"The Emory Transplant Center at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta has recently opened its innovative Paired Donor Kidney Exchange Program, providing greater hope for patients in need of kidney transplants."
"Dr. Newell and his team this past month completed the third paired donor exchange surgeries involving a total of six patients - three donors and three recipients - from Texas, Colorado and Georgia. As part of this, as well as one of the two previous exchanges, Emory partnered with the Texas Transplant Institute in San Antonio, the largest independent paired donor program in the country. The program is led by Adam Bingaman, MD, a former Emory trainee who completed both his residency in general surgery and his PhD work at Emory School of Medicine. "To get the ball rolling initially on our program here at Emory, one of the first things we did was partner with the Alliance for Paired Donation," says Dr. Newell. "APD maintains a database of patients who have incompatible donors from over 50 other transplant centers, and the Alliance runs a computer program once a month to find matches between them.
"After about a year, we decided to focus on developing our own database rather than depending on APD's, and we naturally approached Dr. Bingaman about collaborating," says Newell. "Now, building our own listing of donor-recipient pairs remains paramount, an effort expedited by weekly meetings and consultations. Whenever new candidates are added, the data is shared with Dr. Bingaman's program, further increasing each patient's chance of receiving a compatible kidney from a living donor.""
Here's a paper in the June 2010 American Journal of Transplantation:
Ethical Considerations for Participation of Nondirected Living Donors in Kidney Exchange Programs
E.S. Woodle, J. A. Daller, M. Aeder, R. Shapiro, T. Sandholm, V. Casingal, D. Goldfarb, R. M. Lewis, J. Goebel and M. Siegler ; for the Paired Donation Network
Paying It Forward
Tulane surgeons performed what is believed to be the first “domino” paired-donor kidney exchange in Louisiana at Tulane Medical Center. Three patients in dire need of a kidney transplant received new organs from people they had never met.