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
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.
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