Northwestern Memorial Hospital Ranks as a National Leader in Living Donor Kidney and Living Donor Liver Transplants
CHICAGO, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Kovler Organ Transplantation Center employs techniques to expand the living donor pool
Newly released data from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) indicates that Northwestern Memorial Hospital's living donor kidney transplant program is the largest in the country based on volume of transplants from last year. In 2011, surgeons performed 154 living donor kidney transplants. Northwestern Memorial also ranked among the largest living donor liver transplant programs at second in the nation, with 21 such transplants performed in 2011. Northwestern Memorial also ranks in the top five programs nationally based on volume in overall kidney, liver and pancreas transplants.
"Over 100,000 people are waiting for a life-saving transplant, so we continually challenge ourselves to find innovative techniques to expand the living donor pool," said Michael Abecassis, MD, chief of the division of organ transplantation. "We are proud that our efforts have resulted in Northwestern Memorial becoming the largest living donor kidney program and the second largest living donor liver program in the country."
Under the leadership of Joseph Leventhal, MD, Ph.D., transplant surgeon and director of the living donor kidney program, and Talia Baker, MD, transplant surgeon and director of the living donor liver program, Northwestern Memorial has employed innovative techniques to expand the living donor pool.