Clinic on Eastern Shore Provides Pre Transplant Care

Eliminates travel for patients awaiting transplants on shore

The University of Maryland pre-transplant clinic in Easton brings surgeons from one of the nation’s largest kidney transplant programs in the country to the shore to serve patients from Delaware to Virginia. At clinic, patients will be seen by the kidney and pancreas transplant surgeons from the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore – the same surgeons who are likely to perform their transplant. 

Clinic is held at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. The surgeons and nurse coordinators at the pre-transplant clinic work with patients to help them complete all the testing they need to qualify for a transplant without driving to Baltimore. The first time patients should have to travel to Baltimore is when it is time for their transplant surgery. 

Joan Corbin of Smith Island, Maryland was spared a 3-hour drive to and from Baltimore when she began going to the University of Maryland dialysis access and pre-transplant clinics in Easton. Read her story

Review the frequently asked questions below, and call the clinic at 410-822-1000 ext 5050 to schedule an appointment to be evaluated for a pancreas or kidney transplant.

Q: What happens for patients when they come to the pre-transplant clinic in Easton?

A:

Patients who come to the kidney and pancreas pre-transplant clinic in Easton receive a complete work-up and evaluation for transplantation, just as they would get in Baltimore at the University of Maryland Medical Center, but without the travel. 

Patients should plan on spending a full day at the clinic so they can meet all the members of the transplant team, including: 

  1. Dr. David Leeser

  2. Dr. Silke Niederhaus

  3. Dr. Eugene Schweitzer

  4. Dr. Jonathan Bromberg

  5. Dr. Stephen Bartlett

  • Nephrology

  • Cardiac

  • Financial coordinator

  • Social work

  • Nutritionist

  • Phlebotomist

The nurse coordinator meets with each patient at the end of his or her visit to provide a checklist of tests that need to be done in order to be listed for transplant with UNOS. The nurse coordinator will work with each patient and his or her primary care provider to schedule the necessary testing locally – no driving to Baltimore. This additional testing may include:

  • Stress test

  • Colonoscopy

  • Mammogram or prostate check

Patients will not find out during this evaluation visit whether or not they are eligible to be listed for transplantation.

Q: What should patients bring to their first clinic appointment in Easton?

A:

Patients should bring the pre-transplant questionnaire (downloadable here) and a support person to be a second set of ears and help take notes. 

Q: After completing their evaluation at clinic, when will patients find out if they are eligible to be listed for transplant?

A:

Patients should hear something within three to four weeks after their clinic evaluation, provided they have completed the additional necessary testing. Some patients need more time to get other healthcare issues and tests resolved.

Each individual patient will be discussed by the transplant team to determine whether they meet the criteria required to be listed for transplant or if they need additional studies or to make changes in their overall health status. 

Q: Whom should patients contact with questions or to share changes in their health status after their clinic visit?

A:

A pre-transplant nurse coordinator is assigned to each patient when they come for their initial evaluation. That coordinator will be the patient’s point of contact throughout the pre-transplant process. Coordinators should be notified of any changes in health or an admission to a hospital. Notify them by calling 410-822-1000 ext. 5050.

Once patients have been transplanted, they will be assigned a post-transplant coordinator from the University of Maryland Medical Center to work with the patient and his or her local nephrologist.  

Meet some of UMMC's nurse coordinators in a few brief videos and learn more about how they support their patients every step of the way, before and after transplant.

Q: Where do the transplant surgeries occur?

A:

All transplant surgeries for living donors and recipients occur at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. More information is available to help prepare for a visit to UMMC

This page was last updated: January 3, 2014

         
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