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Emory Transplant Center Physicians Named 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors
Jul 27, 2017 By admin

Top Doctors 20172017 Top Doctors AtlantaAs our Emory Healthcare family continues to grow, so too does our ability to provide Atlanta and Georgia residents access to more top health care providers. Atlanta magazine’s July 2017 Top Doctors issue features the annual listing of Top Doctors in the metro Atlanta area. We are proud to announce that of all the health systems represented in the list, Emory physicians make up half of the doctors – 50% of 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors to be exact. These physicians include those who practice at one of our six hospitals and over 200 provider locations, as well as those who hold faculty positions at the Emory University School of Medicine. We honor, celebrate and thank all of our 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors—and their amazing care teams—for providing outstanding care to our patients and families, and for truly making patient- and family-centered care their [...]

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Kidney Transplant Disparities
Jun 16, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Kidney Transplant DisparitiesA new transplant allocation system designed to reduce kidney transplant disparities for ethnic patients on the waitlist. According to a research study just published in the June 2017 issue of Health Affairs, a kidney transplant allocation system that was implemented in 2014 by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) led to reduced imbalance in national kidney transplant disparities among whites, blacks, and Hispanics who were on the transplant waitlist. This new system resulted in a substantial increase in the kidney transplant rate for blacks and Hispanics in the months following implementation. The research was conducted by an Emory team of investigators, with lead author Taylor Melanson, from Emory's Laney Graduate School, and senior author Rachel Patzer, Ph.D., MPH, assistant professor of surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine and researcher at the Emory [...]

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Organ Donation Awareness – 4 Your Life 5K
May 22, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Emory 5K for organ donation awareness

L–R: Dr. Wedd, Rachel P., Jennifer G.

Emory Transplant Center contributed to organ donation awareness on Sunday, April 23rd by participating in Donate Life of Georgia's 4th annual Run, 4 Your Life 5K at Piedmont Park. The morning started off cloudy with the threat of rain, but that didn’t prevent Emory's team of physicians, researchers, and nurses from participating in this important event. The rain held off as the over 250 registrants crossed the finish line to raise awareness of organ donation and celebrate those who have given the precious gift of life to another. The Emory Transplant team consisted of 15 employees who helped support the cause. They represented clinicians and staff from our liver transplant, kidney transplant, and lung transplant programs, as well as our team of clinical researchers.

Comradery, Awareness, and Passion

Rachel Patzer, Ph.D., MPH, a [...]

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Organ Donation Hits Close to Home – A Thankful Mother’s Story
Apr 20, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Organ Donation Hits Close to Home

D’Sean Bray, Heart Transplant Recipient

In December 2014, Renita Hylton, one of Emory Healthcare’s own, had to quickly familiarize herself with the subject of organ donation. She received the devastating news that her 17-year-old son, D’Sean Bray, was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy that would require a lifesaving heart transplant. “I knew something was wrong. He was always very active, and then he began sleeping a lot. When he was admitted, his heart was only functioning at seven percent,” she recalls. D’Sean needed immediate open-heart surgery to save his life until a new heart would become available. He was quickly placed on the pediatric transplant list. D’Sean was receiving care from the pediatric cardiology team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston when the family received news that a heart was available. “I was in disbelief,” says [...]

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Your Organ Donation Questions Answered – Giving the Gift of Life
Apr 13, 2017 By admin

Donate Life = Organ Donation

April serves as National Donate Life month – raising awareness around organ donation and celebrating those who have given the precious gift of life to another. Currently, more than 118,000 men, women, and children are awaiting a lifesaving transplant. They are in need of organs, tissue, and bone marrow which can all be transplanted if donors were available, giving recipients a second chance at life. Understandably, potential donors may have reservations about organ donation. During our live chat on Tuesday, April 25th, Sharon Mathews, MS, RN, CPTC, Transplant Coordinator of the Emory Transplant Center, answered your questions about organ donation. The live chat had a great turnout, and now all questions and answers are available online for you to review.

Organ Donation Chat, 4/25/17

[Apr 25, 12:01 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Welcome everyone! Thanks for joining us today for our [...]

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April is National Donate Life Month
Apr 1, 2017 By admin

Emory Transplant Center Commemorates Organ Donation Month

Donate Life Organ Donation Logo Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine, but the need for organ donation is greater than ever before. More than 123,000 men, women and children are on the national transplant list, within another person added every 10 minutes. Each April, we celebrate National Donate Life month to raise awareness around organ donation and honor the donors who have given the gift of life. Research shows that 95 percent of Americans are in favor of being a donor, yet only 48 percent are registered. Those awaiting a lifesaving transplant need organs, tissue and bone marrow. These can all be transplanted, giving recipients, and their families, a second chance at life. Emory Transplant Center is proud to play a part in transplantation – giving hope to thousands of people with organ [...]

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Good Morning America Pays Tribute to a Transplant Recipient's Wife
Mar 23, 2017 By admin

It all started with a Facebook post…Raleigh Callaway, a veteran Georgia police officer and patient of the Emory Transplant Center, needed a kidney transplant. Desperate to find a match as he entered the late stages of renal failure, he and his wife, Kristi Callaway, turned to social media to find a potential donor. Kristi posted a message on Facebook sharing Raleigh’s need for a kidney. The post resulted in more than 900 people contacting the Emory Transplant Center – one of whom was Chris Carroll, a health care consultant and grandfather from McKinney, Texas. He saw the Callaway family pictured on Facebook with their two children holding a sign that read, “Our Daddy Needs a Kidney.” Chris said he felt divinely led to call to see if he could become a donor. On Thursday, September 25, 2014, Raleigh received Chris’ kidney. Both recipient and donor are doing well. But [...]

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Emory Transplant Center Performs Its First HIV to HIV Kidney Transplant
Feb 23, 2017 By admin

Emory Transplant Center performs its 1st HIV to HIV kidney transplant Made possible by the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, Emory Transplant Center has performed its first HIV-positive kidney transplant from an HIV-positive deceased donor. Not only was this Emory’s first HIV to HIV kidney transplant, it is also the first of its kind in Georgia and the first HIV to HIV positive kidney transplant in 2017. Emory and eight other centers nationwide are taking part in the HOPE in Action clinical trial -- a prospective, pilot study to evaluate the safety of HIV-positive deceased donor solid organ transplants (kidney and liver) in HIV-positive recipients. Stable HIV-infected adults with end-stage kidney disease who meet study-specific HIV criteria for organ transplantation will be offered enrollment in the study at Emory. Currently, Emory is enrolling participants for HIV-positive to HIV-positive kidney transplants, with a plan to include [...]

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Real Patients, Real Stories - Hear from an Emory Liver Transplant Patient
Feb 9, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Simone Whitehead was an active 30 year old, running half marathons and chasing around her 2-year old son. In April 2016, she began to feel ill, and she slowly started getting worse. Tests revealed that her liver was failing, and that she would need a liver transplant. Hear Simone’s story as she describes her experience receiving a liver transplant from the Emory Liver Transplant Program and how she was saved by an exclusive liver dialysis therapy machine called MARS. [...]

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Emory Liver Transplant Program Ranked 2nd Nationally
Jan 25, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Emory Transplant Center has great news to share about our Liver Transplant Program. The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) just released their January 2017 program specific reports. In this latest release, when comparing adult liver transplant centers across the nation by volume and outcomes (survival at 1 year with a functioning graft), Emory is now ranked SECOND NATIONALLY, bested only by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Below is a portion of a graph that shows the top three ranked adult liver transplant centers by volume with an outcome score of ‘5’, meaning better than expected survival (survival at 1 year with a functioning graft). It is sorted from best to worst. SRTR National Ranking – Emory Liver Transplant Program Ranked #2* *SRTR.org As you can see, Emory is a large volume liver transplant center which attests to the [...]

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