The Kidney Transplant Clinic is an affiliate of the University of Maryland Medical Center transplant program. The clinic oversees the process of evaluating and preparing individuals who are candidates for kidney transplant. By operating this clinic in Easton, Shore Health System offers residents of the Eastern Shore world class care with University of Maryland School of Medicine transplant specialists while reducing travel to Baltimore prior to surgery.
Founded in 1968, the University of Maryland Medical Center's Transplant Program has established a national reputation for innovation and technical excellence. The comprehensive center with transplantation capabilities in kidney, pancreas, simultaneous kidney-pancreas and liver, and are the first transplant center in the U.S. to perform 1,000 laparoscopic kidney donations.
Once a month, the Shore Health System Kidney Transplant Clinic offers appointments to evaluate and prepare individuals who are candidates for a kidney transplant. During their initial visit to the clinic, prospective kidney transplant patients are scheduled for a daylong appointment, which begins with an orientation to the program and a meeting with a nurse, who collects the individual's medical and personal history. The clinic assessment continues with a meeting with one of the transplant surgeons and consultations with members of the clinic's multidisciplinary group, which includes nephrologists and a social worker, dietician, cardiology nurse practitioner and patient financial assistance counselor.
This clinic visit also begins an extensive testing process. Some lab testing is begun during the first clinic appointment. The patient will also leave with an individualized checklist of other tests that must be completed, such as chest X-rays, EKG, colonoscopy, mammograms and abdominal ultrasounds.