The time is now: Formation of true transplant centers

R. J. Howard, Bruce Kaplan

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With the advances in the complexity of medical care there is a need to change the way we are organized in order to deliver that care in the most patient-friendly, efficient manner. This need is perhaps most compellingly manifest in the field of whole organ transplantation. Yet we are trying to deliver medical care with an organizational structure that was developed over 100 years ago when medical practice was considerably different. We argue for the development of a vertically integrated organizational structure in academic health centers for certain disciplines like transplantation. While this new arrangement for medical practice could be applied to many areas of medicine, transplantation is one of the best fields to begin making these changes. True transplant centers would bring avoid fragmentation of care and resources, thus bringing together the medical school and hospital into an integrated organization that would be responsible for all aspects of transplantation such as patient care, research, education and fiscal issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2225-2229
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Health policy
  • Health services
  • Transplant centers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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