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One important question potential donors should ask themselves is "What transplant center should I choose to have my donor surgery?" Specifically, it is important for potential donors to ask about the experience of the donor surgeon(s), the history of living donation at the center, and donor complications experienced by the center.

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Dr. Del Pizzo performing Laparoscopic Surgery

At NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, we are proud to have Dr. Joseph Del Pizzo, a physician who is one of the most experienced donor surgeons in the country, having performed more than 1,000 donor nephrectomies. Dr. Del Pizzo performs cutting-edge surgical procedures, and was the first to introduce single site surgery for removal of the donor kidney in the New York area. He is also the principal investigator on the first known research study to compare different laparoscopic techniques to determine which is associated with the best outcomes for the donor.

Visit the Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation section of the Department of Surgery Web site to learn more about our Living Donor Team.

Another question that potential donors may have relates to the outcomes in the transplant recipients at a particular transplant center. If the recipient of the donor's kidney is transplanted and followed at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, the recipient is being cared for at a transplant center known to have outcomes that excel. Dr. Sandip Kapur is the Chief of Transplantation, and he performs the majority of the living donor kidney transplants. Dr. Kapur has performed more than 1,000 kidney transplants over the course of his career. Both patient and graft survival rates at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell are excellent, rejection rates are low, and the transplant program integrates both basic science and clinical research to bring the latest innovations to the patient's bedside.

photo: Dr. Del Pizzo and Dr. Kapur with our 4,000th transplant recipient and his living kidney donor
Dr. Del Pizzo and Dr. Kapur with our 4,000th transplant recipient and his living kidney donor

Visit the Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation section of the Department of Surgery Web site to learn more about Our Transplant Team.

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