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University of Missouri Health Care Transplant Program Celebrates 35 years

Gilbert Ross Jr, MD

In February 1972, Gilbert Ross Jr., MD, professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, and Pete Standard, MD, a chief resident at the time, performed the first kidney transplant procedure in central Missouri at University Hospital.

University Hospital's kidney transplant specialists have completed nearly 900 transplants, extending the lives and improving the quality of life for many Missouri residents. We are proud to say that University of Missouri Health Care has one of the largest and most comprehensive renal replacement centers in the nation. University of Missouri HealthCare has a large and diverse patient population, excellent facilities on the campus of a major University, and an internationally recognized faculty.

There is a great working relationship between urology and nephrology specialists at University of Missouri Health Care and outstanding work by transplant nurse and financial coordinator and social workers. The joint program creates a comfortable atmosphere for patients, and all their specialty needs are met in one place by consistent physicians and staff.

University Hospital's kidney transplant program consists of a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals who work together to bring patients the highest quality care. Transplant surgeons, nephrologists, nurses and other medical support professionals use a highly coordinated care approach for every patient, including pediatric transplant patients. University Hospital's specialty team approach contributes to an acute kidney rejection rate of less than 10 percent, compared to the national average for acute kidney rejection of approximately 15 percent. Recent additions to the program include new techniques for immunological evaluation. In keeping with the modernization of technology, University Hospital is one of the first in the region to have initiated laparoscopic donor kidney removal.

Kidney Transplant Team: Stephanie Sapp, Financial Coordinator, Catherine Ashbaugh, APN. Dana Aholt, RN Assistant Manager , Alice  Misfeldt, RN, Carol Sanders, RN, Dr. Gilbert Ross Jr., Dr. Mark Wakefield, Dr. Ramesh Khanna,  Brenda Jensen, RN Manager, Leanne Peace, Social Worker

Kidney Transplant Team from left to right: Stephanie Sapp, Financial Coordinator; Catherine Ashbaugh, APN; Dana Aholt, RN, Assistant Manager; Alice Misfeldt, RN; Carol Sanders, RN; Gilbert Ross Jr., MD; Mark Wakefield, MD, Ramesh Khanna, MD; Brenda Jensen, RN, Manager; Leanne Peace, Social Worker.

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