A Team Approach Enhances Care
Patients benefit from extraordinary collaboration among surgeons, physicians, nurses, researchers and specialists in an academic setting that continually enhances program quality. Leading transplant experts meet in a number of different forums to review patient statuses, present research results, provide care and promote best practices and continuous learning.
Patient Care Conferences
Multidisciplinary teams meet weekly to identify potential transplant recipients and donors. Specialists review the medical status of patients who are actively on the waiting list, inpatients and any outpatients with significant medical changes and surgical issues. The Transplant Institute's Organ Transplant Tracking Record (OTTR), a sophisticated computerized database, supports the management of patient information and enhances coordination of care.
The Transplant Institute holds a weekly transplant conference, where local and national experts on transplantation speak on both clinical and research topics of interest to all transplantation and transplant immunology staff.
A weekly conference in basic research and a weekly conference in clinical research promote collaboration among researchers and scientists in the Transplant Institute's research laboratories.
As part of the Harvard Medical School teaching affiliation, physician specialists at the Transplant Institute hold teaching conferences for interns, residents, fellows, medical students and nurses to promote continuous learning in an academic forum.
Attending physicians, surgeons, residents, fellows, nurses, medical students and support staff visit all inpatients on the transplant service daily, providing close management and ongoing assessment of all post-operative and hospitalized patients.
The Transplant Institute has a number of multidisciplinary outpatient clinics, including:
- Kidney, liver and pancreas transplant
- Dialysis access
- Liver tumor
- Infectious disease
- Living organ donor
Specialists on the transplant team - surgeons, nephrologists, hepatologists, transplant nurse coordinators, transplant psychologist, social workers, nutritionists, oncologists, radiologists, infectious disease specialists and others - see patients side-by-side. This close collaboration expedites patient treatment and ensures easy access with all outpatient care delivered in one convenient location.
The transplant team's faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School, high level of collegiality, and close professional and personal relationships promote continuous learning, which contributes to the overall success of our treatment and research efforts.
As a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess is committed to educating the next generation of clinicians and scientists. The Transplant Institute is a
fellowship training facility for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Society of Transplantation, the American Society of Nephrology, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. We offer rigorous and highly regarded fellowships in kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation, transplant nephrology and transplant hepatology.
In addition, surgeons, physicians, nurses and other caregivers meet stringent requirements for continuing medical education. Staff regularly attend and participate in worldwide conferences advancing the science of solid organ transplantation, and read and author articles in advanced clinical journals.
Community and National Resource
As leaders in the field of transplantation, our surgeons, physicians and other clinical leaders from the Transplant Institute frequently address community physicians, medical and scientific colleagues around the country, and others on current topics pertaining to solid organ transplantation and research. Community and national education is an important priority for us, as we join forces with other transplant professionals in the country to debunk common myths about organ donation and educate the public at large about the lifesaving and life enhancing benefits of solid organ transplantation. Dynamic and engaging, our speakers are only too eager to brief colleagues on relevant topics in the field, including our own clinical successes and research breakthroughs in the BIDMC Transplant Institute.
High Quality Care
The Transplant Institute's ongoing learning environment and multidisciplinary approach promote best practices and continuously enhance treatment quality. Transplant specialists publish papers in leading journals and stay abreast of, and contribute to, the overall body of knowledge worldwide in solid organ transplantation and non-transplant surgery, including dialysis access. The interdisciplinary nature of our program brings transplantation specialists together, so they can more easily focus their collective and considerable expertise to benefit patients here and elsewhere.
One of the program's key strengths is the ability to closely monitor and track its patient population and outcomes by using both an internal database, and data collected, maintained and reported by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). An active quality assurance committee regularly reviews results. Clinical teams make changes in protocols as indicated to enhance care.
For more specific data, please visit
SRTR and UNOS. For UNOS, select "Massachusetts," and then follow the prompts to gather specific information. For SRTR, select the solid organ (kidney, liver or pancreas), then enter zip code (02215) and click "Go", Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is on the top of the list.