NYU Langone is New York City’s Highest-Volume Kidney Transplant Center and Achieves the Nation’s Top Quality Rating
NEW YORK, February 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — NYU Langone Health’s Transplant Institute has set new milestones for kidney transplantation in the greater New York City the region and the nation. The institute’s team has transplanted more kidneys than any other center in New York State and ranks first in the nation for survival after transplant surgery. It is also the first center on the East Coast for faster transplants of life-saving kidneys to people on the waiting list.
“Over the past few years, we’ve built a kidney transplant program that saves lives and helps people live longer with a better quality of life,” says Nicole M. Ali, MD, medical director of the kidney and pancreas transplant programs at the Transplant Institute. “Our program has grown exponentially through smart investments in talent, cutting-edge technology, and a culture dedicated to quality and patient safety. Our greatest asset is our incredibly dedicated multidisciplinary team.”
NYU Langone performed 311 kidney transplants in 2021, the highest kidney transplant volume recorded in New York State and second highest in the Northeast region, according to data from the National Organ Supply and Transplantation Network (OPTN), which includes all transplants performed in United States dating from 1988.
Along with this historic growth, NYU Langone achieved top rankings in graft time and graft survival. New data published in January 2022 by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) ranked NYU Langone as the nation’s best program for kidney survival one year after transplant. According to SRTR data, people who need kidney transplants spend less time on the waiting list at NYU Langone than at any other hospital on the nation’s east coast. SRTR data is adjusted for observed versus expected outcomes, which means higher-risk patients performed better at NYU Langone.
“What the team at the Institute of Transplantation has been able to accomplish is remarkable,” says Robert MontgomeryMD, DPhil, H. Leon Pacher, MD, Professor of Surgery, Chairman of the Department of Surgery, and Director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute. “We have truly built a full team of world-class transplant specialists who work tirelessly to get our patients transplanted as quickly as possible with the best results to significantly reduce the risk of dying while waiting.”
Several factors contributed to the achievement of these milestones, including a pivotal policy change by the OPTN to allow kidney and pancreas offerings for candidates enrolled at transplant hospitals within 250 miles of the hospital. giver. Prior to this change, implemented in December 2020Donation service area boundaries were drawn inconsistently, leading to disparities in timely access to deceased donor kidney transplants.
Additionally, the Transplant Institute has introduced methods that allow it to harvest kidneys from across the country and place them in recipients who will benefit the most. NYU Langone leads the way in living donor transplants, paired kidney transplants, and treating patients before transplant so they can safely accept an organ from an incompatible donor.
“Our surgical and medical teams go the extra mile to give every kidney the opportunity to be transplanted. We thoroughly assess each organ, which sometimes means examining the organ and accepting complex anatomy that other centers decline,” says Zoe A. Stewart Lewis, MD, PhD, Surgical Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Programs and Director of Quality at the Transplant Institute. “Our team’s willingness to take the extra steps to find the right recipient for each kidney has freed dozens of patients and their families from the burden of chronic dialysis.”
Learn more about the NYU Langone Transplant Institute at nyulangone.org.
SOURCE NYU Langone Health