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Transplant: Heart, Kidney, Liver, Lung

UW Medicine Transplant Services is a combination of clinical, academic and research activities. Transplant Services are principally organized around seven multidisciplinary clinical teams: Heart transplant, Kidney transplant, Pancreas transplant, Liver transplant, Lung transplant, Intestinal transplant and Reconstructive transplant (Face & Hand). The transplant teams support patients before, during and after surgery to ensure the best outcome possible.


Robotic Surgery Leads to Faster Recovery Time: James Park, MD, explains the benefits of robotic surgery and how minimally invasive procedures allow patients a quicker recovery period.

The Use of Hepatitis C Positive Organs: Growing the Donor Pool: Dr. Renuka Battacharya presents updates on organ donor availability and utilizing Hepatitis C positive organs for transplantations.

Hurdle Cleared in Path to 3D-printed Replacement Organs: Bioengineers have cleared a major hurdle on the path to 3D printing replacement organs.

Acute Liver Failure: Anne Larson, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at UW Medicine Hepatology, describes ALF and discusses treatment options.

Surgical Strategies to Improve Access to Liver Grafts: This lecture covers surgical strategies to enlarge the pool of donors, living donor liver transplant recipient criteria and evaluation, and new machine perfusion advancements.

Getting Patients to Liver Transplant Before It's Too Late: Scott Biggins, MD, discusses advances in liver transplant.

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Advances in NASH: Kiran Bambha, MD, discusses diagnostic and therapeutic advances in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.

Advances in Hepatitis B: Anne Larson, MD, provides an update on Hepatitis B and why we are seeing an increase in rates in the United States.

Advances in Hepatitis C: Charles Landis, MD, discusses new therapies and updates on existing therapies for treating Hepatitis C.

Test Transport Device Creates Hope for Liver Transplants: Jorge Reyes, MD, describes a clinical trial of a new device for transporting donor livers between recovery and transplant, and potential upsides if the trial is successful.

Living Liver Transplantation: A liver transplant recipient shares her story on how she finally got healthy after years of not having any answers

Overview of Liver Transplantation: This presentation covers the various transplant organizations and their roles, indications for adult liver transplant referral, evaluating candidacy for OLT, outcomes for adult OLT recipients and finally long term management pearls for the PCP.


Younger People Can Suffer From Heart Failure Too: Dr. Claudius Mahr, a cardiologist with UW Medicine's Heart Institute, explains heart failure is a growing, all too common issue that affects people of all ages.

Robotic Surgery Leads to Faster Recovery Time: James Park, MD, explains the benefits of robotic surgery and how minimally invasive procedures allow patients a quicker recovery period.

Lung-Transplant Director Discusses the Path to No. 1,000: On July 7, 2019, Dr. Michael Mulligan performed UW Medicine's 1,000th lung transplant.

The Use of Hepatitis C Positive Organs: Growing the Donor Pool: Dr. Renuka Battacharya presents updates on organ donor availability and utilizing Hepatitis C positive organs for transplantations.

Hurdle Cleared in Path to 3D-printed Replacement Organs: Bioengineers have cleared a major hurdle on the path to 3D printing replacement organs.

Acute Liver Failure: Anne Larson, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at UW Medicine Hepatology, describes ALF and discusses treatment options.

Donor Heart Infected with Hepatitis C Saves Man's Life: UW Medical Center's new protocol allows heart-transplant candidates to opt in to be considered for matching donor organs even if the organ is infected with hep C, and then take an eight-week course of medication to clear the virus.

Surgical Strategies to Improve Access to Liver Grafts: This lecture covers surgical strategies to enlarge the pool of donors, living donor liver transplant recipient criteria and evaluation, and new machine perfusion advancements.

Getting Patients to Liver Transplant Before It's Too Late: Scott Biggins, MD, discusses advances in liver transplant.

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Advances in NASH: Kiran Bambha, MD, discusses diagnostic and therapeutic advances in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.

Advances in Hepatitis B: Anne Larson, MD, provides an update on Hepatitis B and why we are seeing an increase in rates in the United States.

Advances in Hepatitis C: Charles Landis, MD, discusses new therapies and updates on existing therapies for treating Hepatitis C.

Test Transport Device Creates Hope for Liver Transplants: Jorge Reyes, MD, describes a clinical trial of a new device for transporting donor livers between recovery and transplant, and potential upsides if the trial is successful.

Living Liver Transplantation: A liver transplant recipient shares her story on how she finally got healthy after years of not having any answers

Overview of Kidney Transplantation: The “big picture” of kidney transplantation

Heart in a Box Technology: UW Medicine Regional Heart Center is first in the nation to use the “heart in a box” technology in a clinical trial, which enables a beating heart to be transported for use in a transplant surgery.

Overview of Lung Transplantation and Post-Transplant Care: Erika D. Lease, MD, provides an overview of lung transplantation and post-transplant care.

Overview of Liver Transplantation: This presentation covers the various transplant organizations and their roles, indications for adult liver transplant referral, evaluating candidacy for OLT, outcomes for adult OLT recipients and finally long term management pearls for the PCP.


UW Medicine HIV+ Liver Transplant Recipients Clinical Management Guideline: Evaluation and inclusion/exclusion criteria for patient selection, HIV+ Liver recipient induction immunosuppression guideline, HIV+ liver recipient induction guideline and HIV+ liver recipient infection prophylaxis guideline.


Kidney Care - Transforming Care for Patients and Providers: Advancing American Kidney Health - Transforming Care for Patients and Providers - Perspective from Nonprofit Providers

Solid Organ Donation After Death in the United States: Data Driven Messaging to Encourage Potential Donors: U.S. deceased donor solid organ transplantation (dd-SOT) depends upon an individual's/family's altruistic willingness to donate organs after death; however, there is a shortage of deceased organ donors in the U.S.

Tissue Chips in Space — Challenges and Opportunities: The team at the University of Washington was selected to create a kidney MPS based on primary cells derived from pathologically normal surgical nephrectomy tissue remnants.

Organ Donation: Around 20 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant, and there were more than 113,000 people on the wait list as of January 2019.

Genome Editing to be Tested in Kidney Organoids: In an NIH consortium, UW Medicine kidney researchers will study the safety and potential side effects of gene-editing as a future approach to inherited diseases.

Copper Deficiency in Liver Diseases: A Case Series and Pathophysiological Considerations: The role of copper in liver disorders is best recognized in Wilson’s disease, in which hepatic copper accumulation is not only pathognomonic, but also pathogenic as a source of cellular reactive oxygen species.

UW Medicine Milestone: 1,000 Lung-Transplant Recipients: UW Medical Center is the 11th U.S. hospital to achieve that volume, and the only such provider in the Pacific Northwest.

12 Patients Saved with Hep C Transplant Protocol in Year 1: UW Medicine specialists refine a progressive option for people awaiting donor organs.

Patient with Bile Duct Cancer Receives Rare Transplant: The procedure aims to cure aggressive disease with a donor liver.

No Downside But Cost to Hep C Antivirals, Hepatologist Says: UW Medicine specialist comments on study findings published in JAMA Network Open.

Listing Practices and Graft Utilization of Hepatitis C–Positive Deceased Donors in Liver and Kidney Transplant: The opioid epidemic has resulted in increasing the incidence of hepatitis C virus in the general population and more deceased organ donors with hepatitis C in the United States.

Organ Bioprinting Gets a Breath of Fresh Air: Bioengineers have cleared a major hurdle on the path to 3D printing replacement organs with a breakthrough technique for bioprinting tissues.

Kidneys-on-a-Chip Rocket to Space Station: Launch preparations are underway at Cape Canaveral for study of space flight effects on kidneys; lift off slated for May 4.

Region’s 1st Hepatitis C Heart-Transplant Recipient is Cured: UW Medicine is declaring success with the Pacific Northwest’s first heart-transplant recipient to purposely acquire the hepatitis C virus (HCV) from the donor organ and then have the disease eradicated by antiviral medication.

Would You Reject a New Kidney from Someone Who Died of a Drug Overdose?: It’s hard to fathom any goodness coming from the opioid crisis and the family tragedies it causes every day. But it does, in the form of an increase in organs available to people who need new hearts, livers, kidneys, and other organs.

Adult-to-Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation: UW Medicine is among a select group of liver transplant centers nationwide certified to perform LDLT and is the only liver transplant center in the Pacific Northwest currently performing adult-to-adult LDLT.

Q&A Opioid Epidemic's Upside? More Donor Organs: UW Medicine's transplant chief discusses the historical reluctance to use organs from overdose victims.

A POCKET-SIZE RESEARCH REVOLUTION: With a device that can model a real kidney, researchers at the UW School of Pharmacy are giving new hope to people with kidney conditions — as well as astronauts who dream of exploring the farthest reaches of space.

Heart-Transplant Program Opens Access to Hep C-Positive Donors: UW Medicine patients can opt in for suitable donor hearts and must complete an 8- to 12-week postoperative drug regimen to clear the virus.

Reviving a Heart: Jim Briggs got a second chance. And a donor’s heart.

Surgeons Perform Region's 1st 'Liver in a Box' Transplant: Surgeons at UW Medicine in Seattle have performed the first liver transplant in the Pacific Northwest involving a warm blood-perfusion device to transport the organ between donor and recipient.

UW Medicine Team to Study How Weightlessness Accelerates Kidney Damage: In as early as 2018, a rocket carrying a payload that includes 24 microfluidic chips about the size of credit cards will transport an extraordinary University of Washington kidney research project to the International Space Station.

Intestinal Care and Transplantation: The UW Medicine Intestinal Care team offers comprehensive clinical care of intestinal failure.

Liver Transplantation for Cholangiocarcinoma: Overview of liver transplantation for cholangiocarcinoma, including liver transplantation for Peri-Hilar CCA protocol exclusion criteria, neoadjuvant therapy and drop-out criteria.

Your Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Guide: A reference tool for patients to use before, during and after their transplant surgery.

Lung Transplant Team: UW Medicine’s lung transplantation service provides the highest quality patient care of the entire spectrum of pulmonary and critical care illnesses during and following lung transplantation.

Kidney Transplant Team: Meet the kidney transplant team of UW Medicine.

Liver Transplant Team: UW Medicine’s Liver Transplant Program provides comprehensive care for patients with liver disease and liver failure, including those who will require organ transplantation.

Face and Hand Transplant Surgery: Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation: UW Medicine is joining an elite group of medical centers nationwide that are certified by the United Network of Organ Sharing to perform face and hand transplantation procedures.

3 Months After Kidney Swap, 4 Patients Meet for the First Time: Would-be organ donor couldn't give to their loved ones, but UW Medicine's kidney-transplant program recognized the matches.

UW Medicine Performs Region's 1st Adult Intestine Transplant: A UW Medicine team, led by Chief of Transplant, Jorge Reyes, MD, became the first in the Pacific Northwest to transplant an intestine in an adult patient.

UW Medicine Heart-Transplant Outcomes are Amongst Best in U.S.: Program at UW Medical Center is one of 8 nationally to achieve highest rating for quality patient care.

UW Medicine 1st to Deploy ‘Heart in a Box’ in U.S. Trial: Transplant recipient recovering well with heart that traveled in circulatory device