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The Transplant Forum’s 2nd Annual Sharing Life Day

by Columbia Surgery on April 15, 2014

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2nd Annual Sharing Life Day
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 11 am – 2 pm
Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center
173 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY

The Transplant Forum aims to improve the quality of life for organ transplant patients and their families by supporting novel research and clinical care programs. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

For information and reservations please contact us: transplantforum@columbia.edu or call 212.304.7241.

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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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Transplant Patient Reunites with Care Team

January 30, 2014

TweetTwenty years after receiving a heart and double-lung transplant at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, grateful patient Sean Kunzli and his family came to New York City for a celebratory reunion with his surgeon, Craig R. Smith, MD, and the team that performed this lifesaving surgery. Born with congenital heart disease, Mr. Kunzli underwent the risky […]

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Laparoscopic Living Donor Hepatectomy at Columbia

November 8, 2013

TweetThis past September, three medical centers across the world simultaneously reported the first fully laparoscopic living donor hepatectomies on adults donating to other adults. One of these centers was in Belgium, another in France, and the third was here in New York City, at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. A living donor hepatectomy is a […]

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New Faculty Appointment: Joseph Costa, DHSc, PA-C

October 29, 2013

TweetInstructor in Clinical Surgical Sciences (in Surgery), Division of Thoracic Surgery Joseph Costa, DHSc, PA-C, is the first Physician Assistant to become a faculty member at NYP/Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He gained this historic status through a unique path that began with his position as Dr. Craig Smith’s private PA in Cardiothoracic […]

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Spotlight on Graduating Chief Resident Dr. Jeffrey Javidfar

June 28, 2013

TweetJeffrey Javidfar, MD is a recently graduated member of the 2013 class at Columbia University Medical School’s Surgical Residency Program. Dr. Javidfar began his studies here in 2007, and is currently pursuing a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Duke University. Before he left we caught up with him to learn more about his experience here […]

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Connected for Life

April 24, 2013

TweetIn the spirit of National Organ Donation Month, WABC-TV has partnered with NewYork-Presbyterian to spread the word about organ donation. While scarcity of organ donors is a critical problem nation-wide, especially low numbers of donors affect New York, which currently ranks 48 out of the 50 states in number of living organ donors. “It’s a […]

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Save the Date: Sharing Life Day

April 15, 2013

TweetReserve your place at the Transplant Forum April 28, 2013.

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Save the Date: Sharing Life Day

April 7, 2013

TweetReserve your place at the Transplant Forum April 28, 2013. Has your life been touched in any way by organ transplantation? If so, you may already appreciate that every organ transplant is made possible by unprecedented collaboration among scores of people. Obvious contributors include the surgeons, physicians, and nurses who perform organ transplantation every day. […]

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A Diabetes-Free Future for Patients after Pancreas Transplantation

March 26, 2013

TweetFor patients with type 1 diabetes, a pancreas transplant can mean a life free from testing blood sugar, taking insulin, and the constant threat of dangerous fluctuations in blood glucose. In February 2013,  NYP/Columbia’s Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program performed three pancreas transplants within 36 hours. Read about two such patients whose lives had revolved […]

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