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~ ISHLT Members in the News ~


Dirk Van Raemdonck, MD, PhD
University Hospital Gasthuisberg
Leuven, Belgium

Air Space: A Lung Transplant 'First'?

MedPageToday.com, 19 Oct, 2013

When Belgian transplant surgeons reported this week their successful transplant of lungs preserved with a machine outside the body for 11 hours, they called it a world first. The patient with chronic lung failure suddenly developed acute liver problems and went into a coma, necessitating a combined lung and liver transplant. "A lung transplant can only be successful if the liver is still working properly," one of the treating surgeons, Dirk Van Raemdonck, MD, PhD, of University Hosptials Leuven, Belgium, explained in a statement from his center. [Also mentioned in this story are USA ISHLT members Christian Bermudez, MD, Edward Garrity, Jr, MD, Daniel Kreisel, MD, PhD, and Wickii Vigneswaran, MD.] Read full article →


Robert D. Levy, MD, FRCPC
University of British Columbia and St. Paul's Hospital
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Record-setting transplant patient still feels healthy after 25 years

TheGlobeAndMail.com, 22 Oct, 2013

When Colleen Kohse woke in a hospital room with a new heart and lungs, she tried not to think about how short her salvaged life might be and instead focused on the fact she could breathe. On Tuesday, Canada's longest surviving heart and double-lung recipient celebrated the 25th anniversary of her surgery, which came at the forefront of a wave of transplants that gave new hope to patients who were suffering from cystic fibrosis. Dr. Robert Levy, director of the Vancouver General Hospital lung transplant program, said Ms. Kohse's anniversary is a remarkable milestone. Read full article →


Karen Redmond, FRCS CTh
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
Dublin, Ireland

Number of lung transplants up threefold

IrishTimes.com, 8 Oct 2013

The number of lung transplants carried out in Ireland increased threefold in just two years, according to new figures. The dramatically improved figures for lung transplants—which contrast with Ireland's overall transplant figures—is being credited to the appointment of a dedicated surgeon at the country's lung transplant programme at Dublin's Mater hospital. Karen Redmond, who returned to Ireland from the UK in 2011, is skilled in a new technique that increases the number of available donor organs for lung transplantation. Read full article →


Steven Kindel, MD and James M Hammel, MD
Children's Hospital Medical Center
Omaha, NE, USA

Iowa baby is 3rd success story for Children's Hospital's new heart transplant program

Live Well Nebraska, 11 Oct 2013

Last month Katelyn Larson became the third heart recipient in the transplant program that Children's Hospital & Medical Center [Omaha, Nebraska] started this year. All three children are doing well, hospital officials say. ... The heart arrived that afternoon and was good and healthy, a nice match for Katelyn, said Dr. Steven Kindel, the pediatric cardiologist who has been in charge of Katelyn's case. Dr. James Hammel went to work. It is "very, very weird when I remove the baby's own heart and there's this gaping void in their chest," Hammel said this week. That void "looks awfully big and awfully empty." Read full article →

Cindy M Martin, MD
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN, USA

U looks back on organ transplant history

Minnesota Daily, 23 Oct 2013

Mandy Bradley needed a heart transplant as soon as possible. Last summer, an ambulance rushed the 25-year-old to the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, where she waited for a donor. ... On her 13th day on the waiting list, she was matched with the heart she needed—a feat that normally takes close to two years. Half a century ago, physicians at the University performed the institution's first successful organ transplant—and became one of the first institutions in the world to do so—by transferring a kidney between twins. Since then, University surgeons have performed more than 10,000 transplants. The University is still cutting-edge in terms of organ transplant technology, said Dr. Cindy Martin, an assistant professor and heart failure transplant cardiologist and Bradley's doctor. Read full article →

Edwin C McGee, Jr, MD
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, IL, USA

Groundbreaking Heart Device Keeping Patients Alive

NBC Chicago, 22 Oct 2013

Jim Armstrong, 47, said if his heart problems had started 10 years ago, he wouldn't be telling this story. Armstrong is the father of three girls, an avid sailor who's only missed two Mackinac races since he was 16, and a man who almost died in 2010. His cardiac surgeon, Northwestern doctor Ed McGee, suggested a surgery that back then required emergency FDA approval. It involved implanting two golf-ball sized turbines in Armstrong's chest. "It takes the pressure off the heart, gives your body the blood flow it needs when the heart is too weak to supply oxygen to the body and your organs start to fail," said Dr. Mcgee who is the surgical director of heart transplantation and the mechanical assistance program at Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. Read full article →

Alanna A Morris, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA, USA

Life-saving therapies could eliminate wait-list disparities

Family Practic News, 23 Oct 2013

More women than men died during the first year of being on the heart transplant waiting list, and the disparity may be influenced by the difference in the use of life-saving therapies, according to a 12-year analysis of a national database. After adjusting for several variables, researchers found that female gender was associated with a 10% increased risk of being removed from the waiting list because the women died or were deemed too sick during the first year. When the researchers added implantable cardioverter defibrillator use to the analysis, that risk was attenuated to 8%, although still significant, but adding ICDs and left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) eliminated the risk associated with the female gender, said Dr. Alanna Morris of Emory University, Atlanta. Read full article →

Elfriede Pahl Schuette, MD
Lurie Children's Hospital
Chicago, IL, USA

After Two Heart Attacks, a Heart Transplant and a Speedy Recovery, Baby Girl is Preparing to Go Home!

GrowingYourBaby.com, 08 Oct 2013

A baby girl who suffered two heart attacks—one while in utero and the other shortly after birth—is well on her way to recovery and is now being released to return home. "Usually as long as a baby waits for a transplant is about how long it takes to get them out of the hospital," Lurie Children's cardiologist, Dr. Elfriede Pahl said. "So I would have expected it to take about six weeks to get ready to go home, and she's only about two weeks out from transplant at this point. She's had a great recovery." Read full article →

Masina Scavuzzo, RN
Barnes Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, MO, USA

Scavuzzo is honored for her hard work

Barnes-Jewish Connect, 14 Oct 2013

Preparing for a lung transplant—or any transplant—can be a big challenge. That's why transplant nurse coordinators work extensively with patients to ensure they're physically and emotionally prepared for the journey ahead. More than 13 years ago, Masina Scavuzzo, BSN, CCTC, left the University of Toronto, where she worked as a nurse and lung transplant coordinator, to work with one of the largest lung transplant programs in the country—the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center. Once she arrived in St. Louis and immersed herself in the program, her goal was to promote excellence in lung transplantation and transplant nursing. Recently, Scavuzzo's hard work and dedication earned her the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) 2013 Nursing Excellence Award. Read full article →

Daniel G. Tang, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
Richmond, VA USA

Smithsonian's bionic man has artificial heart and prototype parts

South China Morning Post, 21 Oct 2013

Frank's skeleton looks like it was made in a bike shop, his arms and hands operate on batteries and a computer programme lets him have an "almost human-like conversation". Frank is a bionic man, built for a Smithsonian Channel special about state-of-the-art man-made body parts gathered from around the globe. While some of the developments may seem like science fiction, much of it is closer to science fact, said Dr Daniel Tang, a surgeon at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Centre, who is featured in the documentary. "Have we gotten to the point where mechanical pumps can replace a heart transplant?" Tang asked. "It's close." Read full article →

Rajat Walia, MD
St. Joseph's Hospital
Phoenix, AZ USA

Miss America aspirant has lung transplant

pr-bg.com, 28 Oct 2013

An aspiring beauty pageant queen with big dreams ahead has received a life-saving double lung transplant at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. Not an ordinary pageant contestant, Alyson Tozer, 20, was born with a chronic disease called Cystic Fibrosis which causes an abundance of mucus that affects the lungs and the digestive system. "It is not uncommon for females with Cystic Fibrosis to experience a rapid health decline in their early twenties, although it is earlier than the average Cystic Fibrosis patient," says Rajat Walia, MD, medical director of lung transplantation at St. Joseph's Hospital. Read full article →

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