June 2012

Jewish Hospital Part of First International Paired Kidney Exchange in U.S.

Louisville, KY

The Transplant Center at Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, helped make medical history as part of the first international paired kidney donor exchange in America, with the help of the Alliance for Paired Donation. In a paired kidney donation, a donor who is incompatible with his or her designated recipient promises to donate a kidney to a stranger in order to enable their designee to receive a compatible kidney from another stranger. JoAnn Breckenridge of Elizabethtown, KY, received a kidney transplant at Jewish Hospital on April 19, 2012, as a result of the paired donation. Her husband, William, donated a kidney on May 1, 2012 to help another individual and continue the chain.

Michael Marvin, MD, director of transplantation at Jewish Hospital and associate professor of Surgery at the University of Louisville, and Mary Eng, MD, a transplant surgeon with Jewish Hospital and an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Louisville, were recognized by Vassilis Kaskarelis, Ambassador of Greece, at the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C., during the official announcement of the historical paired donation.