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Dr. Kato to Receive 2014 Nobility in Science Award

by Columbia Surgery on February 26, 2014

Tomoaki Kato, MD

Tomoaki Kato, MD

The Sarcoma Foundation of America will award Tomoaki Kato, MD its 2014 Nobility in Science Award at its 12th SFA Annual Gala, “Finding the Cure in Our Time-Generating Hope” on Monday, May 5, 2014. Dr. Kato is Surgical Director for Liver and Gastrointestinal Transplantation and Chief, Division of Abdominal Transplantation, at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

The Nobility in Science Award honors an individual who has made outstanding advancements in the areas of sarcoma research and treatment. The foundation chose Dr. Kato in recognition of his achievements in “ex vivo” transplant surgery, which entails the removal and re-implantation of as many as six abdominal organs. In an 18-hour surgery that was featured on ABC’s NY Med, Dr. Kato saved the life of one of the foundation’s Board Members by removing her abdominal organs, clearing them of the sarcoma, and replacing them back into her body.

In addition to receiving the Nobility in Science award, Dr. Kato will also speak at the Sarcoma Foundation of America’s Annual Educational Conference, Ask the Experts: Advances in Sarcoma Treatment and Research on May 4, 2014.

Learn more about Dr. Kato’s innovative work at livermd.org.

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“Alive with a New, Old Liver”

by Columbia Surgery on February 11, 2014

New York Times Highlights Creative Liver Transplant Surgery in Children

In recognition of February being Organ Donor Awareness Month, we share an inspiring story from the New York Times.

When you think about organ donation, you may think about the prospect of donating organs after a loved one’s (or your own) untimely death. Or perhaps you may be familiar with living donor organ donation, in which a benevolent healthy donor gives a kidney or a portion of their liver to allow someone to undergo a lifesaving transplant.

Tomoaki Kato, MD

Tomoaki Kato, MD

The February 3, 2014 Well column in the New York Times highlighted yet another way in which organ donation can save lives. The column tells the story of Jonathan Nunez, an 8-year-old boy who underwent a very special type of liver transplantation by Tomoaki Kato, MD, Surgical Director of Liver and Abdominal Transplantation.

Jonathan’s transplant, called auxiliary partial orthotopic liver transplantation (APOLT), is a unique type of surgery in which part of his failing liver was left in place when he received his new liver. Because the liver has the capability to regenerate, his native liver had the chance to heal while the new healthy tissue handled his body’s essential functions.

The hope was that with this support, Jonathan’s original liver would heal. And in his case, as in virtually all the other children Dr. Kato has transplanted, it worked.

According to Dr. Kato, “When the failing liver recovers, the child can stop taking the powerful immunosuppressant drugs that are required after transplant surgery. The donated portion of liver will wither and die, leaving the child with a healthy liver and medication-free once again.”

APOLT, also called partial liver transplantation, is appropriate for some children with acute liver failure. It is not appropriate for chronic liver failure, and it does not work as well in adults. As a result, few surgeons in the country have extensive experience with it.

Dr. Kato, one of the highest regarded pediatric transplant surgeons in the U.S. and a pioneer of creative approaches to liver and intestinal transplantation, has performed APOLT in 13 children. Twelve of the 13 children’s native livers have recovered so far, allowing them to stop taking immunosuppressant medications and live normal lives.

See the full story in the New York Times here, and learn more about living donor liver transplantation here.

Videos of Dr. Kato explaining liver and intestinal transplantation are also available in the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation’s Patient Guide.

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Portrait of a Patient: Amanda Aung

February 6, 2013

TweetEvery parent wants their baby to be born healthy and normal, and when that doesn’t happen, it can feel like the world is falling apart. For babies like Amanda Aung, the pediatric liver transplant team is there to help put it back together again. Every day, babies are born with congenital defects (present at birth) […]

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Health and Education for Asian Livers (H+EAL)

September 27, 2012

TweetOutreach Program Educates New York Immigrants about Liver Disease Three specialists from the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation (CLDT) at NYP/Columbia spoke at a special event for the Asian community in Flushing, NY May 7, 2012. Between 300 and 400 people attended the event, titled Prevention and Treatment of Liver Diseases for Asians, which […]

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U.S. News & World Report Recognizes 33 Top Doctors at NYP/Columbia Department of Surgery

September 21, 2012

TweetCongratulations to the thirty three surgeons at the Department of Surgeon for being recognized by U.S. News & World Report in their 2012 list of Top Doctors. Of these top-ranked surgeons, U.S. News further identified seventeen physicians as being in the top one percent in the nation in their specialties. U.S. News & World Report’s […]

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NY Med “Stars” Share Their TV Experience

August 16, 2012

TweetColumbia Surgery Blog Talk Radio recently featured Tomoaki Kato, MD, Chief, Division of Abdominal Organ Transplantation NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and Anthony Watkins, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Transplantation at NYP/Columbia, who also have appeared on the national television documentary NY Med Listeners asked the two physicians a range of questions, from […]

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Living Donor Transplantations in NY MED

August 3, 2012

Tweet Previously on NY Med, we have seen cameras intimately follow both doctors and their patients as they went through the arduous and sometimes frustrating process of transplantation and surgery. The show has become a platform to highlight awareness of the organ donation shortage and how it affects so many waiting for a transplant. The […]

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“Lights, Camera, NY MED”

July 24, 2012

TweetMedical school does not traditionally prepare doctors for public speaking, let alone become television personalities. They do not offer an “Acting 101” elective in medical school. Yet the NewYork-Presbyterian doctors featured on the ABC hit series “NY Med” probably would not need that class even if it were available. “NY Med” is real-life in the […]

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Orchestrating Surgery with NY Med’s Dr. Mahendran

July 17, 2012

TweetDuring the premiere episode of NY Med, viewers were introduced to Arundi Mahendran, MBBS, MRCS, MSc, a transplant surgery fellow at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and an accomplished opera singer. In this interview, Dr. Mahendran provides a glimpse into her experience as a fellow and what it was like to be involved in the […]

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Highly Anticipated Documentary Series NY Med Premieres Tuesday, July 10 at 10:00 PM/ET on ABC

June 21, 2012

TweetFollowing the award-winning success of Boston Med and Hopkins comes the highly anticipated documentary series, NY Med, premiering on ABC Tuesday, July 10 at 10:00 PM/ET. For a full year ABC cameras were granted unprecedented access as they captured the lives of the medical staff and patients inside NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia. From Dr. Anthony Watkins’ journey […]

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