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Dell Children’s, UT Health Austin Launch First Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Center in Central Texas

March 31, 2022

UT Health Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center announce the opening of the Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Center on April 5th, the first and only program of its kind in Central Texas, offering exceptional care to children ranging from newborns to young adults living with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or kidney failure. The Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Center is a collaboration between Dell Children’s and UT Health Austin, the clinical practice of Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.

“With the launch of our Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Center, children and young adults in Central Texas will no longer have to leave their homes, families or communities for kidney transplant care,” said Nicole Turgeon, M.D., transplant director for the Adult and Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Centers and professor in the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care. “The new program represents a unique strategic collaboration across Dell Children’s Medical Center, Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas and UT Health Austin, building on the Adult Abdominal Transplant Center to provide seamless kidney transplant care for patients of all ages, from newborns to adults.”

“We’re pleased to provide critical pediatric kidney care to children in Central Texas and build centers of excellence providing industry-leading medical care and expertise,” said Christopher Born, MBA, president of Dell Children’s Medical Center. “Our multidisciplinary team of dedicated, skilled specialists at the Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Center will deliver personalized care that best fits each child and their unique healthcare needs.”

More than 9,800 children and adolescents in the United States have ESRD or kidney failure and they rely on life saving dialysis or a kidney transplant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Housed at Dell Children’s Medical Center, the Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Center diagnoses, treats and manages the care of infants, children and young adults in need of a kidney transplant.

Distinguishing program elements include:

· Coordination of patient care between referring physicians and team members to ensure each child receives the highest level of specialized care in Central Texas.

· A team of medical experts comprising leaders in pediatric abdominal care and highly specialized pediatric transplant providers who work with young patients and their families to develop personalized treatment plans.

· Leveraging of the latest research-proven methodologies to successfully treat pediatric patients in need of an organ transplant, using both donated kidneys and working with living kidney donors.

The Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Center follows the November 2021 establishment of the Adult Abdominal Transplant Center, a program of Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, which diagnoses, treats and manages care for patients 18 years or older in need of a kidney, as well as those willing to be a living kidney donor.

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