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The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) partners with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," which features UMMS specialists who share their medical expertise with viewers all across Maryland.

UMMS guests appear every other week in a special "Your Health" segment on MPT's program "Direct Connection," airing live Monday nights at 7 pm.

The show takes calls from viewers, so you have the opportunity to speak directly to our experts and get your questions answered.

Organ Transplant

An organ transplant holds the promise of a life saved, health restored, and a future to live. An 11-year-old girl’s own kidney transplant did all that and inspired her to become a kidney transplant surgeon. The transplant worked well for 30 years, long enough for her to realize her dream as a surgeon to help hundreds of patients who also needed an organ transplant, all while sharing her unique insights as a kidney transplant patient and transplant specialist. Then things changed.

On Monday, January 20, University of Maryland Medical Center transplant surgeon Silke Niederhaus, MD, discusses her experience and what she learned after that transplanted kidney began to fail, and she, like her patients, had to somehow find a donated kidney to stay alive.

Do you have a general question about transplants? During the show, call 1-800-926-0629 or e-mail your question to