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Pediatric Partial Heart Transplants: An Innovative Approach to Decrease Waitlist Mortality and Organ Discards

Wednesday, December 07, 2022, at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST / 11:00am – 12:00pm PST

Donation and transplantation professionals are relentlessly exploring innovative ways to decrease waitlist mortality and increase organ utilization within the adult and pediatric population. Most recently, a team at Duke Health performed the first world’s first pediatric partial heart transplant that involved the fusing of donated arteries and valves to a patient’s existing heart. Not only does this remarkable procedure have the potential to extend the life expectancy of pediatric patients who otherwise would be waiting for a life-saving heart transplant, but it allows surgeons to make use of hearts that would otherwise be discarded. Join us to hear from Dr. Joseph Turek, Duke’s Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, and his colleagues who assisted in making this surgery a success to learn more about the overall process from procurement to transplant.

  • Identify the logistical challenges associated with facilitating a partial heart transplant.
  • Explain the OPO’s role in the consent, allocation, and procurement process.
  • Describe the donor and recipient criteria.
Caitrin Conroy
Caitrin Conroy
Washington Regional Transplant Community
Joseph Turek
Joseph Turek
Duke University Medical Center
Sarah Casalinova
Moderator, Speaker
Sarah Casalinova
Clinical Research Coordinator
Duke Transplant Center

Members of the donation and transplantation community serving diverse populations to include administrators, coordinators, physicians, nurses, surgeons, managers, quality improvement specialists, social workers, and other donation and transplantation center professionals and their colleagues.

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