ST. LOUIS - The Barnes-Jewish Hospital Transplant Center became the 10th largest solid organ transplant centers in the United States by volume in 2010, according to data released by the United Network for Organ Sharing.
This was the first time the Barnes-Jewish program has been ranked in the top 10, and the largest number of transplants performed at the hospital in one year.
Washington University transplant surgeons performed 412 solid organ transplants overall at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2010, compared to 358 transplants in 2009 when Barnes-Jewish was ranked as the 15th largest center in the U.S.
The largest increase in a single category was in kidney transplant with 216, putting Barnes-Jewish at ninth, up from 184 transplants and number 16 in the country in 2009.
Gene Ridolfi, director of the Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, says that an increase in living donor transplants is responsible for much of the increase.
The Washington University living donor transplant program at Barnes-Jewish, headed by Surendra Shenoy, MD, offers options such as paired kidney exchange and blood type incompatible transplants.
“These options allow patients who may have otherwise waited years for an organ from a deceased donor to get transplants,” Ridolfi says.
Barnes-Jewish went from 85 transplants and 23rd rank in liver transplant in 2009 to 99 transplants and 14th rank; nine transplants and 34th rank in 2009 in pancreas transplant to 12 transplants and 19th rank in 2010; and 23 transplants and 22nd rank in heart transplant in 2009 to 29 transplants and 17th rank in 2010. The lung transplant program, Barnes-Jewish’s highest ranked program, dropped just one spot from 57 and fifth largest in the entire country to 53 and sixth largest in 2010.
“What makes us unique here at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital is that we have strong programs across all organs,” Ridolfi says. “We have a remarkable depth of talent and resources here, not only for the transplant procedure itself, but in caring for patients both before and after surgery.”