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Donating one of her kidneys to a stranger; how living donors save lives; a whole-person approach to kicking opioid addiction: Upstate Medical University’s HealthLink on Air for Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Upstate University Hospital nurse Jody Adams tells why she donated one of her kidneys to a woman she had never met. Upstate transplant surgeon Vaughn Whittaker, MD, explains how such kidney donations are saving and improving lives. Upstate psychiatrist Brian Johnson, MD, discusses a holistic treatment for opioid addiction.

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Facebook plea inspires Upstate nurse to donate kidney to stranger

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Victoria Fitzpatrick holds her baby, Carter, as she talks about receiving a new kidney from Upstate nurse Jody Adams (right). (PHOTO BY WILLIAM MUELLER)

Upstate University Hospital nurse Jody Adams talks about her decision to donate one of her healthy kidneys to a woman she had never met in what transplant team members refer to as an altruistic kidney donation. Adams learned about Victoria Fitzpatrick’s need for a kidney through a Facebook post, written as if it came from Fitzpatrick’s new baby, Carter. Transplant surgeons Rainer Gruessner, MD, and Vaughn Whittaker, MD, explain how people need just one kidney to live, and how donating a healthy kidney can enhance the life of someone whose kidneys have stopped functioning properly. Dozens of people who saw the same Facebook post contacted the transplant team at Upstate to see if they were a match. At least one decided to donate one of her kidneys to another patient on the transplant waiting list.

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Living kidney donors greatly needed

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

The need for living kidney donors is growing, partly because people are living longer on dialysis, explains Vaughn Whittaker, MD, a transplant surgeon at Upstate. Everyone has two kidneys and can live with just one, and a kidney from a live donor tends to be of higher quality, he says. While some people fear live donation, Whittaker explains the safety factors and support system that let almost any healthy adult donate, as well as  breakthroughs like the ability to donate to someone with an incompatible blood type. Questions about kidney donation may be made to Upstate’s transplant clinic at 464-5413.

 

 

 

 

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Pancreas recipients overjoyed at prospect of life without diabetes

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

For the first time in their lives, Patrick Nolan, 52 (at left in photo), and Harry Tynan, 39 (at right), are doing what most people take for granted: living without having to constantly check their blood sugar or inject insulin. Each man was diagnosed as a child with Type 1 diabetes and has spent his life dealing with the disease and the kidney damage it can cause. Each man has also received a kidney transplant, and each recently received a transplanted pancreas at Upstate, in effect curing their diabetes. “I’m reliving my youth again. … I just wake up and go, ‘Wow!’“ says Nolan of Syracuse. “It’s a complete change just to look forward and not have to do injections,” notes Tynan of Oswego. “I’m ready to pick up the insulin pen, and I don’t have to.”

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HealthLink on Air radio show: December 6, 2015

Friday, December 4th, 2015

December 6, 2015

radio showPhysical therapist Patrick VanBeveren talks about lifelong brain health. Transplant surgeon Rainer Gruessner, MD, discusses kidney and pancreas transplant options. Pediatricians Travis Hobart, MD, and Joseph Nimeh, MD, explain how food relates to social justice and nutrition.

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New transplant surgeon performs kidney, pancreas surgeries

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Upstate‘s new transplant surgery chief, Rainer Gruessner, MD, talks about current kidney transplant options and the various types of pancreas transplants he plans to offer to adults and children. He says a good number of people who need a kidney would also benefit from a new pancreas.

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Memorial tree honors living kidney donors

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Vaughn E Whittaker, MDEllen Havens, RNTransplant surgeon Vaughn Whittaker, MD, and living donor transplant coordinator Ellen Havens explain new options for kidney transplant and tell about a living donor memorial tree at Upstate University Hospital.

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A kidney transplant story

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Tim and Brandon Hudson

Tim Hudson and son Brandon

Vaughn Whittaker, MD

Vaughn Whittaker, MD

Transplant surgeon Vaughn Whittaker, MD is joined by patient Timothy Hudson to share a compelling story of survival. Hudson received a living donor kidney transplant from his son Brandon, and Whittaker was part of the transplant team for the paired exchange. Whittaker is assistant professor of surgery, specializing in hepatobiliary, pancreatic and transplant services at Upstate Medical University. Read the blog: A life-saving gesture: Son donates kidney to father
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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

 

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Kidney disease and treatments

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Sriram S Narsipur, MDNephrologist 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.

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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.

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Capturing poignant moments on film

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Ross TaylorPulitzer 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

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