What's New and Exciting in Transplantation (audio)
Exciting developments continue to propel the field forward including new technologies that allow for the refinement of surgical procedures and better outcomes, improvements in anti-rejection medications through a better understanding of the immune system, and the ultimate goal, specifically immune tolerance — the ability to undergo a transplant without the need for lifetime anti-rejection medication. The biggest challenge continues to be organ shortage. Despite innovative approaches that include living donation and the use of extended criteria (marginal) donors, the discrepancy between the need for transplantation and the availability of transplantable organs is widening. Dr. Abecassis will discuss these issues in further detail.
Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA is chief of the Division of Transplantation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and dean for clinical affairs and James Roscoe Miller Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Microbiology-Immunology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
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