match his. That’s when Devin and Regina learned about something called the Kidney Paired Donor Exchange Program. Hear their story, and how it has change Devin’s life forever.

Emory Kidney Transplant Program

The Emory Kidney Transplant Program ranks as one of the most prestigious transplant programs in the country. Emory’s team of specialists are highly skilled in the care of kidney transplant patients and living donors. We will work


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Emory Transplant Center First in Nation to Earn Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition
Sep 25, 2017 By admin

Transplant Center NCQAEmory Transplant Center has been recognized as the first transplant center in the nation to receive the Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Level 3 recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). A level 3 status is the highest level of recognition a specialty practice can receive. “We are so proud of this major accomplishment by the Emory transplant team,” says Thomas Pearson, MD, DPhil, Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation and Executive Director of the Emory Transplant Center. “Delivering patient-centered care has always been our mission, so to receive the highest level of recognition from the NCQA is especially rewarding.”

What exactly is the Patient-Centered Specialty Practice recognition?

The NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. After developing the Patient-Centered Medical [...]

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Real Patients, Real Stories – Hear from an Emory Lung Transplant Patient
Aug 31, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis as a baby, Kendra Adderhold struggled to have a normal childhood. Her mother brought her to the Emory Cystic Fibrosis Center for treatment and, until adulthood, things were rather stable. But, after the birth of her son, Kendra’s situation started to change. Her lung function began declining quite rapidly and soon she would need a lung transplant to survive. Hear Kendra’s story as she describes her journey to lung transplant and how the Emory Lung Transplant Program has impacted her life.

Emory Lung Transplant Program

Emory’s McKelvey Lung Transplant Center specializes in the treatment of complex lung disorders and offers the full continuum of sophisticated care involved in lung transplantation. We are dedicated to researching lung disorders and providing the best treatment and care for lung transplant patients. Emory Transplant Center [...]

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