Vanderbilt Transplant Center

Members of the heart transplant perfusion and recovery team pose with the TransMedics system used to preserve organs during transport. From left are Ashish Shah, MD, Harry Moneypenny, CCP, LCP, Matthew Warhoover, MS, CCP, LCP, Jordan Hoffman, MD, Kyle Rider, CCP, Joey Lepore, RN, CCP, LCP, and Marina Mailyan, MS, CCP, LCP.

Four heart transplants performed in whirlwind 48 hours

The Vanderbilt Transplant Center’s cardiac surgeons transplanted four hearts in one 48-hour stretch in August, thanks to VUMC’s perfusion and organ recovery teams traveling more than 4,000 miles across the country to obtain the donor organs.

Piper Davis is one of three single-ventricle patients who have received new hearts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congenital heart patient receives unexpected transplant

For years, doctors told Piper Davis it was impossible to have a heart transplant. She was born with just one ventricle, or pumping chamber, instead of two. A generation ago, such patients didn’t survive into adulthood.

Human lungs rejected for transplant recovered using novel technique

A multidisciplinary team from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Columbia University has demonstrated that injured human donor lungs declined for transplant can be recovered by cross-circulation between the human lung and a xenogeneic host.

Vanderbilt Transplant Center sets monthly record

The Vanderbilt Transplant Center performed 73 transplants in May, setting a Medical Center record for the most transplants in a month. Sixteen of those were heart transplants — also a monthly record — cementing VUMC’s status as the busiest heart transplant center in the country.

David Shaffer, MD, and Rachel Forbes, MD

Forbes named new chief of Division of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation

Rachel Forbes, MD, MBA, associate professor of Surgery, has been appointed chief of the Division of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation in the Department of Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, effective June 1.

Rehab technique may help increase donor lung supply

A new technique shows the potential to increase the supply of donor lungs by rehabilitating those organs previously considered too damaged for transplant.

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