United Network for Organ Sharing Archives
Launch of living liver transplant program to increase availability of organs
Nov. 13, 2019—VUMC is launching a living liver donor transplant program, significantly increasing the number of available organs for life-saving transplants.
Transplant centers, patients unite to stop new organ sharing policy that threatens longer waits for a liver
Apr. 23, 2019—Vanderbilt University Medical Center and 13 other highly regarded liver transplant centers have filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping Federal policy changes that are slated to take effect Tuesday, April 30, that will affect thousands of patients across the Southeast and Midwest waiting for donor livers.
Patient’s kidney transplant a ‘bittersweet’ family affair
Sep. 22, 2016—Turning tragedy into triumph is something Khris Downing is learning to do. He’s getting a lot of practice, as he is alive today because of a life-saving organ donation from his older sister, Geraldine Williams, who died on July 26.
Larger transplant centers produce improved outcomes: study
Sep. 15, 2016—How many heart transplant programs do we really need? That was a question posed by a group of investigators, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Ashish Shah, M.D., in a novel study that used a computerized algorithm to highlight the value of high-volume transplant centers with corresponding improved outcomes.
Proposed changes could impact liver transplant efforts
Sep. 8, 2016—A new proposal under consideration by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) that would change the way donated livers are distributed would negatively impact patients listed for liver transplantation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and across the Southeast, according to Seth Karp, M.D., H. William Scott Jr. Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery.
Age no barrier for patient’s transplant surgery success
Aug. 18, 2016—The old adage that age is just a number actually became a lifesaver for 71-year-old Rex Parton.
Girl’s dual heart, kidney transplants a VUMC first
Jun. 23, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently performed its first pediatric dual heart/kidney transplant on a 13-year-old girl from Chattanooga.
Study leads to new heart transplant decision support tool
Feb. 18, 2016—Because donor organs are scarce, understanding the mortality risk associated with heart transplantation is an important consideration when evaluating patients for transplant.