The Difficult Kidney Transplant

Friday, May 8, 2009 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

SPEAKER: Bruce Kaplan, MD, professor of medicine, surgery and pharmacology; chief of the Section of Nephrology; and Medical Director of the Abdominal Transplant Program

Free and open to health care providers and the public

Bruce Kaplan, MD, professor of medicine, surgery, and pharmacology at The University of Arizona, will present “The Difficult Kidney Transplant: How Do We Deal with Blood Group Incompatibility, High Antibody Levels and Anti-Mediated Rejection?” Friday, May 8, 4-5 p.m. in DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

Although remarkable improvements in short-term survival of renal transplants have been made, long-term outcomes are still disappointing. Over the last few years, recent developments in the field have altered our concepts of why transplants fail and hopefully lead to newer therapies to prolong long-term function and survival. This talk will address the latest literature on the issue of long-term survival and take a critical view of both the insights gained and the issues that still need to be addressed.

Dr Kaplan is chief of Nephrology and medical director of the Abdominal Transplant Program at University Medical Center. He is deputy editor of the leading journal in transplantation, American Journal of Transplantation, and sits on the editorial boards of Transplantation, Journal of American Society of Transplantation and Journal of Transplantation. Dr. Kaplan has published more than 200 peer reviewed papers and presented more than 400 abstracts in the field of transplantation. Dr. Kaplan also is a scientific advisory board member for both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Roche Organ Transplant Foundation. Before coming to the UA, he held the Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Renal Disease Research and was professor of medicine and pharmacology at the University of Florida.

“We are building a living donor kidney transplant program specific to patients with preformed antibodies and incompatible blood groups that will be the only one of its kind in Southern Arizona,” said Rainer Gruessner, MD, professor and chairman of the UA Department of Surgery. “This program will complement the abdominal transplant procedures we offer for liver, pancreas, bowel and islet cell transplants.”

The lecture is the part of the new Transplant Lecture Series, “The Next Generation in Organ Transplantation,” sponsored by University Medical Center. The series provides an opportunity to showcase the latest developments in organ transplantation at UMC.

For more information, contact Jo Marie Gellerman at or (520) 626-7219.