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HIV Patients Experience Better Kidney Transplant Outcomes than Hepatitis C Patients, According to Penn Study

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:00:00 GMT

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)-positive kidney transplant patients experienced superior outcomes when compared to kidney transplant patients with Hepatitis C and those infected with both HIV and Hepatitis C, according to a study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and published online in Kidney International.



Penn Medicine Surgeons Perform First Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion Transplantation in the Philadelphia Region

Thur, 06 Dec 2012 14:00:00 GMT

Transplant surgeons at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have successfully used a new technique that repairs damaged donated lungs that would have been unusable, allowing for successful transplantation of the reconditioned lungs into a patient. The patient, a 66-year-old man from the Philadelphia suburbs, was transplanted at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and is the first in the region to receive donated lungs using this new procedure.



Penn Medicine Performs 1000th Heart Transplant

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:00:00 GMT

Marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the program, Penn Medicine physicians have completed their 1000th lifesaving heart transplant at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.



Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers Goes to Penn Medicine Researcher

Thur, 2 August 2012 16:00:00 GMT

A physician from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has received the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.



First Bilateral Hand Transplant in the Region Performed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Tue, 1 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

For the first time in the Delaware Valley Region, a patient has undergone a complex and intricate bilateral hand transplant that could significantly enhance the quality-of-life for persons with multiple limb loss. The procedure was performed by Penn's Hand Transplant Program which operates under the leadership of the Penn Transplant Institute and in collaboration with Gift of Life Donor Program, the nonprofit organ and tissue donor program which serves the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. The highly-trained team's first bilateral hand transplant was performed in September. At this time, the patient is progressing well and both the patient and donor family wish to remain anonymous.



Region's First Bilateral Hand Transplant Performed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

For the first time in the Delaware Valley Region, a patient has undergone a complex and intricate transplant procedure that could significantly enhance the quality-of-life for persons with multiple limb loss. In September, a highly-skilled, specially-trained team from the newly established Penn Hand Transplant Program at the Penn Transplant Institute performed its first bilateral hand transplant. Working closely with its partner, Gift of Life Donor Program, a team of 30 members – 12 surgeons, three anesthesiologists and 15 nurses – performed the 11-and-a-half hour double transplant procedure – a Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation – that involved experts in solid organ transplantation, orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery, reconstructive microsurgery and anesthesia. Details of this history-making procedure will be forthcoming a press conference tomorrow at 10 am at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.



Penn Medicine Establishes Hand Transplant Program

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 14:00:00 GMT

The Penn Transplant Institute, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) have collaborated to form the Penn Hand Transplant Program. The Program will operate under the leadership of the Penn Transplant Institute and in collaboration with the Gift of Life Donor Program, the nonprofit organ and tissue donor program which serves the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.



Understanding Donor-Recipient Genetics Could Decrease Early Kidney Transplant Complications, Penn Study Suggests

Tue, 25 Nov 2008 12:00:00 GMT

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found an association between the genetics of donor-recipient matches in kidney transplants and complications during the first week after transplantation. The team, led by Malek Kamoun MD, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of the Clinical Immunology and Histocompatibility Laboratory, and Harold Feldman MD, MSCE, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, has shown that small differences in the building blocks of cell-surface proteins used to match donors and recipients for deceased-donor kidney transplantation was associated with an increased risk for delayed allograft function, or DGF.



PENN Medicine to Build Philadelphia's First Adult Transplant House

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 12:00:00 GMT

PENN Medicine announced today the creation of the Clyde F. Barker Transplant House, a 'home away from home' designed to help ease the unique economic and emotional stresses of transplant families. Modeled after the Ronald McDonald Houses and named for the physician who performed the first kidney transplant at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1966, the Barker Transplant House will be located at 3940 Spruce Street on Penn's campus and will offer comfortable, convenient accommodations in a supportive community setting - all at a nominal cost.



Penn Researchers Propose Major Changes to Informed Consent for Transplantation

Thu, 26 Jun 2008 12:00:00 GMT

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine physicians and bioethicists are calling for a new, more standardized way for patients in need of organ transplants to be informed of the risks they face. If adopted, their policy recommendations could promote greater equity in how organs are allocated while restricting patients’ abilities to “cherry-pick” the best organs.



Penn Cardiac Surgeons First in Northeast to Implant Temporary Total Artificial Heart

Mon, 19 Feb 2007 12:00:00 GMT

A 46-year-old former fitness instructor, suffering from biventricular end-stage heart failure and in irreversible cardiogenic shock, became the first to receive a new temporary Total Artificial Heart in the Northeast U.S. The artificial heart was implanted by cardiac surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The patient later received a donor heart.



The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Celebrates Giving the Gift of Life

Wed, 17 Jan 2007 12:00:00 GMT

Members of the media are invited to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) for the first annual Delaware Valley Health Council Gift of Life Award presentation. The award was established last year to recognize a hospital for excellence in family care and outstanding rates of organ donation.



Hearts Transplanted from Hepatitis C Donors Associated with Lower Survival Rates

Fri, 20 Oct 2006 12:00:00 GMT

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine have found that heart transplant patients who receive a donor heart from a person with hepatitis C (HCV) have a lower rate of survival. Corresponding Author Leanne Gasink, MD, MSCE, of the University of Pennsylvania's Division of Infectious Disease and colleagues report their findings in the October 17th issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.