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Crozer-Keystone Launches Kidney Transplant Center

In Brief

  • Crozer-Chester Medical Center was approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to establish a kidney transplant program.
  • The new Crozer-Keystone Regional Kidney Transplant Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center is now accepting candidates for transplants and live donations.
  • All aspects of the kidney donation and transplant process will be performed at Crozer, from initial evaluations to surgical procedures to all of the necessary after-care.
  • The new Center will feature a team approach as well as an emphasis on research and evidence-based medicine.

Crozer-Chester Medical Center was approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to establish a kidney transplant program. The new Crozer-Keystone Regional Kidney Transplant Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center is now accepting candidates for transplants and live donations.  

All aspects of the kidney donation and transplant process will be performed at Crozer, from initial evaluations to surgical procedures to all of the necessary after-care. The Center will perform transplants from both live and deceased donors.   

Recognizing that transplant surgery is particularly complex and requires a lifelong commitment to managing a patient’s recovery, Crozer-Keystone has developed a genuine co-management approach to patient care. Beginning with the evaluation process, continuing through the pre-transplant and transplant process, through recovery and life management, Crozer-Keystone’s team is committed to communication, consultation and physician support.  

Although the program is new, members of Crozer-Keystone’s clinical team have cared for more than 1,000 transplant patients since 1995. Crozer-Keystone’s program is led by John Daller, M.D., an experienced surgeon who has launched or revamped kidney and organ transplant programs at several major hospitals throughout the country. 

The team also includes another accomplished transplant surgeon, Cosme Manzarbietia, M.D.; transplant nephrologists Kevin Sperling, M.D. (program medical director) and Roy Marcus, M.D.; and urologists George Dakwar, M.D., and Ilya Volfson, M.D. The program will also work closely with nephrologists and primary care physicians from Delaware County Memorial Hospital and beyond.  

In addition to physicians, Crozer-Keystone’s program includes a group of experienced administrators, pharmacists, nutritionists, dietitians and more. 

“Our team worked for months to meet the UNOS standards and create a program that is comprehensive, clinically sound and dedicated to meet the needs of patients and their families throughout Delaware County and the Delaware Valley,” Daller says. “We are committed to patient satisfaction, patient co-management and to providing attending and referring physicians with the appropriate resources and support, including quick responses to patient referrals and consult requests.”  

The Center will also focus on evidence-based medicine and research. In many cases, physicians on the team have played key roles in clinical explorations and studies and the development of best practices in use throughout the country.  

The Center benefits from having easy access to the comprehensive resources of Crozer-Chester Medical Center and the Crozer-Keystone Health System, such as Radiology, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Cardiology, Pulmonary Care and Bariatric Surgery.  

“The establishment of our kidney transplant program is another step in the continued growth of Crozer-Chester Medical Center. It is part of our mission to deliver the highest level of tertiary-care services to the people of Delaware County and beyond,” says Patrick Gavin, president of Crozer.  

According to the Gift of Life Donor Program, the region’s organ procurement organization, nearly 89,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list for kidney transplants. In this area, more than 5,200 patients are waiting for a kidney transplant.  

The Crozer-Keystone Regional Kidney Transplant Center is the first kidney transplant program in Delaware County. Crozer-Keystone participated in an alliance with Temple University beginning in 2008 in which pre- and post-operative care was provided at Crozer and surgeries were performed at Temple.   

The Center is based in Professional Office Building II, Suite 200, at Crozer.  

To learn more about the program, or to speak with a member of our team, call (610) 619-8420. The program’s new comprehensive website, www.crozerkidney.org, contains a range of information for potential patients, referring physicians and more.

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