The transplant surgery was performed on Monday, Oct. 15, by Ernesto Molmenti, MD, MBA, PhD., director of transplantation at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH). In an adjoining operating room at the hospital, Louis Kavoussi, MD, the North Shore-LIJ Health System's chairman of urology, removed Mr. Johnson's kidney through a minimally invasive surgery known as a laparoscopic nephrectomy. Dr. Kavoussi was the first surgeon in the country to perform a laparoscopic donor nephrectomy when he was at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, in 1995.
The North Shore-LIJ Health System received state and federal approvals to establish a transplant program at NSUH, after demonstrating the tremendous need that existed in Nassau and Queens. In 2006, the latest year for which statistics were available, 873 residents of Queens and 317 residents of Nassau County were on waiting lists for kidneys, according to the New York Organ Donor Network. Of those on the waiting list, 39 Queens residents and 13 Nassau County residents died in 2006 without ever receiving one.
In another reflection of the need for a local transplant program, 209 of the 291 transplants performed in the New York metropolitan area in 2005 involved residents of Queens and Nassau counties, according to state statistics. Until now, residents of those counties have had to travel to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester or eastern Suffolk County to find a hospital with a transplant program.
During the first year of operation at NSUH's new transplant program, the hospital expects to perform about 15 transplants, a number that Dr. Molmenti expects to increase to about 100 annually after the third year of operation.
"This is truly a major milestone in the history of the North Shore-LIJ
Health System," Michael J. Dowling, the health system's president and chief
executive officer, said of the first transplan
|SOURCE North Shore-LIJ Health System|
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