Posts Tagged ‘Emory Transpant Center’

Good Morning America Pays Tribute to a Transplant Recipient’s Wife

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 even after her husband found a kidney, Kristi Callaway continued her mission of supporting organ donations and helping to connect individuals in need of a kidney with donors from across the country. So far she has save 23 lives by connecting kidney donors to those in need. Good Morning America recognized Kristi for her extraordinary work.

Check out the full story and the video here.

 

Mason Guest House Celebrates Two Decades of Service

transplant house 11-9For 20 years, the Mason Guest House (MGH) has offered a peaceful, caring retreat for transplant patients and their caregivers. By providing convenient, low-cost lodging close to the clinical services our patients vitally need, the MGH is a major contributor to Emory Transplant Center’s success as a leading center for transplantation. It is one of the big reasons why we consistently rank high for customer service and quality care.

“All the residents [at the MGH] have a common cause,” wrote one guest on a comment card after a recent one-week stay following transplant. “Our experience has been very positive. When you live outside the area, having a place that is close to the hospital and reasonably priced is truly appreciated.”

The Masotransplant people 11-9n Guest House booked its first guest on Oct. 2, 1995. Since then, about 25 guests occupy the home-away-from-home each night. Blakely Humber, a liver transplant recipient from Vienna, Ga. who is pictured at left with his wife at Christmas time in 2011, is the guest who has been coming to the MGH for the longest amount of time.

The MGH is closely tied to the evolution of solid organ transplantation here at Emory. Both the Mason Guest House and the Emory Transplant Center were created with significant financial support from the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust. The fund was created in the will of Marguerite Mason specifically to support transplantation in Georgia at a time when she could visualize the promise of this lifesaving procedure.

Transplant families from Emory University Hospital, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta may reserve rooms at the MGH. The Tudor-style home has 15 private rooms with baths and three kitchens where guests may cook their own meals. It has a screened-in porch and gathering spaces complete with comfortable seating areas, a game area, an exercise room, and a music area with a grand piano and a guitar guests may play. Outside there is a garden and patio. It truly serves a home away from home for many of our patients.

Happy birthday, Mason Guest House!

For more information about the Mason Guest House, visit our website, or take a video tour below.

Emory Liver Transplant Program Appoints New Surgical and Medical Directors

Dr. Ram Subramanian

Dr. Ram Subramanian

Dr. Joseph Magliocca

Dr. Joseph Magliocca

There have been some exciting changes happening at the Emory Transplant Center – specifically within the Emory Liver Transplant Program. Just a little over six months ago, Dr. Joseph (Joe) Magliocca was appointed Surgical Director of the Liver Transplant Program. Dr. Magliocca joined Emory four years ago from Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. His research interests include liver preservation and perfusion with a goal of increasing the number of livers available for transplantation. He serves as an associate editor of the American Journal of Transplantation, the world’s most widely read peer-reviewed publication for transplant professionals. In addition, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) recently appointed him to serve on the PROACTOR Task Force (PROviding better ACcess To ORgans) to investigate ways to increase access to transplantation.

Meanwhile, Dr. James Spivey has stepped down as Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Program to serve as vice chair for clinical affairs in the department of medicine. Dr. Spivey will continue work as a transplant hepatologist, and provide both administrative guidance and clinical expertise at the Emory Transplant Center. In his new role, Dr. Spivey will work closely with chair Dr. David Stephens, Emory Medicine’s senior departmental administrative leadership and the division directors on strategic initiatives and will manage clinical faculty issues.

As a result of Dr. Spivey’s new role, we are proud to announce that Dr. Ram Subramanian has been appointed new Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Program. He has a dual role as both a transplant hepatologist and an intensivist. He began his career at Emory in 2007 and currently is the physician liaison for the abdominal transplant midlevel provider group. His clinical interests include inpatient care before and after liver transplantation, and his research is focused on critical care issues related to hepatic failure and liver transplantation.

While we have come a long way over the past decade, the Emory Liver Transplant Program continues to take steps to improve outcomes for patients, increase the donor pool, develop better surgical and medical techniques that improve quality of life, and create policies and procedures that increase productivity and efficiency in our program. We look forward to guidance under our new leadership.