In lieu of more donors, UVA Children's transplant specialists are bridging the organ gap by innovating new ways to broaden the pool. These complex procedures are improving organ allocation for both kids and adults throughout the region.
Learn more about their areas of clinical expertise and their approach to patient care.
COVID-19 took a significant toll on transplant programs nationwide. This week, UVA aims to raise awareness of organ donation and celebrate successful transplants with Donor Dash, a virtual race to support the UVA Transplant Program.
The goal of transplant is to replace the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas that are destroyed by the immune system. This can now be done two ways: a solid organ transplant or islet cell transplant.
TransMedics Organ Care System, a portable warm blood perfusion and monitoring system, gained FDA approval last spring for standard bilateral lung transplantation.
The evolution of this procedure is a great example of how scientists and physicians can, through collaboration, discovery and determination, transform a miraculous concept into routine practice.
A partnership between UVA Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has resulted in four pediatric liver transplants since April and four to six more are expected to occur before the end of the year.
Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion extends the period of time lungs can remain viable outside of the body, giving lung recipients access to lungs in locations beyond the region in which they are listed.
Read a case study about the collaborative, comprehensive care provided to Leslie Waller, who was diagnosed with epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (HEH).
UVA continues to lead the state in the scope and volume of transplant procedures performed with above-average outcomes, giving patients with organ failure greater options for improved health.