What is the Hispanic Transplant Program?
Visiting a physician can make patients feel anxious, and a language barrier can make visits even more stressful. To help our Spanish-speaking patients and their families feel more comfortable, Northwestern Medicine offers a Hispanic Transplant Program, a culturally sensitive program dedicated to serving the Hispanic population.
The program supports the longstanding goal of providing individualized patient care for Hispanic patients undergoing kidney, liver, pancreas or small bowel transplantation. We have a bilingual team* made up of surgeons, physicians, a social worker, a financial coordinator, a clinical research coordinator and other support staff.
Through the Northwestern Medicine Hispanic Transplant Program—the only known program of its kind in the country—we offer a dedicated evaluation clinic through which patients in need of a transplant receive individualized care. Customizing patient care applies not only to individualizing medical treatments, but also to recognizing how cultural differences affect the patient. Many of our Hispanic patients prefer to communicate in Spanish, and many also want discussions of their medical care to involve the whole family, including their elders, who often are the family decision-makers and most likely speak Spanish.
Infórmate helps Hispanics/Latinos with kidney failure and their families learn about the options, risks and benefits of living and deceased donor kidney transplants so that they can make informed decisions about what is best for them. The website was developed to address the apparent lack of information about living kidney donation among Hispanics/Latinos. The site also debunks any myths and misinformation people might have and explains that living donors can have children, exercise, work and have a normal sex life after donating a kidney.
The Informate.org website is a collaborative effort between Northwestern Medicine’s Juan Carlos Caicedo, MD, director of the Hispanic Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Elisa Gordon, PhD/MPH, associate professor of surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and the NKFI to increase knowledge about living kidney donation and transplantation in the Latino/Hispanic communities by acting as a supplement to the education provided by transplant centers.
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In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, the physician(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.