Richard V. Perez MD is Chief of the Division of Transplantation, in the Department of Surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, where he has been a faculty member for close to 30 years. He has led the transplant program, which has successfully expanded the pool of kidneys available for transplantation and has consistently been a national leader in the volume of deceased donor kidney transplants annually. Dr. Perez has been a long-time advocate of organ donation locally and nationally, participating in many public awareness and educational activities. He has served on the Advisory Board for the regional organ procurement organization, Sierra Donor Services, as well as several committees and on the Board of Directors of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
With the number of pediatric patients on the transplant waitlist rising, there is a critical need to expand the donor pool. As a result, Donation after Circulatory Determination of Death (DCDD) has become a focus within the donation-transplantation community as a means of accomplishing just that. In this webinar, we will highlight effective practices for facilitating DCDD cases with potential pediatric donors. Additionally, we will hear from two transplant centers as they share their experiences with kidney utilization, liver transplantation, and waitlist mortality in pediatrics.