Dr. Mulligan Elected President of OPTN/UNOS
Dr. David Mulligan, Chief of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, has been elected Vice President, President-Elect of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) Board of Directors. The OPTN/UNOS manages the nation’s organ transplant network under federal contract.
Yale New Haven Becomes First in Connecticut to Perform Pediatric Heart Transplants
Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) today announced that it has become the first hospital in Connecticut and Rhode Island to receive certification from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) to perform pediatric heart transplants.
Zimbrean paper: Altruistic, non-directed kidney donors should receive psychiatric assessment
Paula Zimbrean, MD, FAPA, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Transplant Psychiatry Services at Yale New Haven Hospital, is the senior author of a paper published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research that reflects an expert consensus on the psychiatric assessment of altruistic non-directed kidney donors.
Surgeons plan to use hepatitis-infected hearts to slash wait for a transplant
As many as 1,000 such infected kidneys are thrown away each year in the United States, but new medications have made hepatitis C curable — and made it possible to consider using infected organs for transplants. That could cut down on the wait time not just for kidneys but also other organs, especially hearts.Source: STAT News
Yale Medicine and Yale New Haven Health launch a telemedicine program for transplant patients
Yale Medicine and Yale New Haven Health have launched a telemedicine program for transplant patients. Physicians conduct virtual office visits with patients using videoconferencing within the Epic electronic medical record system--a first-of-its-kind program.Source: Yale Medicine
Yale New Haven Hospital receives approval and certification to perform HIV-HIV organ transplants
Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) has received approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to became one of eight transplant centers in the United States to receive permission to use organs from HIV-positive donors.Source: YNHH.org
State's first eight-patient kidney transplant
On March 12, Yale-New Haven Hospital announced the first eight-patient, paired kidney transplant exchange in Connecticut. Surgical teams — which included Drs. David Mulligan, Sanjay Kulkarni, and Peter Schulam of Yale School of Medicine — performed all eight procedures on the same day, which occurred during National Kidney Month. These life-saving donations all started with the offer of the first altruistic donor, Patricia Menno-Coveney of Mystic, Connecticut, shown at the podium, along with her
Study shows even injured kidneys can be used for transplants
Kidneys from deceased donors that have acute injuries are frequently discarded instead of being used for transplant. However, a Yale-led study finds that such kidneys may be more viable than previously thought, and should be considered to meet the growing demand for organ transplants.
Yale joins with leader in 3D organ printing to transform transplants
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery and Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science have joined forces with a leading three-dimensional biology company to develop 3D printed tissues for transplant research.
Yale students design a new device to transport intestinal transplants to patients
Almost 20 people die every day while waiting for an organ transplant. For patients in need of intestinal transplants, the wait is even more agonizing because countless healthy intestines are discarded due to the difficulty of transporting them. To solve this problem, five Yale students have designed a new intestinal transport unit.