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Kidney 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
Nephrologist Sriram Narsipur, MD helps us understand chronic kidney disease – its prevalence, how it’s detected, and treatment options. Narsipur is chief of Nephrology and medical director of Transplant Services at Upstate Medical University.
Registered 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.
Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist Ross Taylor will talk about recent projects he has done at Upstate, creating three (so far) brief films that tell poignant patient stories. Taylor is currently serving as a fellow in the Multimedia Photography and Design Department at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Read the story: Photojournalist highlights Upstate University Hospital in series of films See the videos: Music Therapy, This Changes Everything, A New Beginning
Kidney 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.
Upstate pediatric nephrologist Scott Schurman, MD, shares plans for a dedicated outpatient pediatric dialysis center that will be housed on the fifth floor of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. The new center will provide a pediatric-friendly environment for pediatric hemodialysis patients, including access to support services, a pediatric nurse case manager, and a home dialysis-training program. Read the story: Pediatric dialysis center to provide specialized care for young patients
Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers
Rob Kochik, executive director of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, discusses the history and importance of organ donation, and how you can help. With hundreds on waiting lists locally for kidneys, livers and hearts, he shares ways to become an organ donor, how to make the decision and discuss with your family, and some of the myths about why people don’t sign up. Register to become a donor now.
Watch the videos: Considering the Gift of Life; Six Myths about Organ Donation; Voices for Donation
Susan Sprague received a kidney-pancreas transplant at Upstate in 1997 that saved her life. She was chosen to ride on the Donate Life Float in the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, and talks about her deep gratitude to her own organ donor, and what it means to be able to highlight the critical need for organ donors locally and nationally.
Syracuse organ recipient will be on “Donate Life” float in Rose Parade, The Syracuse Post Standard