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Visit the New
England Organ Bank
Founded in 1997, the Division of Organ Transplantation at Rhode Island
Hospital has become recognized as one of the most advanced in New
We have assembled one of the most skilled and experienced teams of
transplant surgeons, nephrologists and specialists in the nation. The
transplant program provides the full range of vital services close to
home, eliminating extra trips to other hospitals for visits and
Our transplant team emphasizes close consultation and cooperation with
referring nephrologists and primary care physicians of transplant
patient candidates as they progress from the initial evaluation to
postoperative care and management.
The Rhode Island Hospital transplant team has moved quickly to the
forefront of clinical research in newer, more effective
immunosuppressive agents and reduced immunosuppression
protocols—research that improves transplant success, reduces the
likelihood of rejection and enhances quality of life.
In addition, our team is on the forefront of innovative techniques to
promote both living and deceased organ donation. In July 2005,
transplant center surgeons performed Rhode Island's first laparoscopic
kidney transplant, removing a kidney from a 31-year-old woman and
transplanting it to a 17-year-old recipient.