Best Transplant Outcomes in Region at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Naval Supportv Activity | Sharon Renee Taylor

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) has the best organ transplant outcomes in the greater Washington-Baltimore region, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), a regulatory body that tracks transplant program outcomes. Hospitals in the same region that report to the SRTR every six months with WRNMMC include Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

“Our patient and graft survival are nearly 100 percent and better than any other program in the area,” explained Army Maj. (Dr.) Jason Hawksworth, transplant chief at WRNMMC. The graft survival rate for the transplanted organs is 98 percent, he said. “In the next cycle we’re expected to have 100 percent in both.”

During the 18-month period covered in the SRTR report, WRNMMC performed 63 kidney transplants as the only military treatment facility (MTF) in the Department of Defense (DoD) to perform transplants. Continue reading