SOURCE: slp3D

April 07, 2005 15:52 ET

OR-Live.com Presents: Methodist University Hospital to Webcast Living Donor Kidney Transplant

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MEMPHIS, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 7, 2005 -- An actual living donor kidney transplant by an internationally renowned team of physicians will air live, from Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, presenting an opportunity for a global audience to see the procedure and what it means to be a living kidney donor.

More than 61,000 people are waiting for a kidney, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Many of those patients will have a long wait, on average from 3-5 years, before they find a match. One reason for the long wait is because there are not enough living donors. In an effort to highlight, educate, and encourage potential donors to consider becoming an actual donor, the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute (MUHTI), affiliated with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is presenting this webcast.

"We hope by airing this live, showing what the procedure consists of and explaining what it means to be a living kidney donor, we can provide an impetus to have more donors step forward," said Barry Marshall, administrator for MUHTI. "There are never enough organs, and the gap between people who need a kidney and deceased donors continues to widen and will continue to widen."

Kidney transplantation is now considered a proactive treatment option for patients who have been diagnosed with kidney disease prior to reaching dialysis treatment.

"To give someone a kidney before they have to start dialysis is to give back to them their quality of life," said A. Osama Gaber, medical director for MUHTI and professor of transplantation surgery at UTHSC. "It's their best chance at extending life."

The transplant team

A. Osama Gaber, M.D., medical director for MUHTI and professor of transplantation surgery at UTHSC, will narrate the procedure and answer questions that viewers e-mail.

Nosratollah Nezakatgoo, M.D., transplant surgeon with MUHTI and assistant professor of surgery at UTHSC, will remove the kidney from the living donor.

Santiago Vera, M.D., transplant surgeon with MUHTI and professor of surgery at UTHSC, will transplant the kidney into the recipient.

Hosein Shokouh-Amiri, M.D., transplant surgeon with MUHTI and professor of surgery at UTHSC, will participate in the pre-taped portion of the webcast.

Visit http://www.or-live.com/methodisthealth/1336 to view a program preview. VNR is available: http://www.or-live.com/rams/met-1336-mkw-q.ram

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