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Minimally invasive adult liver donation for pediatric transplantation available exclusively
Date:2/1/2010

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The minimally invasive liver retrieval technique was first introduced to Dr. Samstein by Dr. Daniel Cherqui of Hpital Henri Mondor, Paris. "I am grateful to Dr. Cherqui for generously assisting us with these procedures," Dr. Samstein says.

Leaders in Living Organ Transplantation

The new surgical advance represents the latest chapter in a history of innovations in living organ donation by NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia surgeons. Dr. Jean Emond, chief of transplantation, was a key member of the team that performed the first pediatric living donor liver transplantation in North America in 1989 while at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Lloyd Ratner, director of renal and pancreatic transplantation, performed the nation's first adult-to-adult laparoscopic living donor kidney transplant in 1995 while at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Today more than half of kidney transplants are done with a living donor, and 80 percent of these are retrieved laparoscopically.

Living organ donation is currently done in 3 percent of all liver transplant cases, and laparoscopic liver retrieval is only now becoming possible for pediatric cases.

"Laparoscopy for kidney retrieval is fairly straight-forward. The surgeon only needs to cut around the organ to remove it. For the liver, we must cut through the organ, while preserving its blood supply," explains Dr. Samstein. "This new surgery keeps the piece of extracted liver connected to the donor's blood vessels until the moment when it's removed, helping ensure its fitness for transplant."

Laparoscopic living donor liver retrieval for pediatric transplant was developed by Dr. Daniel Cherqui, who reported the first case in 2002; since then he has performed the procedure approximately 20 times. Dr. Cherqui trained under NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia's Dr. Jean Emond in the late 1980s. Today, Dr. Cherqui has a reputation as one of the most experienced laparoscopic liver surgeons
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Contact: Jennifer Homa
jeh9057@nyp.org
212-305-5587
New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
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