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Controversies in Transplantation: A Convention for Groundbreaking Ideas in Transplantation

Earlier this month, the Division of Transplant Surgery in the University of Colorado Department of Surgery hosted its annual Controversies in Transplantation conference (CIT), which gathered the finest minds in transplantation science from around the country in Colorado. For more than two decades, this conference has served as a platform for groundbreaking ideas and discussions within the transplant community.


Author Khushnuma Damkevala | Publish Date March 27, 2023
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“One in a Billion Odds”

It happened so fast, and it was so unexpected.

In August 2020, Mario Carrasco got what he suspected was COVID-19 and took Tylenol to combat his high fever. When that didn’t work, he took an antibiotic he had received from Mexico and eventually felt better. For several months afterward, he felt fine. He felt like he always does.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date June 15, 2022
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Living Organ Donation Journey Inspires Doctor to Normalize the Experience for Others

At first, she was reluctant to talk about it – a little sheepish, even. The obvious question was, “Why are you doing this?” And though she had answers, none of them were quick or easy.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date April 06, 2022
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Press Coverage    Transplant Center

11-Year-Old Who Received Liver Transplant Celebrates National Donor Day

When 11-year-old Emi was placed on the liver transplant list in August of 2021, it looked like she could be sitting there for a while.


Author Denver 7 | Publish Date February 18, 2022
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Patient Care    Community    Transplant Center

Navy Veteran Donates Part of His Liver to a Community Member He’d Never Met

Service members join the military with a passion to serve, and that passion remains long after they have fulfilled their formal commitments. Upon their departure from military service, many veterans remain committed to serving others. Their military experience often inspires them to become active in their communities at home.


Author Khushnuma Damkevala | Publish Date February 14, 2022
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2 Colorado Patients with High BMIs Receive Successful Robotic Kidney Transplants

Patients with a high body mass index and who are in desperate need of a kidney transplant have one less hurdle to worry about. UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus completed two successful robotic transplants. Both patients had BMIs over 40.


Author CBS4 Denver | Publish Date February 09, 2022
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Patients with a BMI over 40 have a new option for kidney transplantation

After more than three years of intensive research and planning, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus has completed two successful robotic kidney transplants on patients with a body mass index (BMI) over 40.


Author UCHealth | Publish Date February 08, 2022
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Innovation    Patient Care    Education    Community    Transplant Center

National and Regional Need for Organ and Tissue Donation Remains Strong

Empower Field at Mile High in Denver seats about 76,000 – a huge space with the population of a small city when filled to capacity.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date December 15, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    Transplant Center

Transplant Clinic Serves Hispanic Population of Colorado

Research shows that Hispanic patients spend longer on the transplant waiting list than other ethnic groups. They also face higher mortality rates while waiting for a transplant. With a goal to change this disparity in transplantation, Elizabeth Pomfret, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, created a clinic to better serve the Hispanic community in the Rocky Mountain region.


Author Khushnuma Damkevala | Publish Date October 13, 2021
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Education    Community    Transplant Center

CU Surgeon Inspires the Next Generation of Women Surgeons

As the American Medical Association’s Women in Medicine Month concludes today, the University of Colorado Department of Surgery shines a spotlight on Elizabeth Pomfret, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery and the Igal Kam, MD, Endowed Chair of Transplant Surgery.


Author Khushnuma Damkevala | Publish Date September 30, 2021
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Addressing Disparities in Transplant Access among Spanish-Speaking Patients

Compared with non-Hispanic White Americans, Hispanic Americans receive disproportionally fewer organ transplants. In 2018, the Hispanic Transplant Clinic was established at the University of Colorado. Madhura Pande and colleagues at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, conducted a study to examine the efficacy of the program in reducing this disparity.


Author Nephrology Times | Publish Date July 07, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    Awareness    Health equity    Transplant Center

Two Transplant Doctors Explain the Basics of Organ Donation and What’s New in Transplants

April is National Donate Life Month — an awareness month that encourages Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and that honors those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date April 09, 2021
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Department of Surgery In the News

The Denver Post

Children’s Hospital Colorado Needed 10 People To Donate Part of Their Livers to Sick Kids. More Than 100 Stepped Forward.

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateNovember 21, 2023

So many Coloradans responded to a call to donate pieces of their livers that Children’s Hospital Colorado expects every child in need of a transplant this year will get one.

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WebMD

Robots Are Taking Over Your Surgery (and You Should Be Excited)

news outletWebMD
Publish DateSeptember 26, 2023

It had been a week since she'd gotten robotic surgery to remove a cancerous stomach tumor at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and she was heading home – feeling surprisingly good.

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UCHealth

Region’s first robotic liver transplant; donor’s second gifted organ

news outletUCHealth
Publish DateSeptember 12, 2023
Robotic liver transplants, perfected in the Middle East, and now done in Colorado, promise fewer complications, faster recovery.
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KDVR

Montana Baby Receives Rare Life-Saving Heart Surgery at Children’s Hospital Colorado

news outletKDVR
Publish DateAugust 20, 2023

A Montana family is no longer planning a funeral after their baby was saved by rare life-saving surgery that was performed at Children's Hospital Colorado last year.

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