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A Kidney for His Son
Khalee Times, December 16, 2012
A former colonel of the UAE Armed Forces, Thaleb Al Rumaithi is tough and firm. But, like any other parent, he has a soft spot, his eldest son, Sultan. About eight years ago, when he was 10, Sultan developed a kidney disorder that required him to undergo dialysis on a regular basis. And to make matters worse, he also had an antibody that made him unsuitable for transplant...There was only one place for them to go, the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the US, where they met kidney transplant specialist Dr Hamid Rabb, who carried out the procedure on Sultan. That was five years ago.

HIV Organ Transplants
ABC7, November 30, 2012
Thousands of lives could be saved if HIV patients could donate their organs to other HIV positive patients.

'Genius' Pair Rewrite Rules of Organ Transplants, Among Other Interests
Baltimore Sun, November 14, 2012
Think of Dorry Segev and Sommer Gentry as intellectual magpies. The glittery ideas they filch from fields as diverse as swing dancing, systems analysis, water skiing and medicine seemingly have little in common. But Segev and Gentry weave them together into a strong yet flexible structure designed to protect fragile lives. Segev, 41, is a transplant surgeon at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, a pianist who studied at Juilliard and a former computer prodigy. Gentry, 35, an assistant mathematics professor at the Naval Academy, was a doctoral student when she caught the public's attention by designing a dancing robot.

Donating a Kidney Raises Risk for Hypertension, November 6, 2012
Donating a kidney increases a person's risk for hypertension, regardless of race, researchers said at the American Society of Nephrology's Annual Kidney Week in San Diego. On the other hand - and contrary to some reports - kidney donors are not at higher risk for diabetes compared with healthy non-donors, Dr Dorry Segev from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, and colleagues reported.

Baltimore Broadcaster Gives His Daughter the Ultimate Gift
CBS Baltimore, November 5, 2012
Many people know former Orioles executive Jim Duquette, who now broadcasts on WJZ-FM The Fan. But few know the pain his family has lived with for years. Like so many others in this country, Duquette’s little girl needed a kidney transplant to live.
Also covered by: Fox News

Living Donors and Families Join Together in Celebration of Life, October 27, 2012
Clint Burns, program coordinator for organ and tissue donation at Johns Hopkins Hospital, is a critical-care nurse and a liver transplant recipient. “I never cheat a day because of the second chance I got. I don’t know how you can possibly make a bigger difference in a person’s life than to give them a second chance,” he said.

One-Third of Kidney Transplant Patients Readmitted
Becker Hospital Review, October 16, 2012
Research result from Johns Hopkins reveals that three in 10 patients undergoing a kidney transplant are readmitted within 30 days of discharge.

The Long-Term Impact of Face Transplants
ABC News, October 1, 2012
“Plastic surgeons are trained to report form and function, but not necessarily how well patients function in everyday life,” said Gordon, now the clinical director of Johns Hopkins’ facial transplant program. “Face transplant is a marriage between transplant surgery and reconstructive surgery, so we have to think more like transplant surgeons.”

In Discarding of Kidneys, System Reveals Its Flaws
New York Times, September 20, 2012
Last year, 4,720 people died while waiting for kidney transplants in the United States. And yet, as in each of the last five years, more than 2,600 kidneys were recovered from deceased donors and then discarded without being transplanted, government data show...“There is no doubt that organs that can help somebody and have a survival benefit are being discarded every day,” said Dr. Dorry Segev, a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Final Gift: After Fatal Accident, Transplant Candidate Becomes Donor
The Tribune-Democrat, September 3, 2012
Thanks to a swap program, Cynthia (Sponsky) Hale of Ebensburg would be receiving a new kidney in just four weeks. A woman in Wisconsin, a friend of her aunt, would travel to Johns Hopkins Transplant Center in Maryland to donate a kidney to a man who desperately needed it. And Hale was scheduled to get a kidney from “a perfect match” during the Sept. 11 surgeries, her mother, Carole Sponsky, said. But on Aug. 14, Hale slipped getting into the bathtub and hit her head.

Hopkins to Begin Performing Face Transplants
The Baltimore Sun, August 15, 2012
Johns Hopkins doctors have received approval from the university’s institutional review board to begin doing face transplant surgeries, becoming the second hospital in Baltimore to offer the complex procedure.
Also covered by: WBFF Baltimore, WJZ Baltimore

Improved Outcomes in Pediatric Liver Transplants Don't Have to Mean Higher Cost, July 10, 2012
The study, published online ahead of print in the journal Pediatric Transplantation, looked at 52 children paired up with 53 living donors who underwent transplantation at Hopkins between 1992 and 2010. The researchers found steady improvements in survival rates and overall outcomes without a significant increase in healthcare spending.

Plea to End Transplant Ban Between HIV Patients
SFGate, July 2, 2012
A federal ban that forbids HIV-positive donors from giving organs to HIV-positive recipients is outdated and unnecessarily restrictive and should be repealed for the benefit of all transplant patients, says a growing clutch of health care and public health experts.

African-Americans Less Likely to Receive Kidney Donation, Study Shows, June 25, 2012
At the 275 transplant centers in the United States, African-Americans had at least a 35% lower chance of receiving a live kidney donation, said Dr. Erin Hall of the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. At some centers, African-Americans had a 76% lower chance of getting an organ.

People on the Move: W.P. Andrew Lee
Baltimore Business Journal, June 18, 2012
Dr. Andy Lee is being recognized for serving as the American Board of Plastic Surgery's 67th chairperson.

Liver Transplantation No Bar to Successful Pregnancy
HealthDay, June 14, 2012
Women who have had a liver transplant typically have successful pregnancies, according to a new study. Researchers found that liver-transplant recipients had a lower miscarriage rate and a higher live-birth rate than women in the general population.

More Hispanics Die Waiting for a Heart Transplant
Reuters, June 7, 2012
Hispanic patients in need of a heart transplant are 50 percent more likely to die before they get one than white patients, according to new research. And although that wasn't the case for black transplant patients in the study, the results suggest they have a higher chance of dying soon after they've received a donor heart than whites. "All of us have recognized that ethnicity and race play a role in outcomes," said Dr. Ashish Shah, a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, who was not involved in this research.
Also covered by: Chicago Tribune, Fox News

Heart Transplant - Younger Patients Found to Live a Decade Longer after Heart Transplant
Star Global Tribune, June 6, 2012
Johns Hopkins research identifies factors in long-term transplant survival. Heart transplant patients who receive new organs before the age of 55 and get them at hospitals that perform at least nine heart transplants a year are significantly more likely than other people to survive at least 10 years after their operations, new Johns Hopkins research suggests.

Planning for the Worst - Everyone, young and old, should prepare an advance directive so that loved ones will know their wishes regarding organ donation
The Baltimore Sun, June 5, 2012
It's every parent's worst nightmare: the call that comes in the middle of the night or interrupts a workday. It's the police or hospital calling to say that your child is in critical condition. As an emergency medicine physician, sometimes I have been the one to break such news, and it never gets easier. Two years ago, a good friend received that call. A car accident had left her teenage son brain dead. At the heartbreaking memorial service, my friend shared the bittersweet comfort she and her family derived knowing that a part of her son lived on in the many people he helped through the donation of his organs.

Former Orioles executive, daughter come through transplant surgery
The Baltimore Sun, June 4, 2012
Lindsey Duquette and her father, former Orioles executive Jim Duquette, have come through their transplant surgeries and are recovering at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a spokesperson for the hospital said Monday. The father gave his daughter a kidney after her organs were destroyed by a rare disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.
Also covered by: New York Daily News, The Berkshire Eagle, New York Post

Former Orioles Executive Jim Duquette to Donate Kidney to Daughter
June 3, 2012
A year ago the now rambunctious Lindsey was bedridden and lethargic. She couldn't attend school or play outside with her friends. She was too weak to even feed herself. A rare kidney disorder with no known cure, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, had destroyed her kidneys and seemed to have taken her soul. Last year she entered end-stage renal failure and her parents made the painful decision to have both of Lindsey's kidneys removed...On June 4, she and her dad plan to be wheeled into an operating room at Johns Hopkins Hospital where Jim Duquette will give his youngest daughter one of his kidneys.
Also covered by: New York Daily News, New York Post, Virtual Strategy Magazine

Study: African Americans Hit by Lack of Living Kidney Donations
The Skanner, June 1, 2012
At every transplant center in the nation, African Americans are the least likely to receive a kidney from a living organ donor. Research published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation, used data gathered from all 275 transplant centers in the U.S., and showed that those facilities serving predominantly African American populations had even higher rates of living donor transplant disparities. “We were quite disappointed to find that not a single center in this country had equal attainment of live donor kidney transplants in African Americans and non-African Americans,” said the study’s lead author, Dorry Segev, MD, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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Facebook Starting Organ Donation Dialogue Among Gen Y
Women's Radio, May 20, 2012
Dr. Andrew Cameron, Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is currently researching drug free transplantation “tolerance” via mobilization of stem cells...Dr. Cameron joins Keeping Up with Gen Y to talk about how the Facebook initiative hopes to create awareness and communication about organ donation among Gen Y. He also points out that, even though Gen Y have long lives to live, proactively declaring at a young age your intent to be an organ donor tells family and friends how you want to help others when your time comes.

To Your Health: Organ Donors Can Save or Improve Lives of 50 Others, May 12, 2012
Nothing can take away the sorrow at the loss of a loved one, but perhaps some families can find a measure of comfort when their loss is accompanied by the gift of life to others. One organ and tissue donor can save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people, according to the gift of Life Donor Program, which serves eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware as one of 58 federally designated U.S. organ procurement programs.

Third Chance for One Kidney
Chicago Tribune, May 9, 2012
By the time Ray Fearing was first diagnosed with a rare kidney disease back in 2000, the damage that had already been done was such that a transplant would eventually be his only option...When rejection occurs, the donated kidney is usually discarded, which takes place in about 9 percent of kidney transplants, according to the National Kidney Foundation. But thanks to an experimental procedure, Fearing was given the option to donate the organ to another candidate. He took that option immediately.

About 10,600 People Like Facebook's Organ Donation Effort So Far
The Baltimore Sun, May 2, 2012
Facebook has started an effort to get more people interested in organ donation -- and so far about 10,600 people "like" this...the effort seems to at least partially stem from a conversation a hopkins doctor had with an old classmate from Harvard who happens to now be an executive at the social media site.
Also covered by: CBS Baltimore, Maryland Morning

Facebook is Urging Members to Add Organ Donor Status
The New York Times, May 1, 2012
Nearly 7,000 people in the United States die each year while waiting for an organ transplant. It is a number that Facebook hopes to lower with its vast network of 161 million members in this country. The company announced a plan on Tuesday morning to encourage everyone on Facebook to start advertising their donor status on their pages, along with their birth dates and schools — a move that it hopes will create peer pressure to nudge more people to add their names to the rolls of registered organ donors.
Also covered by: MSNBC, Al-Arabiya, PC Magazine, The Washington Post, PC World, UPI, Time, ABC News, Fox News, BBC News Health, San Jose Mercury News, Salt Latke Tribune, International Herald Tribune, ABC2 News, Marketplace Tech, The Baltimore Sun

Heart Transplants for Older Patients
The New York Times, April 23, 2012
Is Dick Cheney just the first of a new wave of older patients who will be receiving heart transplants? In The Doctor’s World column in Tuesday’s Science Times, Lawrence K. Altman, M.D., chronicled the numerous medical advances that have helped the former vice president, now 71, survive serious heart disease for decades, culminating in perhaps the most miraculous treatment of all: a new heart. But in the near future, Mr. Cheney’s case is likely to be the exception, not the rule. Transplant centers don’t expect a flood of older patients anytime soon. Most 70-something adults with failing hearts aren’t good candidates for these demanding surgeries, experts say, and in any event, organs are just too scarce.

Transplant Technique Opens Door to Patients Forgoing Anti-Rejection Drugs
Chicago Tribune Health, April 11, 2012
The trial...was the testing of a new kidney transplant method that has the potential to someday allow organ recipients to live a life free of anti-rejection medication. The method, described this month in the journal Science Translational Medicine, suggested that through the manipulation of donor stem cells, the recipient's immune system might be tricked into accepting the new organ as a natural part of the body, thereby eventually eliminating the need for immunosuppressant drugs.

Cheney Too Old for a New Heart? Not So, Say Docs
International Business Times, March 28, 2012
Dick Cheney, at 71, was at the older end of heart transplant recipients and sparked a debate as to whether the former U.S. Vice President was too old for the procedure. But when it comes to transplants, age isn't necessarily a discriminating factor, experts say...In a 2008 study, older heart transplant patients had higher rates of infection but lower rates of rejection compared to younger patients. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine cardiologists examined data on 14,401 heart transplant patients in the database of the United Network for Organ Sharing, a non-profit that manages the US national transplant waiting list.

Transplant Technique Opens Door to Patients Forgoing Anti-Rejection Drugs
The Chicago Tribune, March 28, 2012
Since she was first diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease at age 19, Lindsay Porter, now 47, has had to face the reality that she would someday need a kidney transplant. "It really didn't affect me very much at all until my early 30s, when I developed high blood pressure," said Porter, who lives on Chicago's Northwest Side. "In my 40s, I started feeling really tired, and my abdomen just started growing huge by leaps and bounds. Eventually, my function declined to the point where I knew I was going to have to have a transplant."

Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Performing Face Transplant Surgeries, March 27, 2012
Only six face transplant surgeries have been performed in the entire U.S., one of them earlier this month on a 37-year-old male at the University of Maryland Medical Center. It was the first such procedure in the state and took place over 72 hours. Now Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions is following suit and expects to get approval within the next few months to perform the rare and complicated surgery.
Also covered by: The Baltimore Sun

Johns Hopkins Established Protocol to Perform Facial Transplantation
European Hospital, March 26, 2012
Johns Hopkins surgeons have established a facial transplantation team and are in the process of obtaining approval from the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) of their protocol to perform the complicated procedure. Face transplant surgery is a medical procedure that replaces all or part of a person's face with facial tissue from a deceased human donor. The surgery, an innovative reconstructive procedure, has the potential to significantly improve the lives of patients with severe facial injuries. The rare procedure — just five have been performed in the United States — can only take place with IRB approval. As of yet, no facial transplantation has been performed in Maryland.

Man Fights HIV Positive Organ Donation Ban to Save Partner
First Coast, March 21, 2012
He wants to save his partner's life, but a law is preventing it. Will Sherbert is one of more than 17,000 patients waiting to receive a liver in the United States. Although a potential match is with him every step of the way, Sherbert has to wait for someone else to be his hero.

Councilwoman Laura Padgett Undergoes Dual-Transplant Surgery
WWAY3, March 20, 2012
Wilmington City Councilwoman Laura Padgett is undergoing a dual-organ transplant surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore Tuesday evening, a city spokeswoman said.

University of Maryland Doctors Perform Full Face Transplant
The Baltimore Sun, March 20, 2012
The University of Maryland said Tuesday that it had completed a rare full face transplant on a 37-year-old man, including a double jaw and tongue....Across the city, John Hopkins Hospital has also put together a team of surgeons that could do a face transplant. The team is in the process of getting approval from its institutional review board for their protocol.

Younger Heart Transplant Patients Live Longer
MedIndia, February 28, 2012
A recent study has pointed out that heart transplant patients who receive new organs before the age of 55 live much longer than older patients receiving transplants. Examining data from the more than 22,000 American adults who got new hearts between 1987 and 1999, researchers found that roughly half were still alive a decade after being transplanted and further analysis identified factors that appear to predict at least 10 years of life after the operations.
Also covered by: Medical News Today

Tom Brady Loses Coach, Others May Benefit
The Baltimore Sun, February 22, 2012
Tom Martinez, longtime personal coach to New England Patriot Quarterback Tom Brady was slated to come to Johns Hopkins Hospital for a life-saving kidney transplant in coming months. But the Associated Press reported today that he died. The story says he had a heart attack after a dialysis treatment. But the publicity drummed up by Brady may mean others get the kidney they need.

Simple Test for Kidney Transplant Outcomes
The Jerusalem Post, February 21, 2012
A simple, 10-minute bedside assessment conducted prior to surgery appears to be the best method yet for predicting which kidney transplant patients will do well with their new organs, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. A report on the research, published in the February issue of the Archives of Surgery, suggests that a recently developed test of frailty, typically used to assess the physiologic reserve of elderly patients, is also a useful measure for transplant candidates of all ages.

Lack of Unified System Hampers Kidney Transplant Efforts
The New York Times, February 18, 2012
Many of the most prominent names in the field of kidney transplantation agree that the way to maximize the number of transplants through paired exchanges is to create a single, nationwide registry. That, they note, would vastly expand the pool of potential matches among transplant candidates who have willing but incompatible donors.

60 Lives, 30 Kidneys, All Linked
The New York Times, February 18, 2012
What made the domino chain of 60 operations possible was the willingness of a Good Samaritan, Mr. Ruzzamenti, to give the initial kidney, expecting nothing in return. Its momentum was then fueled by a mix of selflessness and self-interest among donors who gave a kidney to a stranger after learning they could not donate to a loved one because of incompatible blood types or antibodies. Their loved ones, in turn, were offered compatible kidneys as part of the exchange.

Tom Brady's San Mateo Coach Has New Transplant Hopes
The San Francisco Examiner, February 2, 2012
In June, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and countless other quarterbacks across the country were informed via Facebook that their mentor, Tom Martinez, had only one month to live. The outlook brightened drastically as a combination of changing his medications and resetting his pacemaker allowed the legendary coach from San Mateo to benefit from dialysis while awaiting a kidney transplant...Ten thousand “looks” and 60 potential kidney donors later, Martinez is optimistic that a compatible match will be found, and that he’ll receive a life-saving transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Also covered by: CBS Baltimore, NFL Network, The Baltimore Sun

Live Liver Donation Safer Than Previous Thought
HealthDay, January 20, 2012
People who donate a piece of their liver to someone in need of a transplant can still live a long and healthy life, according to a new study. This is possible because only a small portion is removed from a donor, and the liver is an organ that can regrow quickly, researchers explain. Due to a highly publicized liver donor death in 2002, live liver donation dropped from 500 transplants in the United States each year to just 200 to 300 surgeries. Live liver donation is believed to be more dangerous than it really is, said study leader and transplant surgeon Dr. Dorry Segev. As a result, there is a significant shortage of livers available for the 16,000 people currently in need of a liver transplant.

Thousands of seniors lack access to organs, January 12, 2012
Thousands of U.S. senior citizens with kidney disease are good candidates for transplants, but medical bias keep them from transplants, researchers say. Transplant surgeon Dr. Dorry L. Segev of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and colleagues estimate roughly 9,000 adults age 65 and older would have been excellent transplant candidates from 1999 to 2006, and approximately 40,000 more older adults would have been good candidates for new kidneys.
Also covered by: Medical News Today





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