UPMC Altoona unveiled its new Kidney Transplant Clinic at
Dr. Amit Tevar is the surgical director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at UPMC. He and his staff travel once a month to the satellite transplant office in
"You're there for 4,5,6 hours, who knows, you never know, so you got a pretty big day involved and you're usually always tired when you're done," he says.
Dr. Tevar says patients like Dale can receive most of their pre-testing at the
"I like to say it requires a village to get someone to transplant and through transplant," the surgeon says. "It involves being seen by a transplant surgeon, transplant nephrologist, a social worker, a behavioral specialist, and a transplant coordinator, and to maximize patient time, we do most of their testing right here."
Patients like Gloria Bosh, who's 14 years out from her transplant can their follow-up care, close to home.
"I was very happy to hear there's a clinic here. I did a real happy dance," the Duncansville woman says.
According to Dr Tevar, nearly 200 patients in the area being evaluated for or who've had a transplant can receive their care in
The clinic sees only kidney and pancreas transplant patients and evaluates potential live donor kidney patients, but plans to add liver patients in the fall. The team will also double its visits to twice a month.
Dr Tevar predicts that having the transplant clinic in our region will result in more local patients making the transplant list.
Dale expects to be one of them in the near future. "Exciting is a very good term for it, yes, especially when it's part of your body that your really need," he says, laughing.
The new clinic in