Living Donor Nephrectomy
Prior to becoming the Chair of the Yale Department of Urology, Dr. Peter Schulam was the Surgical Director of the Living Kidney Donor Program at UCLA and performed 1,200 laparoscopic living donor nephrectomies. The Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center provides expert, comprehensive and compassionate care for adult and pediatric patients throughout the world who are candidates for organ transplantation. YNHTC team members perform liver, pancreas and heart transplantation, in addition to kidney transplantation.
The Yale kidney transplant program has been in existence for more than 20 years, and offers traditional transplantation of the kidney donated from a deceased donor as well as living-donor transplantation. Dr. Schulam continues to maintain his interest in laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy and actively collaborates with the Yale transplant team to help deliver the highest quality care to kidney donors at Yale.
There are a variety of disease processes that can affect the blood flow to the kidneys, which can result in loss of kidney function or high blood pressure. In the past, these processes were managed with open surgery by urologists. In the modern era, the majority of renovascular procedures is performed by interventional radiologists. In the treatment of patients with renovascular disease, Yale urologists work closely with our colleagues from Nephrology as well as Yale Vascular and Interventional Radiology, a division of physicians who specialize in the use of imaging modalities to guide minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the renal vessels and other parts of the body.