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Emory Transplant Center Celebrates National Minority Donor Awareness Week
Aug 27, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

multi-ethnicAugust is a good time to honor our minority donors who make the benefits of transplantation possible. National Minority Donor Awareness Week, celebrated annually on August 1-7, is a nationwide observance to honor the generosity of multicultural donors and their families, while also underscoring the critical need for people from diverse communities to become organ donors. The Emory Transplant Center is committed to bringing attention to the critical need for organ donors. The need for minority donors is especially profound.

2014 Statistics:

  • 58% of individuals on the national organ transplant waiting list were comprised of minorities (this number includes Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and people of multiracial decent)
  • 32%
of all deceased donors were minorities
  • 42%
of all those receiving transplants were minorities (Source: U.S.
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Improving Dialysis Patients' Lives Through Kidney Transplantation
Aug 13, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

Emory Transplant Center continues to be a leader in research by studying ways we can better bring the benefits of kidney transplantation to Georgia residents. Several Emory studies have documented that receiving a kidney transplant before dialysis, or soon after beginning treatment, can improve patient outcomes and quality of life. A recent study conducted by the Emory Transplant Center, along with two other healthcare systems in Georgia and the Southeastern Kidney Transplant Coalition, looked at why patient referral rates from dialysis centers to transplant facilities were so low. They found that three-quarters of Georgia patients on dialysis were not even being evaluated for a possible kidney transplant within their first year of dialysis. “The study found that fewer than 28% of Georgia dialysis patients were referred to one of the state’s three adult kidney transplant [...]

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Flu Vaccination Proves to Reduce Rejection in Transplant Recipients
Jul 30, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

transplant_7-30Although we are currently in the throws of summer heat, schools will be starting back in the next few weeks and soon the Fall season will be upon us. With that begins flu season. The Emory Transplant Center has always encouraged our patients to get their flu shot early on in the season, and now a research study has proven it to be most effective in reducing rejection. A recent Emory study presented at the Emory Transplant Center shows that a flu shot in the first year post-transplant reduces rates of hospitalization for recipients of all organ types. The study also proved that vaccination reduces acute rejection rates among transplant recipients.

“We designed our study to compare the clinical outcomes between solid organ transplant recipients [lung, heart, kidney, and liver] at Emory University Hospital who receive flu vaccination with those who didn’t,” says Dr. G. Marshall [...]

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Finding a Better Antifungal Agent for Lung Transplant Patients
Jul 16, 2015 By Emory Healthcare

Transplant_7-16Because human airways are open to airborne fungal spores and pathogens, lung transplant patients are especially susceptible to infections, a major cause of post-transplant disease and even death. A reliable means of preventing fungal infection in lung transplant patients is the drug posaconazole. Even though it serves well for preventing infection, the oral suspension has poor bioavailability, or absorption into the bloodstream, and patients need to have low gastric pH and high dietary fat intake for adequate systemic exposure. In November 2013, the FDA approved a new formulation, a posaconazole extended-release tablet, which doctors at Emory Transplant Center began prescribing to patients because of its predictable absorption and improved systemic exposure. “The purpose of the research study was to compare the oral suspension with the extended-release tablets and determine [...]

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Emory Transplant Center Giving Back
Jun 25, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

Swing Easy Transplant Charity Check

(From left to right) Kirk Franz, seen here with two of his daughters, Dr. Tom Pearson, Executive Director, Emory Transplant Center and Chris Dimotta, Emory Transplant Center Administrator.

Every year, National Donate Life Month at Emory is a festive time to honor the donors and donor families who make renewed lives through transplantation possible. This past April was no exception as Emory Transplant Center physicians and staff participated in community events to raise money for two worthy causes – the Georgia Transplant Foundation and Donate Life of Georgia. Both organizations play a major role in helping to support transplant recipients in Georgia. The Swing Easy Hit Hard golf tournament, held on April 16th at Windermere Country Club, has become an annual Emory tradition. The event is organized and hosted by Emory liver transplant recipient Kirk Franz. Thankful for his [...]

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Emory Transplant Center Receives Grant to Help Increase Access to Living Donor Kidney Transplants
Jun 11, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

Living Kidney Donor Transp;lantThe Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust has awarded the Emory Transplant Center a $500,000 grant over two years that will go a long way toward saving lives and increasing access to the benefits of living donor kidney transplants among Georgians. The grant will help Emory Transplant Center researchers design, implement and evaluate new recruitment and retention tools in partnership with Tonic Health, a leading medical data collection system. The initiative's goals are to help living donor candidates navigate the donation process and to be able to easily track them through the entire transplant process. “Due to enhanced awareness in the community, an increase in accessibility and various educational initiatives there are more end-stage renal disease [ESRD] patients in Georgia coming forward as potential candidates for transplantation,” says Dr. Thomas Pearson, executive director [...]

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Celebrating Emory Transplant Center’s Social Workers
May 28, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

transplant-social-worker-supportIn March, we celebrated Emory Transplant Center social workers as we commemorated National Social Work Month. Information fairs were held to educate patients and their families about the role social workers play in the transplant process, and resources that can help our special patient population. The theme for the month was "Social Work Paves the Way for Change," which was a good way to describe exactly what our 16 transplant social workers do every day. ETC social workers help make positive changes in individual patients throughout the transplant process as well as for the transplant community as a whole. They assess and address the emotional, psychosocial, adjustment, and resource needs of patients and caregivers throughout the transplant journey. Social workers serve as a voice to speak up for the best interests of transplant patients and their families. They evaluate [...]

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Takeaways from Dr. Turgeon’s Organ Donation and Paired Donor Exchange Live Chat
May 5, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

organ donation monthThank you to everyone who joined us during National Donate Life Month for the live web chat hosted by Emory Transplant Center surgeon, Dr. Nicole Turgeon. Dr. Turgeon answered questions about organ donation, including paired donor exchange - what it is, how it works and how paired donor exchange is helping patients get a second chance at life. Perhaps the most important message from Dr. Turgeon was one on the importance of organ donation and how it can have a huge impact on people’s lives. We were thrilled with the number of people who registered and were able to participate in the chat. The response was so great that we had a few questions we were not able to answer so we have answered them below for your reference. If you missed this informative chat, be sure to check out the full list of questions and answers located on our chat transcript. You may also visit the [...]

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Eat Well, Live Well: The Importance of Nutrition for the Transplant Patient
Apr 30, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

transplant nutritionWe all know good nutrition plays a critical role in overall health. But for transplant patients, good nutrition is especially important. Francoise Maillet, a clinical dietitician who works with the Emory Transplant Center, wrote an informative article that highlights the importance of nutrition and the powerful impact it has on the wellbeing of a transplant patient’s life. “In the waiting period prior to a transplant, good nutrition plays a vital role in helping the potential recipient maintain maximum health and wellbeing. This can greatly affect the transplant surgery itself, the healing process, and also the quality of life afterward”, Maillet writes in her article, Eat Well to Live Long. She continues on to say that post-transplant, the need for calories, protein, vitamins and minerals is increased during recovery. If nutritional needs are not met, malnutrition [...]

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Understanding Organ Donation: Deciding to Give the Gift of Life
Mar 31, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

organ donation monthApril 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 115,000 men, women and children are awaiting a life saving 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. The Emory Transplant Center has compiled a list of pros and cons to help you with your decision to become an organ donor. Of note, the cons referenced below may in fact not be cons at all, but rather based on misconceptions.

Pros:

  • ONE organ donor can save up to EIGHT lives. With more than 115,000 men, women and children awaiting organ transplant in the U.S., by registering to become an organ donor you can
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