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Why Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center

Dedicated to providing compassionate care of the highest quality, the Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center (YNHTC) team is comprised of world-renowned physicians, surgeons and scientists and a wide variety of organ transplant and medical specialties. Expert integration of clinical disciplines is one of the major principles on which YNHTC has been built. Working hand in hand with nurses, social workers and support staff, YNHTC physicians and surgeons coordinate the complex treatments before transplantation and afterward.

Our Outcomes

Any transplant program can claim to be the best. But when it comes to measuring how good a transplantation center is, data speaks louder than words. According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, a national database of organ transplantation statistics (from 7/1/06-12/31/08):
  • The adult patient one-year survival rate for liver transplants at YNHTC is 100 percent
  • The pediatric patient one-year survival rate for liver transplants at YNHTC is 100 percent
  • The adult patient one-year survival rate for kidney transplants at YNHTC is 97.67 percent
  • The pediatric patient one-year survival rate for liver transplants at YNHTC is 100 percent
These superior outcomes are the result of an uncompromising commitment to provide patients who have end-stage organ failure with state-of-the-art, compassionate care; and restore them to health through innovative surgical and medical procedures. The hallmarks of our program are clinical excellence, passionate patient care and research in organ failure for adult and pediatric patients.

Our Team Approach

At YNHTC, team members include transplant surgeons, hepatologists, nephrologists, nurses, pharmacists, financial coordinators, nutritionists, social workers, business associates, and even answering service staff who may take calls from concerned patients and families in the middle of the night. This approach has been shown to provide the best experiences and outcomes for patients.

Every successful team is led by a visionary, a person with a true commitment to building a team and motivating each member towards a unified goal. At YNHTC, that leader is Sukru Emre, MD. "One of the most important parts of my work is to bring them together and motivate them to work as a team," Dr. Emre said. Passionate about his work and humbled by life-and-death situations that fall into his hands on an almost weekly basis, Dr. Emre feels he chose the right field. "Organ transplantation is one of the most spectacular medical advances of the 20th century," he said, "and it has been changing rapidly since the 1990s, with revolutionary surgical techniques and vastly improved immunosuppressant drugs."

Another facet of YNHTC's commitment to excellence is the global expertise of its team. Drawn from all over the world, their diverse backgrounds have a common denominator: to provide the finest transplantation care possible.

Our History

The history of Yale-New Haven Hospital extends back to 1826, when the General Hospital Society of Connecticut was chartered as the first hospital in Connecticut and the fourth voluntary hospital in the nation. The Hospital is the primary affiliate of the Yale University School of Medicine, which was chartered in 1810.

Historical Milestones at YNHH



1967Kidney (first in Connecticut)
1983Liver (first in Connecticut)
1988Bone marrow
1989Pancreas (first in Connecticut)
1990Single lung
1992Heart from an unmatched donor
1997Heart transplants performed on adult identical twins
2003Jarvik2000 left ventricular assist device

Our Patients

While a list of data and milestones can be helpful in making a decision about a transplant center, the words of our patients may well describe the most compelling reasons to choose Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center.