7/22/2009 - NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is pleased to announce the new University of Chicago (Medical Center) Transplant Evaluation and Hepatology Programs at NorthShore. The new programs offer evaluation and ancillary testing services for patients requiring a solid organ transplant, and the latest treatments for acute and chronic liver diseases.

“Providing transplant evaluation and testing services at NorthShore sites eases the stress of travel for patients and their families, while maintaining access to first-rate facilities and highly experienced transplant surgeons and transplant nephrologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists and hepatologists,” said Michael Millis, M.D., Director of the Transplantation Center at the Medical Center.

The Transplant Evaluation Program will assess and provide pre- and post-transplant exams for patients who are potential candidates for, or recipients of, heart, lung, liver, pancreas, kidney, and multi-organ transplants. Patients will now have access to a state-of-the-art transplant center and the the Medical Center's transplant specialists at NorthShore Specialty Suites in Evanston, allowing them to remain closer to home for ancillary testing including blood work, imaging, and cardiology services.

“There is, quite frankly, no finer transplant program in this region that combines outstanding clinical care, demonstrated research productivity and an unequivocal commitment to patient safety and satisfaction,” said Mark Talamonti, M.D., Chairman, Department of Surgery, NorthShore.

The Hepatology Program will be an extension of the Center for Liver Diseases at the Medical Center, offering leading-edge approaches for diagnosing and treating the full range of chronic and acute liver diseases.  It will be located at the NorthShore Glenbrook Specialty Suites in Glenview.

“Patients with liver diseases will have access to the many clinical trials with medications that are now operational at the Medical Center,” says Janardan Khandekar, M.D., Chairman, Department of Medicine, NorthShore. “It is a wonderful partnership for both institutions but most importantly, it will be greatly beneficial to our patients.”

The Transplant Evaluation Program is located at NorthShore Specialty Suites at 1000 Central Street, Suite 800 (adjacent to Evanston Hospital). Patients and physicians requesting information or scheduling appointments can call 847.570.1705.

The Hepatology Program is located at NorthShore Glenbrook Specialty Suites at 2150 Pfingsten Road, Suite 3000, in Glenview (adjacent to Glenbrook Hospital). For more information on the Hepatology Program, please call 847.657.1900.

The University of Chicago is a pioneering institution in organ transplantation, having built the framework and technique for organ transplants, work that was honored by the Nobel Prize in 1912, and performing the first living-donor liver transplant in America in 1989. The Medical Center provides the most comprehensive transplant program in the state, performing heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, pancreatic islets transplants and one of the nation’s largest multi-organ transplant programs.

Visit northshore.org/transplant or call 847.570.1705 for more information.

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