Erie County Medical Center is on pace to finish the year with its largest number of kidney transplants ever at the hospital.
To date, the medical center has performed 109 kidney transplants in 2016 and 10 kidney-pancreas transplants. That's up from 69 kidney or kidney-pancreas cases in 2012, the year after the hospital opened a $27 million regional transplant and kidney care center as part of a project to combine the once-competitive programs at ECMC and Kaleida Health's Buffalo General Medical Center.
The number of cases by year's end will approximate peak years for kidney transplants in Buffalo in 2002 and 2008, according to data from the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network. The hospital also performed 13 pancreas-only transplants in 2016.
ECMC physicians performed a total of 107 organ transplants in 2015, 80 in 2014 and 70 in 2013. Continue reading