RWJUH Paired Kidney Transplant Featured on CBS News
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Dr. David Laskow was interviewed as the surgeon who performed one of two simultaneous living donation kidney transplant surgeries – one was done here at RWJUH and the other one was done at the same time at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Ohio.
The patients involved in this unique transplant traveled from Michigan, North Brunswick and Staten Island to New Brunswick and Toledo to participate in the altruistic donations.
This is the first time in New Jersey a paired kidney exchange has been performed inter-state.
RWJUH is among the state’s top hospitals for organ donation and through its participation in the paired exchange program, will be able to link more willing donors with more patients from across the country, reduce waiting time and ultimately save more lives.
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 600-bed academic medical center and the principal hospital of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Robert Wood Johnson is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. RWJUH is the first hospital in the nation to implant the AbioCor self-contained artificial heart since the device received FDA approval in 2006. RWJUH is one of only three sites in the nation approved to offer this groundbreaking technology.
Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). The hospital is also a Level 1 Trauma Center and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
The hospital has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is among U.S.News & World Report’s 2011 “America’s Best Hospitals.” It is the fifth consecutive year that RWJUH has achieved this prestigious ranking. The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH as one of the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest magazine. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is also a recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence for more than 10 consecutive years.