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FLDR Spring 2017

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S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 9 Well-Established Kidney Transplant Program e kidney transplant program at UF Health Shands Hospital began in 1966, when surgeons performed Florida's first kidney transplant. e first live kidney transplant was performed in 1969, the first pediatric kidney transplant in 1966, and the first simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant in 1995. To date, UF Health surgeons have performed more than 4,500 kidney transplants—including 800 through living donation. "Our current—and future—goal is to provide cohesive multidisciplinary care for patients and their referring physicians, both before and aer transplantation," Andreoni said. "We want to couple this customer service with state-of-the-art im- munosuppression management and care for the patients' overall health condition." Andreoni and the department of surgery are at the forefront of a movement to increase the number of kidney paired donations performed across the U.S. For these procedures, a patient in need of a kidney can join with a would-be live donor who is not a match for the patient, and then link up with other donor-recipi- ent pairs to find matches for each recipi- ent. Typically, the procedures are carried out at two or three different hospitals. e kidney removed from a donor at one site is then flown to a different site and implanted into the local recipient. Since 2004, Andreoni has led the United Network for Organ Sharing working group on kidney paired donations. To reduce wait time for a kidney transplant even further, UF Health will soon perform ABO-incompatible trans- plantation—permitting "more efficient use of available organs regardless of patients' blood type," said Karl Womer, MD, medical director of UF Health's renal transplant program. UF Health's transplant teams also pride themselves on patient follow-up, he added. "At other centers, staff may follow a kidney transplant patient for a number of months," Womer said. "Our clinicians fol- low our transplant patients indefinitely." Additionally, a satellite clinic in Jack- sonville allows UF physicians to care for North Florida and South Georgia patients closer to home. Another satellite clinic will open in Orlando later this year. >> Dr. Thomas Beaver Dr. Kenneth Andreoni Dr. Karl Womer Dr. Bruce Mast UF Health surgeons performed the first kidney transplant in Florida in 1966, and have performed more than 4,500 kidney transplants over the past 50 years. S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 9

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