Transplant

Thank you Dr. Busuttil for saving my life and thousands of others for over the past 33 years!

August 7th, 2017

Thank you Dr. Busuttil for saving my life and thousands of others for over the past 33 years!

By Vicky vmainguyen_bv

I was one of the first 30 patients to have received a liver transplant performed at UCLA by Dr. Busuttil. Now him and his liver transplant team has performed well over 6,000 transplants since 1984.

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Tags: Biliary Atresia, birth defect, Doctors Day, Dr. Ronald Busuttil, featured, infant, liver disease, liver failure, liver transplant, organ donor registry, patient stories, surgery


Never giving up hope with kidney disease

July 26th, 2017

Never giving up hope with kidney disease

By soutang99 soutang99

My name is Sou. I was a dialysis patient; I am a peritoneal dialysis nurse and I am also a kidney transplant recipient. In November 2011, I was one of the lucky patient’s to have crossed paths with the world’s best nephrologist, Dr. Anjay Rastogi. Dr. Rastogi and his teams were very compassionate from the […]

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Tags: deceased donor, dialysis patient, Dr. Anjay Rastogi, featured, kidney disease, kidney transplant, kidney transplant recipient, kidney transplantation, nephrologist, nursing school, organ donations, patient stories


Pediatric Infusion Center: A space to heal and learn

July 11th, 2017

Pediatric Infusion Center: A space to heal and learn

By uclahealth uclahealth

The boat is the first thing kids notice when they come to the Pediatric Infusion Center at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Dina’s Beach, as the front-desk area is known, is named for a former patient whose family donated funds to make the infusion center a more enjoyable place for kids and parents. The tropical theme, complete […]

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Tags: antibiotics, biologic therapies, blood transfusions, cancer, central-line blood draws, chemotherapy, child life specialist, chronic conditions, Dina’s Beach, infusion center, intravenous therapies, nursing


Becoming an organ donor

May 9th, 2017

Becoming an organ donor

By uclahealth uclahealth

Each year, the number of people in need of organ transplants continues to grow. About 118,000 people are still waiting for an organ, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), and each day, 22 people die while waiting. Posthumous donation Those who register to have their organs donated after they’ve deceased […]

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Tags: blood cancer, blood donation, blood supplies, Bone-marrow transplantation, intestine transplant, intestines, liver, liver transplant, living donor, living organ donation, lung, lung transplant


April 13th, 2017

Liver Transplant Patient

By alice55 alice55

I would like to thank my Dr. who saved my life on January 1, 2017. I cannot remember his name but I realize today that if it weren’t for him and the staff, I would not be here! From this experience it has made me appreciate life like never before. I have been blessed and […]

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Tags: liver transplant, patient stories, UCLA liver transplant team


April 13th, 2017

Liver transplant

By anac57 anac57

Thank you All the Liver Transplant Doctors and coordinators Eight floor love you all, I’m blessed

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Tags: liver transplant, patient stories, transplantation, UCLA liver transplant team


Kidney transplant and donation education goes national

March 28th, 2017

Kidney transplant and donation education goes national

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

Have you ever wondered why people choose to donate a kidney? And whether these donors regret their decision later? Amy Waterman first became interested in organ donation over 20 years ago when she conducted surveys of kidney donors as a graduate student in social psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. “It was amazing that […]

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Tags: education, Explore Transplant, kidney transplant, living donation, living donors, living kidney donation, nephrology, organ donation, Transplant Research and Education Center, transplantation, TREC, United Network for Organ Sharing


A True Miracle

January 17th, 2017

A True Miracle

By sher21 sher21

April 3, 2016… After knowing I would need a liver transplant in order for me to live, I was overwhelmed to understand that someone would have to die, for me to live… how do except that? My story began 3 years ago, I was seeing my liver doctor in Arcadia, CA. Dr Jacob Korula, he […]

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Tags: bilirubin, donor, Dr. Vatche Garen Agopian, edema, liver transplant, patient stories, transplant


Once a risky surgery, lung transplants are now saving more lives than ever

November 1st, 2016

Once a risky surgery, lung transplants are now saving more lives than ever

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Just three lung transplants were performed at UCLA in 1990. Steady improvements in the field helped the program reach a major milestone of 1,000 transplants. When Dr. Hillel Laks performed UCLA Medical Center’s first lung transplant in June 1990, the 26-year-old patient, Julie Hancock of Orange County, recalled not being afraid, but having complete trust […]

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Tags: donor lungs, Dr. Abbas Ardehali, Dr. Hillel Laks, intubation, lung transplant, lung transplants, national wait list, organs, pneumonia, pulmonary edema, trauma victims, U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Advancing state-of-the-art surgical and interventional technology

August 3rd, 2016

Advancing state-of-the-art surgical and interventional technology

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

Like all doctors, surgeons need to stay abreast of their field, but for them, doing so is complicated by the need to learn – and be adept at using – constantly evolving surgical technologies. They need a place to learn in a non-life-and-death situation. That’s where UCLA’s CASIT comes in. CASIT stands for the Center […]

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Tags: CASIT, Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology, Dr. Carmack Holmes, image-guided intervention, interventional technology, minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, surgical education, surgical simulation, telemedicine, telesurgery