Infectious disease physicians play a significant preoperative role in vetting the donor organ for level of disease. Postoperatively, pharmacists aim to avoid known medication interactions. Because HIV medicines can interfere with the immunosuppressants required after an organ transplant, patients’ drug levels are monitored closely.
Specialists from many disciplines played a role in the transplants from a deceased donor with HIV to a patient with HIV (see sidebar). They also take part in every transplant at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center. All transplants are multidisciplinary endeavors, involving more than a dozen specialized team members.
Thanks to the complex nature of care, Cameron says the first-in-the-U.S. operations have been a great success, as have been the several HIV transplants that have taken place since.
The Research Road to Transplant
The center is currently taking referrals for patients with HIV who need an organ transplant. With clinics available in the Greater Maryland and Washington, D.C., area, it is easier than ever to access Johns Hopkins care for organ transplantation.