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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 Emory Transplant Center Performs Its First 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 [...]

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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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Emory Transplant Center Ranked Second Largest Kidney Paired Donor Program
Jan 11, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Transplant CenterEmory’s Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program was ranked the second largest paired donor program in the country through the National Kidney Registry (NKR). ended 2016 with a bang. Emory’s Kidney Transplant Program was ranked the second largest paired donor program in the country through the National Kidney Registry (NKR). Our last transplant for 2016 set a new record for us at 55 kidney paired donor transplants in a single month. We ended 2016 with 399 transplants facilitated, an increase of 11% over 2015. We expect to cross the 2,000 program-to-date milestone by the end of this month. Emory began its Kidney Paired Donor Exchange Program in 2010, and has been participating in the National Kidney Registry since 2012. Paired donor exchange gives patients an opportunity to receive a living donor kidney transplant from a loved one or friend, despite incompatible blood types and positive crossmatches. In paired donation, a donor and recipient are matched with another incompatible donor and recipient pair, [...]

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Stranger Gives Holiday Gift to Georgia Teen
Dec 14, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

This time of year, during the holiday season, most people are shopping for family and loved ones trying to find that perfect gift. Well, a 16-year old Georgia teen received that perfect gift from a complete stranger – she received the gift of life. Kelly Bundick, a 42-year old medical sales rep and single mother of a 5-year old son and a 12-year old daughter, decided to donate one of her kidneys to the Georgia teen. Kelly saw a photo of the teenager on the Callaway Facebook page. You may remember Raleigh Callaway, a kidney transplant recipient who received a lot of media attention when his wife posted a message on Facebook with their two children holding a sign that read, “Our Daddy Needs a Kidney.” They were able to find a donor, and Raleigh had his kidney transplant surgery at Emory. To give back, the Callaway family continues the Callaway Facebook page to spread the [...]

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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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