On this Patient Power program, host Andrew Schorr is joined by two leading transplant doctors at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) to help listeners understand which illnesses are creating the need for more organ transplants, how organs become available, and what doctors are doing to try to increase available organs and the likelihood that any donated organ will be accepted when transplanted.
Joining the program is Dr. Connie Davis, nephrologist and director of the Kidney Care Line at the UWMC, as well as Dr. Robert Carithers, hepatologist and director of the Liver Care Line at UWMC. Dr. Davis discusses the dynamics of who donates and the work being done with those who have antibodies against possible donors. With diabetes, heart disease and obesity at an all-time high, more people are waiting for kidney transplants than ever before. There are currently 80,000 people on the kidney transplant list and only around 17,000 people per year are transplanted.
Dr. Carithers then talks about liver transplantation, both in children and adults. Learn how donors are matched and why finding a liver match is much simpler than finding a kidney match. Both doctors encourage people to discuss their decision to be a donor with their families. They answer questions about the process for determining whether you can donate an organ and address questions about the long-term effects on living donors.
There is tremendous research being done in transplantation at the University of Washington Medical Center. Listen as Dr. Carithers and Dr. Davis detail the work going on to accelerate tolerance and acceptance of organs in recipients. The transplant teams are focused on the long term and understanding the types of barriers to donation so they can begin to close the gap between all those people who need a transplant and the number of available organs. If you have ever thought about organ donation or have questions about transplant, this Patient Power program is not to be missed.
Connie Davis, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Medicine, Transplantation Services, UW MedicineDr. Davis is Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the Kidney and Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Programs at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Washington and completed residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. more >
Robert Carithers, M.D.
Director, Hepatology Section, Department of Medicine, UW MedicineDr. Carithers is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Hepatology Program at the University of Washington. He has been a leader in developing guidelines for liver transplantation and in conducting clinical research on hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Dr. Carithers received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed residency training at University of North Carolina Hospitals.... more >