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Could you be a living kidney donor?

November 28, 2016
For many of us, it’s hard to ask for help. So imagine what it would be like to ask a family member or friend for a kidney. Being a living kidney donor is a big decision, but there have been tens of thousands of these donors in the U.S. since 1954, when the first successful living donor transplant was done. Are you a possible donor? Here’s some basic information to get you thinking about it.

How donating a kidney gave me joy, and someone else his life back

October 05, 2016
Your imagination will take you all sorts of unexpected places. This year, mine led to an operating room where I donated a kidney to a stranger.

Liver disease and acetaminophen: can you take it safely?

June 06, 2016
Doctors often tell patients with liver disease that they shouldn't use acetaminophen, a common over-the-counter pain reliever. Acetaminophen is broken down by the liver and can form byproducts that are toxic to the liver, so this warning is not completely without merit. But take it from a hepatologist, acetaminophen is the best option for pain relief for people with liver disease. Read on to learn why.

Liver cancer screening: Overcoming a silent killer

February 17, 2016

Preventive care is a crucial aspect of chronic liver disease management, and liver cancer screening is a top priority. Liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and its incidence is expected to rise in the United States in coming years. So who should be screened for liver cancer, how do we make the diagnosis and what treatment options are available?

Why are some people turned down for a liver transplant

August 12, 2015
The decisions of a liver transplant program can sometimes seem unfair or even arbitrary, especially when a loved one is turned down for a liver transplant. While everyone in need of a transplant deserves an opportunity to be evaluated, not everyone can be placed on the waiting list. 

Swedish opens a new and expanded Organ Transplant and Liver Center

July 28, 2015
This month, Swedish opens the doors on a new, expanded Organ Transplant and Liver Center on First Hill. This is the first Organ Transplant and Liver facility in the nation to provide all related services but surgery in one location and on one floor.

Lunge for Life: Save Lives by Becoming an Organ Donor

May 06, 2015
In the United States, nearly 124,000 men, women and children are on the waiting list for an organ transplant. Every day, an average of 21 people die waiting for organs they need. Here in the Pacific Northwest, there are approximately 3,000 people on the waiting list. Jimmy Murphy, a patient at Swedish, used to be one of them. But Jimmy was lucky enough to have a family member who was an eligible match for a kidney transplant.

Internationally renowned hepatologist, researcher named director of Swedish liver care network

September 25, 2014

Kris Kowdley, M.D., also named research director of the Swedish Organ Care Program

SEATTLE — Sept. 25, 2014 —Internationally renowned physician and researcher Kris V. Kowdley, M.D., FACP, FACG, AGAF and AASLD Fellow has joined the Swedish Liver Center’s medical staff as Director of the Swedish Liver Care Network and Research Director of the Organ Care Program. Dr. Kowdley will provide transplant and liver care for patients while continuing his groundbreaking research into Hepatitis C. Dr. Kowdley’s first day at Swedish was Sept. 15.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Kowdley to the Swedish Liver Center medical staff,” said Marquis Hart, M.D., director of the Swedish Organ Transplant Program. “Dr. Kowdley’s ambitious research is giving hope to patients with serious liver disease and we are excited to extend his care to our patients.”

Prior to Swedish, Dr. Kowdley served as the director of the Liver Center of Excellence and the director of research at the Digestive Disease Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.

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