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For Living Organ Donors – the Cost of Doing Good

Sept. 22 - reports on the costs and hardships incurred by living organ donors and discusses a variety of options for donors including tax incentives and reimbursements. Opposing opinions are also shared with some stating that placing a price tag on an organ changes the motivation for donation. Dr. Art Derse, a bioethicist at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is cited. MPR News and

Woman Successfully Recovers from Double Lung Transplant Procedure

Aug. 13 - Fox TV/Channel 6 reports on a Waukesha-area woman who successfully recovered from a double lung transplant at Froedtert. Fox 6 Now

Infant Successfully Receives Living Donor Liver Transplant

Aug. 12 - ABC-TV/Channel 2 in Green Bay reports on 10-month old infant from Peshtigo who successfully underwent a living donor liver transplant at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Johnny Hong (Surgery – Transplant) said that without a transplant, the risk of dying was 100%. WBAY

Dr. Cronin Proposes Compensation Program for Kidney Donors

Aug. 11 - Expert comment by Dr. David C. Cronin II is included in a New York Times opinion editorial on the ethics of compensating kidney donors. Dr. Cronin, who directs the pediatric liver transplant program at Children’s, and a colleague at Yale University are proposing pilot tests of a program that would provide kidney donors with $50,000 in the form of tax credits, tuition vouchers, health insurance or other noncash compensation. New York Times

MCW physician/scientist receives grant to study graft versus host disease in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients

Aug. 10 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to research the pathophysiology of graft versus host disease in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients (HSCT).

Transplanting hope: a miracle for baby Paityn

Aug. 10 - Last month, 10-month-old Paityn Walters of Peshtigo began to act tired, was throwing up and would cry while she was awake. Her mom, Tara Ellison, said it was out of character and troubling. “She was [normally] just very energetic. Never stood still. Always getting into everything she could,” she said. WBAY

MCW Researchers Launch Company for Blood Test to Determine Heart Transplant Rejection

July 27 - In a front page article, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on plans by Dr. Michael Mitchell and Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, PhD, (both Surgery – Cardiothoracic Pediatrics) to house their new company – Tai Diagnostics, Inc. - in the UWM Innovation Accelerator. At Tai Diagnostics, the Mitchells are developing a blood test for determining whether a heart-transplant recipient is in danger of rejecting the new heart. The test would replace invasive biopsies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Woman Diagnosed with Rare Disorder Receives Lung Transplant

July 28 - Dr. George Haasler comments to Fox-TV/Channel 6 on the case of a woman who successfully received a lung transplant at Froedtert Hospital. Before the transplant, the woman was dying of a rare lung disorder known as Ideopathic Pleural-parenchymal Fibroelastosis. Fox 6 Now

Woman Battles Rare Lung Disease at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin

July 24 - Ashley Kleiber was dying of a rare lung disease called Idiopathic Pleural-parenchymal Fibroelastosis. A transplant is the only known cure for her disease. Fox 6 News

MCW alumna establishes scholarship fund to honor professor

Margaret Motl, MD '81, "pays it forward" by establishing a scholarship fund to honor Derward Lepley, Jr., MD '49, who led Wisconsin's first heart transplant surgery.

Dr. Cronin Co-Authors JAMA Editorial that Calls for Rewarding People for Organ Donations

June 8 - Dr. David C. Cronin II (Surgery – Transplant) co-authored an editorial in JAMA Internal Medicine that calls for testing methods of rewarding people for organ donations. Dr. Cronin suggests delayed payments such as in-kind rewards like a donation to a retirement fund, income tax credit or a tuition voucher. Fox News

Only One-Third of Patients on Organ Waiting Lists Will Get a Transplant

May 27 - Dr. Johnny Hong tells Gannett Wisconsin Media that only one-third of patients on transplant waiting lists will get a transplant in a given year. Some that don’t get organs – mainly liver patients – will die. Throughout April and May, Froedtert & MCW is partnering with Gannett Wisconsin Media and Green Bay Packers wide received Randall Cobb to create awareness of the need for organ donors. The Northwestern

Dr. Hong Supports Proposal for Eight Districts Nationwide for Organ Distribution

May 19 - Dr. Johnny Hong (Surgery – Transplant) tells the Wisconsin State Journal that he supports a proposal to create eight-districts nationwide for the distribution on donated organs. Wisconsin State Journal and The Journal Times

Dr. Hong Discusses Live Liver Transplant Procedure

May 6 - Dr. Johnny Hong (Surgery – Transplant) contributes comments to a Milwaukee Magazine article on a live liver transplant procedure performed at Froedtert. Milwaukee Magazine

2.6 Million Wisconsin Residents Register as Organ Donors

Apr. 30 - The Wausau Daily Herald reports that approximately 2.6 million Wisconsin residents have registered as organ donors. Gannett Wisconsin Media is teaming with Froedtert & MCW to promote Donate Life Month in April. Wausau Daily Herald

Froedtert &MCW Partners with Gannett Newspapers, Packers for Organ Donor Awareness

Apr. 21 - An Oshkosh man describes his appreciation for the life-saving kidney transplant procedure performed at Froedtert & MCW. To recognize April as Donate Life Month, Gannett Newspapers is joining with Froedtert & MCW and the Green Bay Packers to raise awareness. Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

Newlywed Faces Need for Kidney Transplant

Apr. 20 - The Appleton Post Crescent reports on a newly-wed who is waiting for a kidney transplant at Froedtert & MCW. Post Crescent

Dr. Hong Discusses Need for Organ Donors

Apr. 14 - The Appleton Post Crescent and Fox-TV/Channel 6 recognized April as Donate Life Month. Dr. Johnny Hong (Surgery – Transplant) said that only one-third of the patients on Wisconsin’s organ transplant waiting lists will receive needed organs. Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb is leading a public service campaign in Wisconsin to encourage donations. Fox 6 Now, Post Crescent, Post Crescent, and WTAQ

Organ donor education an ongoing effort

Apr. 3 - Johnny Hong, MD, the Mark B. Adams Professor of Surgery and director of the solid organ transplantation program at MCW, Froedtert, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and BloodCenter of Wisconsin; discussed the ongoing need for organ donation education in the community. Appleton Post Crescent

Packers player Randall Cobb visits Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, promotes organ donation awareness

Apr. 2 - Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb visited organ transplant patients at Froedtert Hospital to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation. WITI TV

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