Follow-Up

One year later, transplant program is thriving

On a crisp fall afternoon, Sukru Emre, M.D., chief of organ transplantation and immunology, had just looked in on a 7-month-old boy recovering from a lifesaving liver transplant—the surgeon’s 51st such surgery in less than 14 months. “He’s doing very well now and hopefully will go home soon,” Emre said.Since Emre came to Yale last year to revitalize the organ transplantation section [See “Putting the Fire Back into Yale’s Transplant Program,” Autumn 2007], he has also raised the number of kidney transplants—the section has done 101 in the past year, the highest number in its history—while the liver program boasts a best-in-the-nation survival rate of 100 percent six months after surgery. Although infection...

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