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10.16.2012

Four Miami Transplant Institute Programs Recognized for Excellence

The Miami Transplant Institute at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center has been awarded silver and bronze medals from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Transplantation for its kidney, kidney/pancreas, lung and heart transplant programs.

The Institute’s kidney transplant program was one of only nine in the United States to receive a silver medal at the October 4 Medal of Honor ceremony in Grapevine, Texas.

Silver medals also were awarded to the kidney/pancreas and lung transplant programs. The heart transplant program received bronze.

Programs were recognized based on post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates, and mortality rates after patients are placed on waiting lists.

“Our transplant team is dedicated to saving lives,” said Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A, professor of surgery and director of the Miami Transplant Institute. “The Institute is honored that our kidney, kidney/pancreas, lung and heart transplant programs are national leaders.”

The Miami Transplant Institute performs more than 400 lifesaving adult and pediatric transplants every year.

“We are extremely proud that the Miami Transplant Institute ranks among the top U.S. medical centers for total solid organ transplantation,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth. “Gaetano Ciancio is a spectacular leader for this world-class multidisciplinary team.”

“It is gratifying to see so many Miami Transplant Institute practices recognized,” said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System. “We have already implemented transplant quality measures that will continue improving clinical outcomes across all disciplines.”

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