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Striving for excellence: UF Health’s kidney transplant program maintains favorable outcomes​

UF Health Shands Hospital’s kidney transplant program has demonstrated favorable outcomes, according to a recent report from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, or SRTR. The results, released in January by SRTR, a database operated by the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation that analyzes organ transplantation nationwide, measured transplant outcomes over…

XVIVO Lung Perfusion System increases transplant options

Robin Thomas lived one struggling breath at a time. Diagnosed with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, her only option for survival was a lung transplant. However, the odds of finding a set of donor lungs did not appear to be favorable. By some estimates, nearly 80 percent of donor lungs…

Breathing easier after lung transplant

Tiago Machuca, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine, recently performed UF Health’s first lung transplants using organs treated on the XVIVO Perfusion System. The device preserves donated lungs that do not initially meet the standard criteria for lung transplantation but may…

Stevens joins UF College of Medicine faculty

Rick Brian Stevens, M.D., Ph.D, F.A.C.S., has joined the UF College of Medicine as a clinical professor for the division of transplantation surgery. Stevens previously served as the surgical director of the Miami Valley Hospital transplant program in Dayton, Ohio. He also was a professor of surgery at the Wright…