The groundbreaking approach to increasing the quantity and quality of kidney transplants across the country was explained by a UT Medical Center physician in the March 12 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine — and has since received media attention around the world.
The article titled “A Nonsimultaneous, Extended, Altruistic Donor Chain” highlights the world’s longest chain of kidney transplants made possible by maximizing the good that can come from an altruistic, or Good Samaritan, kidney donor.
Lead author of the report, Dr. Michael A. Rees, UT professor of urology and medical director of the Alliance for Paired Donation, said, “By passing the altruism of the first donor in the chain on to all subsequent donors, incompatible pairs no longer have to pay back the gift given to them. Instead, the barriers between donors and recipients are overcome through a chain of nonsimultaneous transplants in which participants ‘pay it forward’ to others in need.”
Media outlets ranging from the CBS Evening News With Katie Couric to The Blade have run stories on the newly published article. For an overview of coverage, click here. To read the UT News story, click here.