Two-way video hookup puts Lodi students in transplant operating room

NORTH JERSEY | Kristie Cattafi

Students at Liberty Science Center were able to ask questions of a transplant surgeon as the operation was going on miles away.

High school students at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City on Tuesday interact with a doctor performing a kidney transplant at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.(Photo: Michael Karas/
Lodi High School senior Gimelyn Yray is already enrolled in a pre-med program at William Paterson University and has dreams of being a pediatric surgeon. After seeing a live kidney transplant, she said she is now more motivated than ever.

High school students were able to get an up-close look at a kidney transplant surgery at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City on Tuesday, when they were virtually inserted into an operating room at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

Students were able to interact in real time with Dr. Stuart Geffner as he performed the kidney removal and transplant as the students watched and asked questions.

Liberty Science Center shows four live transplants a month: Geffner performs two kidney transplants, and two heart transplants are shown from Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark. The high-definition viewing is two-way, so Geffner can also see and hear the students and answer their questions as he is performing the surgery. Continue reading


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