Solid Organ Transplantation: Success and Stagnation

In this presentation, Dr. Abbas Rana, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Abdominal Transplantation at Baylor College of Medicine, offers insights into the history of abdominal transplantation and how the advances in transplantation procedures improved short-term outcomes, including survival. In 1984, Congress introduced regulations governing organ transplantation programs across the United States to ensure patient access and safety. These regulations have greatly improved and homogenized outcomes across the country. 

Dr. Rana also highlights the areas in transplantation research where there appears to be stagnation. While one-year survival rates post-transplantation have greatly improved over time, the one-year waitlist mortality rates have remained unchanged and transplantation rates have fallen due to a decrease in donor organs. Dr. Rana concludes by discussing strategies to improve donor supply and long-term post-transplantation outcomes.


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  1. Abbas Rana, M.D., FACS

    Abbas Rana, M.D., FACS

    Assistant Professor of Surgery
    Baylor College of Medicine


    Nothing to disclose.