"At ISMETT, we are attempting to overcome this hurdle by using some of the most innovative transplantation techniques in the world," said Bruno Gridelli, M.D., a transplant surgeon and chief executive officer of ISMETT, which is a public-private partnership between UPMC and the Region of Sicily.
These advanced procedures include the "split liver" technique, in which a cadaveric liver is divided between two recipients, usually an adult and a child, as well as donations from living donors, which often reduce the time recipients wait for transplants and improve outcomes.
is now the most experienced center for living-donor liver transplantation in Italy with patient outcomes that rank among the best nationally and internationally.
"We are continuing to strengthen our transplant programs by using less-invasive procedures for living-donor liver procurement and by adopting methods that will allow us to use organs previously deemed to be marginal.
By doing so, we intend to widen access to this life-saving treatment," said Dr. Gridelli