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News from the transplant team

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Vaughn E Whittaker, MDKidney transplant surgeon Vaughn Whittaker, MD, talks about new breakthroughs that have increased the options for patients awaiting kidney transplants, including blood type compatibility and kidney exchanges. Whittaker is assistant professor of surgery, specializing in hepatobiliary, pancreatic and transplant surgery at Upstate Medical University. Upstate University Transplant Services

 


Wait list for kidney transplant

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Lavell Jones, RNRegistered nurse Lavell Jones, RN, pre-transplant coordinator in Upstate University Transplant Services, explains what happens when someone is referred to Upstate for an evaluation to see if they can be placed on the kidney transplant wait list.  Read more about kidney donation: The Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network.  For more information about the Upstate transplant program, call 464-5413.


Kidney donation and transplantation

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Ellen Havens, RNRegistered nurse Ellen Havens talks about kidney transplant and the different types of donors–living related, living unrelated, and cadaveric (from someone who has died). Haven is a certified clinical transplant coordinator in Upstate’s Kidney Transplant Services.  For more information, call 315 464-5413. Read more at Transplant Living.org


The importance of kidney transplants

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

J. Keith Melancon, MDKidney transplant surgeon J. Keith Melancon, MD, talks about kidney disease and the importance of kidney transplants. Kidney transplantation is an option for many patients with end-stage renal (kidney) disease, and can help these patients live longer and improve the quality of their lives. Melancon is the new director of the transplant program at Upstate.

Watch the powerful and poignant video A New Beginning, which follows a brother and sister through the gift of life, a living kidney donation. A New Beginning was created by Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist Ross Taylor, with the help of many, including the pre-operative and operating room team, the entire Transplant Program team and new transplant director, J. Keith Melancon, MD.