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Graduate Medical Education Department Director Publishes Article


Graduate Medical Education Department Director Publishes Article

Las Vegas, April 11, 2016 — MountainView Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education General Surgery Residency Program Director Dr. Paul W. Nelson, is a named author in an article recently published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.

The article titled “Survival Benefit with Kidney Transplants from HLA-Incompatible Live Donors” was published in the March 10, 2016 issue.

The article can be found here:

The article reviews the results from 22 kidney transplant centers (one of which was Dr. Nelson’s previous institution in Indianapolis where was the Medical Director of Transplant Services) for 1,025 recipients of kidneys from HLA-incompatible live donors. These are patients who have an antibody (positive crossmatch) against the tissue type of their living donor and who in the past were not eligible to get a kidney from that donor.

The patients in the study group underwent “desensitization” to reduce their antibody levels prior to transplantation.

The multicenter study concluded that patients who received kidney transplants from HLA-incompatible donors after undergoing antibody level reduction had a substantial survival benefit as compared with patients who did not undergo transplant, or who waited for a kidney from a deceased donor.

Studies looking at kidney transplants are important because in the U.S., there are currently more than 100,700 people in the U.S. awaiting kidney transplants. The median wait time for a person’s first kidney transplant is 3.6 years. In 2014, 17,107 kidney transplants took place in the U.S. Of these, 11,570 came from deceased donors and 5,537 came from living donors, according to the National Kidney Foundation.

Dr. Nelson, previously Clinical Professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, practiced and taught surgery and transplantation for 30 years before coming to MountainView Hospital.


About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas, one of the fastest growing areas in the Valley. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital (MVH) is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996. MountainView is also committed to training the next generation of physicians through its Graduate Medical Education program. MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV

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