UT physician, kidney donation chain featured in People Magazine

November 24, 2009 | News
By Matt Lockwood

webreesp48p072_073_herPeople Magazine, one of the most widely read periodicals in the country, has a story and photos in its Nov. 30 issue about the groundbreaking approach to increasing the quantity and quality of kidney transplants across the country developed by Dr. Michael Rees, UT professor of urology and kidney transplant surgeon.

The feature includes photos and interviews of donors and recipients involved in the world’s first and longest chain of kidney transplants made possible by maximizing the good that can come from an altruistic, or Good Samaritan, kidney donor. The chain was coordinated through Rees’ nonprofit organization Alliance for Paired Donation.

The five-page story, which mentions UT Medical Center, leads off a special section titled “Heroes of the Year.” The issue hit newsstands last week and has actor Johnny Depp, the “sexiest man alive in ’09,” on the cover. Click here to see the story.

A People editor and photographer spent a weekend in October at UT meeting, interviewing and photographing Rees and the kidney chain participants.

People has a weekly circulation of 3.75 million.

“The University of Toledo and its people are doing so many wonderful things, and this People Magazine feature just underscores the fact that our university and medical center are on the move,” said Lawrence J. Burns, vice president for external affairs and interim vice president for equity and diversity. “Our Office of University Communications is continually working to garner national recognition for UT, and this is the result of several months of work.”

The kidney chain has been featured on CNN, “NBC Nightly News,” “ABC World News Tonight” and in USA Today.


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