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Liver Transplant Program Established At Montefiore
Date:8/20/2008

Area Residents Gain Access to High Quality Care as State Approves Only Program in The Bronx

NEW YORK, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patients who suffer from severe liver disease and need a liver transplant will no longer have to seek that highly specialized surgery and critically important follow-up care outside the borough of the Bronx. Area patients and their families now have access to this high-quality care locally, without having to travel long distances, as a result of the New York State Department of Health's approval of the first and only liver transplant program in the Bronx, at Montefiore Medical Center (http://www.montefiore.org).

"The liver transplantation program at Montefiore Medical Center fills a significant, unmet medical need for people who live in the Bronx and suffer from end-stage liver disease," said Steven M. Safyer, M.D., president and CEO of Montefiore.

"The Bronx has one of the highest rates of liver disease in the country and the highest rate of liver disease in New York State," said Dr. Safyer. "Until now, patients in the Bronx and surrounding areas who had liver disease had to travel outside of the borough to receive care, which was an additional burden on them and their families.

"Our liver transplant program now allows these patients to receive be cared for locally closer to home, by a team of professionals, at a center with an incredible amount of experience and expertise in all aspects of liver care," said Dr. Safyer.

The liver transplant program is part of the Montefiore-Einstein Liver Center and is supported by a research component from Albert Einstein College of Medicine's National Institutes of Health-funded Liver Center.

"We have a world class team of surgeons and liver specialists with a wide range of experience in treating and researching severe liver disease," said Milan Kinkhabwala, M.D., chief of transplantation and d
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