Out of 254 kidney transplant programs in the country, Albany Medical Center tops the list.
The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients has cited that Albany Medical Center has the highest three-year kidney transplant survival rates. The program, which was established in 1969, credits an interdisciplinary approach that supports the patient’s future outcome for its success.
Dr. Conti, Chief of the Section of Transplant Surgery at Albany Medical Center told WNYT that, “We’ve always been proud of our results. We’ve always been proud of the way we’ve approached the patients. But we’ve never seen it down so graphically this way. So I do have to say that I was a little bit surprised – happily surprised.”
One of the biggest problems Albany Medical Center and other hospitals still face is the lack of donors. There are currently 123,000 Americans currently awaiting an organ transplant and New York has one of the lowest rates of people registering to become a donor. Only 18% of individuals have signed up in New York compared to 42% in other states.
What makes Albany Medical Center’s ranking even more impressive is that two-thirds of its kidney transplants are from deceased donors. Kidneys from living donors are said to yield a higher survival rate.
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