Kidney Transplant Team
Specialists in each area provide the expertise vital to successful transplantation. Having spent their careers studying, treating and understanding the functioning of the specific organ, as well as the network of subtle interactions between the organ and the rest of the body, these physicians are able to precisely assess the evolving condition of the patient.
During long-term follow-up, the specialists closely monitor the patient's progress and help determine an individualized medication program. They make careful assessments of the body's reaction to the transplant and monitor and adjust the anti-rejection medications that truly make the transplant viable.
The excellence and specialized focus of our surgical staff is supplemented by the comprehensive expertise of nurse coordinators who provide 24-hour, 365-day-a-year support for the program.
From initial screening through in-hospital preparation and education, and during the extended period of follow-up care, nurse coordinators provide treatment, information and most importantly, close personal support. At any time, patients and their families can speak with someone who knows, someone who cares and someone who can help immediately regardless of the issue or problem.
We believe that the deep personal bonds that develop between coordinators and patients are essential to our work and crucial to the overall success of the program.
Transplantation is a complex, long-term process of which the actual surgery is only one element. To address every aspect of the many interrelated issues, a multidisciplinary team of experts becomes involved at the earliest pre-operative evaluation and remains involved throughout hospitalization and follow-up.
In addition to both medical and surgical specialists in the specific transplant areas, the team includes carefully selected experts from a wide range of areas:
- Infectious Disease
- Social Services
- Physical Therapy
- Financial Services
Additional consultants, as indicated by medical condition or coexisting diseases, are immediately available and are called in as necessary.
We see transplant candidates as patients and as people with a broad range of specific needs that must be addressed for the transplant to be successful.