It was a banner 2016 for Stony Brook Medicine’s kidney transplant team, which set a new high water mark for procedures performed.
The Transplantation Services Team – including nephrologists, RNs and a deep, multi-disciplined support system – performed 81 kidney transplants from living and deceased donors last year, the most in any year since the specialized transplant team formed in 1979.
The team also successfully completed two kidney-paired donations, another first for the 37-year-old program. Through national organizations like the United Network for Organ Sharing and the Alliance for Paired Kidney Donations, KPDs help recipients with willing – but biologically incompatible – donors “swap” with other recipients and donors in similar situations.
According to UNOS, such pairing efforts helped lead to a record number of U.S. organ transplants in 2016, with more than 33,600 procedures performed nationally – a 20 percent increase over the 28,000 performed in 2012.
Stony Brook Medicine’s kidney transplant program – self-billed as “the oldest and most active renal transplant program on Long Island” – is led by Wayne Waltzer, chairman of the Stony Brook Medicine Department of Urology, and Frank Darras, associate professor of urology and clinical director of Stony Brook’s renal transplantation services.