In the News

Emory transplant patients ride on Donate Life float in New Year's Rose Parade (01.09.2014)

An Emory Transplant Center surgeon and two Emory transplant patients, islet cell recipient Julie Allred and liver recipient Amy Tippins, were invited to ride on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade on Jan. 1. Learn more.

Second largest kidney swap in history includes Emory Transplant Center (07.01.2013)

Two Georgia men are part of the world's second largest kidney swap in history. Named "Chain 221" by the National Kidney Registry, the chain involved 56 participants, which facilitated 28 transplants in 19 transplant centers across the U.S., including the Emory Transplant Center. Learn more.

Emory Performs First Triple Organ Transplant in Georgia (12.17.12)

Just five months ago, Stephanie Lindstrom received a triple organ transplant at Emory University Hospital, the first triple organ transplant ever to be performed in the state of Georgia. Read more.

Emory Transplant Center Names New Executive Director (12.5.12)

Thomas C. Pearson, MD, DPhil, has been named executive director of the Emory Transplant Center, effective January 15, 2013. Read the full story.

Emory Names New Dean for School of Medicine (11.15.12)

Christian P. Larsen, an internationally recognized leader in transplant surgery and immunology, has been named dean of Emory University School of Medicine. Read the full story.

Emory Transplant Receives $20 Million Grant from NIH (10.16.12)

The National Institutes of Health awarded Emory with a $20 million grant to develop better treatments for organ transplant recipients that help avoid both organ rejection and drug toxicity. The grant builds on more than 18 years of groundbreaking research by Emory scientists that has already significantly advanced the field of transplant field. Read the full story.

Transplant Protocol Induces Immune Cells to Switch Sides (12.7.2011)

Transplant surgeons want to convince a transplant recipient’s immune cells to “switch sides”: convert cells that would normally recognize and attack the transplanted organ to cells that control the immune response instead. This could mean a better chance of avoiding rejection of the transplanted organ, and may help the recipient wean off anti-rejection drugs over time, reducing the rate of long-term complications. Read more.

Telemedicine and Transplant (8.2011)

In an age where gas prices are high and time is money, telemedicine seems like a logical solution to long drives to the doctor’s office, but it’s proven to be much more than that for some patients. Emory University is taking advantage of this technology to make treatments more accessible for more patients. Read the full story.

FDA Approves Transplant Drug That Preserves Kidneys, Avoids Toxicity (6.22.2011)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the drug Nulojix (belatacept) for the prevention of graft rejection after kidney transplants. Belatacept could be a less toxic alternative to calcineurin inhibitors, the drugs most transplant patients now rely on to inhibit their immune systems, but which can damage the kidneys and lead to high blood pressure and diabetes. Read the full story.

One Good Transplant Deed Leads to Six Changed Lives (5.11.2011)

Imagine waking up one morning in good health and deciding out of the goodness of your heart to donate your kidney to someone you didn’t even know – anyone, anywhere. That’s exactly what Jon Pomenville of Anderson, SC, did recently. Little did he know, it would result in the drastic change of the lives of six individuals and their families. Read more.

Emory’s First Successful Hand Transplant (3.28.2011)

Transplant surgeons at Emory successfully completed the program’s first hand transplant in March. Not only is the complete hand transplant a first for Emory, but also the first hand transplant in the Southeast and only the 14th such procedure in the country. Emory transplant specialists performed this rare complete hand transplant procedure for a 21-year-old student out of Florida whose arm was amputated at the age of 1 due to Kawasaki Disease. See how she is doing now.

Hand and Vascularized Composite Transplant Experts Convene in Atlanta (3.31.2011)

Hand and vascularized composite transplant experts from around the world will gather in Atlanta April 7-9 for the 10th Meeting of the International Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Society. The scientific meeting will include professionals involved in all aspects of donor hand and vascularized composite transplants, from the laboratory to patient care. Learn more.

Wake Forest Head Baseball Coach Donates Kidney To Player (2.9.2011)

Transplant surgeons at Emory University Hospital have successfully completed a living donor kidney transplant from the head baseball coach at Wake Forest University to one of his players. Read the full story.

300th Emory lung transplant patient has much to celebrate - and a story of hope for others (11.9.2010)

When “the call” finally came for Jo Ellen Kimball and her family, the 40 year-old Covington elementary schoolteacher got the message she had been waiting for: a nurse in the Emory Transplant Center was on the other end of the line informing her that there was a double lung donor match located which would soon save Kimball’s life - and it was time to pack the bags and head to the hospital. Read the full story.

Emory Healthcare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Names Terry "Mr. 500" Green as Grand Marshal (8.26.2010)

When Emory Healthcare and Atlanta Motor Speedway officials began searching for the grand marshal of this year's Emory Healthcare 500 Sprint Cup Series race, they didn't have to search long or far to find the perfect candidate – and one who already possessed the perfect tailor-made nickname for such an occasion. Read the full story.

Innovative Transplant Procedure Opens Door to More Patients in Need (5.17.2010)

Patient A desperately needs a life-saving kidney transplant, and Patient B is willing and able to donate one of her organs to him. Unfortunately, Patient A and Patient B are not compatible because of their conflicting blood type. Fortunately, a multi-patient organ swap, known as a paired donor exchange, can save the lives of numerous people while matching each patient with the very best kidney for his or her blood profile. Read the full story.

Transplant Drug Two-Year Study Outcomes Show Superior Kidney Function (5.3.2010)

Two-year results from phase III clinical trials show the experimental immunosuppressive drug belatacept can better preserve kidney function in kidney transplant recipients while preventing graft rejection when compared with the standard immunosuppressive drug cyclosporine. Read the full story.

Emory Limb Repair and Transplant Surgeon Takes Specialized Care to Vietnam (4.26.2010)

Skilled surgeons who perform life-saving procedures or provide a better quality of life for their patients are honored and celebrated every day in America. However, these physicians sometimes have special opportunities to help disadvantaged children and adults in other nations and to train surgeons with new skills that will impact the lives of many patients. Read the full story.

Transplant Drug Preserves Kidneys, Avoids Toxicity (3.3.2010)

The experimental drug belatacept can prevent graft rejection in kidney transplant recipients while better preserving kidney function when compared with standard immunosuppressive drugs, data from two international phase III clinical trials show. Read the full story.

Emory Heart Transplant Patients Celebrate Gift of Life at 'Heart to Heart' Transplant Reunion Event (2.12.2010)

The heart has always been the universal symbol of love, and of Valentine's Day - the national holiday celebrating our love and affection for those special to us. Again this year, Americans will spend tens of millions of dollars on heart shaped candies, cards, balloons, flower arrangements and an assortment of other gifts. Read the full story.

Mother, Daughter Celebrate Life Saving, Life Giving Year (12.31.2009)

Imagine a year in which you not only receive a life-saving kidney transplant from your own mother, but you also became a mother for the very first time! Read the full story.

Emory University Hospital Performs Georgia's First Domino Liver Transplant (8.21.2009)

Transplant surgeons at Emory University Hospital are the first in the state of Georgia to perform a very rare domino liver transplant procedure. In effect, the procedure is saving two lives and curing one rare disease (Maple Syrup Urine Disease, or MSUD) in a 24-year-old patient, and dramatically improving the quality of life in the other patient, who has suffered a lifetime battle with hemophilia, and more recently hepatitis C. Read the full story.

Visit Emory Healthcare's News Releases page for a complete archive of stories.

Read more transplant news in the ETC monthly newsletter.