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Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (formerly Saint Barnabas Medical Center) has made many changes to its daily operations. Most notably, the Transplant Division temporarily stopped performing transplant surgeries during mid-March to late May 2020, during the peak period of SARS-2-CoV infections in our region. Cooperman Barnabas resumed deceased donor kidney transplants on June 1 and resumed living donor kidney transplants in early July.

With the resumption of transplants and normal hospital activities, a major priority for the Transplant Division is the protection of both patients and staff. Cooperman Barnabas’s outpatient facilities have resumed all services, which helps those patients who choose to have their pre-transplant testing at Barnabas. The Transplant Division has resumed in-person transplant evaluations and re-evaluations as well as in-person post-transplant clinic visits. We also continue to utilize Telehealth for routine re-evaluations and stable post-transplant patients. New potential transplant candidates can be evaluated at our office locations in Livingston, Edison, River Edge, and West Long Branch, New Jersey.

A number of new processes are in place to welcome pre-and post-transplant patients back to our facility.

These processes include:

  • Phone screenings are conducted for all patients prior to coming in for their transplant appointments
  • Appointment times for pre-transplant evaluations and post-transplant clinic are staggered, to avoid patient congregation in waiting rooms
  • Social distancing is enforced with spacing of chairs and furniture
  • Face coverings are required for all patients and visitors
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is readily available in all areas
  • All patients admitted for transplant surgeries are tested for COVID-19 prior to surgery
  • Continued preparations and readiness for potential future surges

We believe that these safety procedures will help all of us—healthcare workers and patients—to remain safe and healthy during this pandemic. We value our partnership with you, and we thank you for choosing Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center for transplant services.

The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center offers compassionate and comprehensive transplant care for adult and pediatric kidney patients. Our nationally respected team of transplant physicians and surgeons, working closely with experienced registered transplant coordinators, social workers and support staff, offers hope and an increasing number of transplant opportunities to many whose medical conditions previously prevented transplantation as an option. It is one of the largest kidney transplant programs in the country, performing more than 300 transplant surgeries each year. The Living Donor Institute at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center offers an increasing number of innovative living donation techniques available at only a few of the world’s leading transplant centers.

With a patient-centered approach, we aim to provide a caring environment with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment capabilities. Our multidisciplinary transplant team guides patients through the process of deciding on kidney transplant as a treatment option, understanding transplantation, finding a donor, and maintaining a healthy organ after transplant. Along with our established reputation for world-class renal and pancreas transplant, our department of transplant research continues to participate in clinical drug trials and investigate the most current anti-rejection medications available.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): FAQs for Transplant Recipients (PDF)

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