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Organ Donation Provides Diabetes Patients With Sudden, Life-Changing Cure

Three diabetes patients were cured overnight in February 2013 after they received a new pancreas at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, showing how organ donations can help save lives.

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Organ Donation Provides Diabetes Patients With Sudden, Life-Changing Cure

Three diabetes patients were cured overnight this month after they received a new pancreas at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, showing how organ donations can help save lives.

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Waiting for a Kidney Transplant? Your chances for transplant could soon improve.

The United Network for Organ Sharing, UNOS, the non-profit organization responsible for allocating donor organs to patients waiting for transplantation, is proposing a new system to determine how kidneys are distributed. If approved during a vote in the spring of 2013, this proposal will represent the first major overhaul of the national kidney allocation system in 25 years.

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"To Be or Not to Be"... an Organ Donor

Organ donation is hot stuff! Slogans and advertising yell, "Organs save lives! Register as a donor now!" But surveys show that the majority of people who choose not to be donors have either not thought about the question or are deterred by uncertainty as to what the process means for them.

In this opinion article, Arundi Mahendran, MBBS, MSc, challenges readers to engage in a different kind of discussion about organ donation.

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Anthony Watkins, MD: Mission to Haiti

In late June 2012, Anthony Watkins MD, a surgeon in the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgery Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia, traveled to Haiti as part of a humanitarian mission. He volunteered with the New York Chapter of the National Organization for Advancement of Haitians (NOAH) and the Haitian American Alliance (HAA), under the leadership of NOAH NY President, Dr. Henry R. Paul, to provide medical and surgical care to residents in the Fort Liberté area. In this interview, Dr. Watkins provides a glimpse of his experience.

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New Study May Hold Promise for Kidney Transplant Patients

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center is in the middle of a study called "Controlled, Randomized, Prospective, Double-Blind, Multi-Center, Phase I/II, Dose-Escalation Study of the Safety, Pharmacokinetics, and Clinical Activity of 15NP for Prophylaxis of Delayed Graft Function in Patients Undergoing Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation."

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Experts Debate Uniting Kidney Exchange Agencies into Single National Registry

The field of kidney transplant surgery is evolving in dramatic ways thanks to the advent of paired exchanges, or 'kidney swaps.' During a kidney swap, transplant recipients who have willing live donors essentially swaps donor organs. For patients who have a willing but incompatible donor, the strategy allows people who need a kidney to receive an organ that is a better match to his or her blood type and antibodies than their own donor could provide. The success of such exchanges has given rise to transplants among up to six donor-recipient pairs at the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program at NYPH/Columbia. And when hospitals across regions coordinate efforts, they are able to organize even larger swaps like the recent swap involving 30 donors, 30 recipients, and 17 hospitals across the U.S. over a four-month period.

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National Cancer Survivors Day

Sunday, June 10, 2012 1:00 to 5:00 pm
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
173 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032
Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center

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Everything You Need to Know About Pancreas Transplants: Part I

Who Might Need a Transplant?

Most candidates for a pancreas transplant fall into three main categories, all of which are related to diabetes, according to Lloyd E. Ratner, MD, Director of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Renal and Pancreatic Transplant Program.

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Everything You Need to Know About Pancreas Transplants: Part II

Three scenarios for getting a new pancreas are possible.

  • You may receive both a pancreas and a kidney at the same time from the same deceased donor.
  • You may first receive a kidney from a living donor, and then later have a pancreas transplant from a deceased donor.
  • The small percentage of patients with hypoglycemic awareness who do not have any significant kidney injury may receive a pancreas transplant alone.

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NYPH Participates in Largest Ever Kidney Swap

In an unprecedented organ transplant chain at NYPH and ten other hospitals across the U.S., thirty patients with renal failure received a new kidney in the largest organ swap ever performed. The intricately coordinated exchange enabled more recipients to have transplants, and to receive better matched organs, than if they had remained on the organ wait list — or if they had received transplants directly from their loved ones.

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Marking an important milestone: Raising money for renal transplant research at NewYork-Presbyerian/Columbia University Medical Center

The best thing about July 26, 2011 was that it was the most ordinary of days. No surprises, just routine.

Above all, a far cry from that same date 10 years ago.

When a cheery postcard inviting our family to New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center's Circle for Life: Renal 3,000, Celebrating 3,000 Kidney Transplants, landed from the mail slot on my kitchen floor, I was suddenly back in the pre-op rooms, recalling the early morning hours of July 26, 2001.

Ten years after her daughter's kidney transplant, one mother recounts her family's story and what motivated her to create a fund to help other families. Read more here.

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Altruistic Donor Makes NYC's First 4-Way Kidney Transplant Possible

Lloyd E. Ratner, MD
Lloyd E. Ratner, MD

On July 24, 2008, Dr. Lloyd Ratner led a 4-way kidney swap involving nearly 50 clinicians and eight operating rooms. The swap, believed to be the largest yet performed in the city, took an entire day. It was made possible by kidney donor Anthony DeGiulio, a 32-year-old securities trader from Red Hook, whose donation of his kidney made possible the chain of four transplants.

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Kidney Transplant: Physicians Perfect Laparoscopy

The laparoscopic technique for harvesting grafts has dramatically expanded the availability of live kidney donations for transplantation. This approach has rapidly been adapted as a standard of care worldwide because of its considerable advantages, but transplant surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital were pioneers in this procedure and continue to perfect the protocol.

Three-Way Kidney Swap Recipients Meet their Donors

Herbert Pardes, MD, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital CEO (center) with the six transplant recipients and donors.
Herbert Pardes, MD, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital CEO (center) with the six transplant recipients and donors.

On Thursday, September 6, 2007, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital held a press conference that was the setting for the emotional meeting of three kidney transplant recipients with their donors, following a successful three-way kidney swap procedure a week earlier. The multiple transplantations were made possible through the altruism of Long Island volunteer firefighter John Feal. The event was widely covered by media, including WNBC-TV, WABC-TV, WCBS-TV, Fox 5, NY1, WINS Radio, Associated Press, Daily News and Newsday. The New York Post and Houston Chronicle also followed the story.

Maximizing Kidney Transplant Opportunities for Patients

Lloyd E. Ratner, MD
Lloyd E. Ratner, MD, Director, Renal and Pancreatic Transplantation Program
A chronic shortage of organs creates dilemmas about fairly allocating kidneys to patients with varying degrees of need, risk, and potential benefit. Another major challenge in kidney transplantation is medical in nature – finding safe and effective ways of overcoming the body's natural tendency to reject the new kidney. At NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, the Renal and Pancreatic Transplantation Program is leading the nation in addressing both of these critical areas.

Columbia Clinician Takes KUFA Award for Third Year Running

Lloyd E. Ratner, MD
Lloyd E. Ratner, MD

Dr. Lloyd E. Ratner has been awarded the 2006 National Medical Award in Transplantation from the Kidney and Urology Foundation of America. The award honors Dr. Ratner for his contributions to the care of patients and for his innovations in the field of renal transplantation. A nationally and internationally recognized leader in the field of transplantation, Dr. Ratner performed the world's first laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy, the world's first dual renal transplant, orchestrated the nation's first paired kidney exchange, and developed the first successful protocol for the desensitization of highly sensitized patients with living kidney donors.

Previous Columbia clinicians to receive this award are David Cohen, MD, Medical Director of Renal and Pancreatic Transplantation at NYPH/Columbia, who received it in 2005, and Mark A. Hardy who received the award in 2004.

NYC's First 3-Way Kidney Transplant Performed at Columbia

NYC's First 3-Way Kidney Transplant Performed at Columbia
Dr. Lloyd Ratner with John McGuinness, the Long Island man whose gift of a kidney enabled the 3-way transplant to proceed.

On May 30, 2006, New York City's first three-way kidney transplant was performed by six surgical transplant teams, including 40 clinicians working simultaneously in six operating rooms at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia. Three patients, who otherwise had no compatible donor, received lifesaving kidneys. Such kidney swaps not only make more kidneys available, but make them available to patients earlier than they would have otherwise, helping to save lives.

First Kidney Swap Performed at Columbia

First Kidney Swap Performed at Columbia The first kidney swap in New York State was performed at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical on September 29, 2004. Only a handful of kidney swaps have been performed nationwide to date. "A kidney swap, or paired exchange, essentially involves taking patients who have potential donors who are medically suitable and willing, but blood group incompatible, and swapping donors so that two patients can get kidney transplants where previously neither would have been able to," says Dr. Lloyd Ratner, Surgical Director of the Renal Transplant Program at NYPH/Columbia.

The Search for a Cure: Islet Cell Transplantation for Type 1 Diabetes

The past few years have heralded remarkable improvements in the management of type 1 diabetes. Physicians and researchers at Columbia, however, are pushing to move past successful control of the disease, and reach for a cure. One promising experimental procedure, islet cell transplantation—currently in the clinical trials stage—may offer a vital step forward in this quest. Drs. Mark Hardy and Kevan C. Herold conducted their first islet cell transplant in January 2004.

Alonzo Mourning Receives a New Kidney

Mark A. Hardy, MD
Mark A. Hardy, MD

Former Miami Heat and New Jersey Nets star, Alonzo Mourning, took a giant step against kidney disease in late 2003 when he underwent a living donor kidney transplant at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Mark A. Hardy, MD, Auchincloss Professor of Surgery performed the transplant, while Marc Bessler, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery used a minimal access approach to remove the kidney from the donor.

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