Northwestern Medicine Transplant Surgeons Join White House Efforts to Increase Access to Organ Transplants, Reduce Organ Waiting List
“I was honored to be a part of this Summit that brought together key stakeholders from both the public and private sector to address issues impacting organ availability and new technologies to improve organ donation and transplant outcomes,” said Dr. Wertheim, a transplant surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Working together, we can find solutions that will save more lives and improve transplant care and outcomes across the country.”
At Northwestern, Dr. Wertheim leads a research lab that is advancing the state of art in organ regeneration and tissue engineering to develop methods to develop liver and kidney tissue as a leading-edge solution to the organ shortage dilemma.
- Close the gap between the 95 percent of Americans who support organ donation and the roughly 50 percent who are registered
- Invest in clinical research and innovation that could potentially increase the number of transplants by almost 2,000 each year and improve outcomes for patients
- Facilitate breakthrough research and development in organ and tissue engineering with almost $200 million in federal, state and industry investment in tissue bio manufacturing.
The goals of the panel are to ensure informed transplant and living donation decision-making and equity in access to quality information to combat barriers that research suggests limits access to transplants. Resources will be made publicly available by the end of the summer of 2017.
Dr. Caicedo heads the Hispanic Transplant Program at the Kovler Organ Transplantation Center at Northwestern Memorial. To help Spanish-speaking patients and their families feel more comfortable, the program supports the longstanding goal of providing individualized patient care by offering culturally and linguistically competent and congruent services for Hispanic patients undergoing kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation. The program has a bilingual and bicultural team made up of surgeons, physicians, a social worker, a financial coordinator, a clinical research coordinator and other support staff. More information on the Hispanic Transplant Program: English or En español.