MUSC's Living Donor Institute
Giving a 2nd Chance to Thousands.
The Living Donor Institute began when a small group of transplant recipients and their spouses wanted to streamline their support for education and research. Their charge could not have come at a more critical time.
Transplantation is the best treatment, but barriers exist. Innovative approaches taking advantage of new technologies, strategies and collaboration can overcome these barriers.
There are currently more than 123,000 people waiting for life-saving organ transplants in the United States. Of these, more than 100,000 people await kidney transplants in addition to the 17,000 people on the liver transplant waiting list.
Living donors are crucial to reducing these statistics. An organ from a living donor lasts twice as long and provides the highest quality at the lowest cost. Living donor organs both reduce wait times and begin to function faster after transplant.
The MUSC Kidney Transplant Program, which began in 1968, numbers among the nation’s leading academic transplantation programs. Through MUSC’s Transplant Center, more than 6,500 patients have received transplants and over 1000 patients have received a liver transplant. MUSC is also South Carolina’s only Living Donor Transplant Center, where more than 800 organs have been donated by living donors.
The Living Donor Institute strives to lead South Carolina and the nation in its three-part mission to improve transplant outcomes: Living donation education and access, Improved transplant quality, research into high-tech alternatives to transplant.
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MUSC - Department of Surgery
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Charleston, SC 29425