After years of debate, the organization that oversees the allocation of livers for transplant took steps Monday to address a long-standing geographic disparity in supply of the scarce organs.
The policy approved by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network will make more livers available in some places — including cities such as New York and Chicago — where the shortage is more severe than it is in regions such as the southeastern United States.
The Transplant Institute at NYU Langone Health has launched a new heart transplant program-;the first new program of its kind in New York State in more than 15 years.
Under Dr. Moazami’s leadership, the heart transplant program will provide individualized treatment for patients with advanced heart failure. The cardiac surgeons will see patients alongside cardiologists from the Heart Failure Advanced Care Center, nurse practitioners, social workers, and other specialists to provide comprehensive care and support patients with end-stage heart disease.