Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Transplant

Treating Type 1 Diabetes…Without Insulin

By Abbey Anderson | June 13, 2016 | Comments image from

For type 1 diabetes, insulin has long been the essential treatment method. Blood glucose monitoring, frequent insulin injections, even insulin pumps are used to help diabetics control their glucose levels and avoid dangerous spikes and dips in their blood sugar. But for some, being captive to the use of insulin... Read more

The Heart: A Rare Glimpse into Organ Donation

By Abbey Anderson | May 18, 2016 | Comments IMG_1329

More often than not stories of organ donation tend to focus on happy and healthy organ recipients, public education of why or how to become an organ donor, or even the startling depiction of just how many people are currently awaiting transplant. But rare are the times when the experience... Read more

Penn Medicine’s New Issue: The Power of Partnership

By John Shea | April 8, 2016 | Comments image from

Although Penn Medicine magazine has often run articles on the work of physicians and researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who are associated with the Perelman School of Medicine, this issue’s cover story is perhaps the first to look more broadly at the longstanding relationship between the two institutions.... Read more

Board of Women Visitors Funds Transplant House Updates, Kick-Starts Sustainability

By Abbey Anderson | March 30, 2016 | Comments Transplant.House_Front

In 2015, Penn’s transplant surgeons performed 488 solid organ transplants, including heart, lung, liver, kidney, and pancreas. Of these patients and their families, 150 traveled a great distance for their care at the Penn Transplant Institute – coming from places like Florida, Texas, and California. But while the news of... Read more

Saving a Life ... in 24 Hours

By Sally Sapega | February 17, 2016 | Comments Kim Pimley cropped more

Saving a patient’s life can take days, weeks or even months. But, in the case of Kim Pimley, a patient with a rare, deadly heart disease, a combination of teamwork, solid clinical knowledge, and lifesaving technology administered over 24 hours made the difference between life and death. The clock starting... Read more

Penn Medicine Year in Review 2015

By Greg Richter | December 23, 2015 | Comments Year_in_review

Before we celebrate the New Year – perhaps by experiencing the ball drop in Times Square or the always entertaining Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day in Center City – let’s reflect on a few of the many ways that Penn Medicine advanced patient care, research, and medical education in... Read more

"Home Cooking" Makes the Difference

By Sally Sapega | November 27, 2015 | Comments Cropped photo for blog

The Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House serves as a home away from home for pre- and post-transplant patients and their families. It was named for the Penn surgeon who performed the first successful kidney transplant at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1966 and was also a... Read more

Zion Harvey's Visit with Dr. Levin

By Robert Press | September 10, 2015 | Comments

If you follow the news at all, chances are that you've heard the name Zion Harvey. In the beginning of the summer, the eight-year-old made headlines around the world as the first pediatric patient to ever receive a bilateral hand transplant. The transplant team, which included nearly two dozen individuals... Read more

Zion Harvey, and the Future of Transplant Surgery

By Katie Delach | August 11, 2015 | Comments image from

Chances are you saw eight-year-old Zion Harvey's story somewhere on the news in the past few weeks and already know that a team of more than 40 surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists from Penn Medicine, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Shriner's Hospital, came together to do something that had... Read more

250 Years of Progress, Here's to 250 More

By Robert Press | May 26, 2015 | Comments

A whole lot can happen in 250 years. That’s partially because — and I guess this isn’t much of a surprise — 250 years is a long time. Long enough for a standard snail to circle the globe about 2.64 times (seriously, I did the math). Long enough for Niagara... Read more

Kidney Transplant Patients Bound by Chains of Love

By Katie Delach | April 22, 2015 | Comments image from

Four years ago, Matt Crane was devastated when he learned that he was not a kidney donor match for his wife Michele, who was on dialysis after a long struggle with type 1 diabetes. Fortunately for Michele, 52, her brother was a match. But, after only a year and a... Read more

Heart Transplantation: The Gift of Normalcy

By Anna Duerr | February 2, 2015 | Comments Navaz Mehta - GO RED 2014

Throughout the month of February, affectionately known as American Heart Month, the News Blog will highlight news and stories related to cardiovascular health from across Penn Medicine. In April of 2011, Navaz Mehta, a 43-year-old busy sales operations director from Dresher, Pa., was getting ready for work when her stomach... Read more

Lessons Learned from Down Under

By Katie Delach | July 10, 2014 | Comments image from

At Penn Medicine, we’re fortunate to offer world-class care to our patients, and have facilities that can support groundbreaking research that works to shed light on some of the biggest questions facing medicine today. Often, our faculty and staff are able to take their skills to the far corners of... Read more

The Gift of Life Blossoms into Friendship

By Sally Sapega | March 12, 2014 | Comments Wendy and meghan

There was no reason for Meghan Shaffer and Wendy Hancock to know each other. After all, they had nothing in common. Wendy lived in Pennsylvania and had recently given birth. Meghan was a young nursing student at the University of Michigan. But Fate had other plans for them. How It... Read more

Celebrating the Work of Medical Laboratory Professionals

By Karen Kreeger | April 30, 2013 | Comments Lab Week 2013 Poster Winner

To show its gratitude to all laboratory professionals, the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine celebrated Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 22-26, with a host of activities, such as Phillies Night, in appreciation of all the hard work and dedication of the hundreds of staff and faculty members working in more than 30 different laboratories across the Penn campus. Read more

A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Month or So Around Penn Medicine

By Robert Press | April 25, 2013 | Comments IMG_0779

In a previous post, I noted that most of my work as Digital Communications Editor takes place online, rarely expanding beyond the reaches of my keyboard. But that was five months ago, and six months since I got my first in-depth view of the whole Penn Medicine enterprise while shooting... Read more

Penn Medicine and the Day in the Life Project: A Lesson in Scale

By Robert Press | December 7, 2012 | Comments IMG_8896

As a Digital Communications Editor, much — if not all — of my typical day is spent behind a keyboard in a regular office separate from our clinical facilities. For someone who is relatively new to Penn Medicine, this can create issues of scale. You’re told from the very beginning... Read more

You Have the Power to Save a Life

By Sally Sapega | August 29, 2012 | Comments

When it comes to organ transplants, the closer the match between donor and recipient, the better the outcome. This is especially true for bone marrow transplants, which have more stringent requirements for matching than solid organs since they aim to rebuild all the bone marrow in the patients after treatment... Read more

Penn's Transplant House: A Home Away From Home

By Sally Sapega | July 20, 2012 | Comments Ashlee newberry pic

The Penn Transplant Institute’s reputation draws patients from across the nation who are waiting for a second chance at life. It is the region’s leader in total number of organ transplants performed; Penn transplant surgeons performed over 400 solid organ transplants during the 2011 fiscal year, including heart, liver, kidney,... Read more

iPod-like Advances Changing the Face of Cardiac-Assist Technology

By Jessica Mikulski | February 29, 2012 | Comments VAD

To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all parts of Penn Medicine. This month marks the five-year anniversary of Penn Medicine’s first implantation of a temporary total artificial heart (TAH) in a patient suffering from end-stage... Read more

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