Parsia A. Vagefi

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The use of animal organs could potentially alleviate the critical worldwide shortage of donor organs for clinical transplantation. Because of the strong immune response to xenografts, success will probably depend upon new strategies of immune suppression and induction of tolerance. Here we report our initial results using alpha-1,3-galactosyltransferase(More)
BACKGROUND Cystic pancreatic endocrine neoplasms (CPENs) are considered rare, and their behavior is thought to be similar to that of solid pancreatic endocrine neoplasms (PENs). This study aims to describe the characteristics of CPENs in a large patient cohort. STUDY DESIGN We performed a retrospective review of 170 patients who underwent resections for(More)
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are subject to increased risks for the development of colorectal cancer (CRC), risks that are attributed to the duration and anatomic extent of disease in patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Although IBD contributes only 1%-2% to all cases of CRC, the mortality rate in patients with a(More)
The demographics of patients in the United States who undergo living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) versus patients who undergo deceased donor liver transplantation (DDLT) are interesting with respect to the demographics of the donor service areas (DSAs). We examined adult recipients of primary, non-status 1 liver-only transplants from 2003 to 2009. The(More)
PURPOSE While a few publications specify the anesthetic implications of either brain or cardiac death, they lack detail on how to provide anesthesia during organ donation surgery. We provide a thorough description of important anesthetic considerations during organ donation surgery in patients with either brain or cardiac death. SOURCE A thorough(More)
BACKGROUND A minority of liver transplantation (LT) candidates pursue listing at multiple centers to achieve transplantation. The purpose of this study was to assess the characteristics and outcomes of the migrated LT candidates, that is, those who travel to secondary centers seeking LT. STUDY DESIGN Single-center retrospective study from January 1, 2005(More)
In the last three decades, the management of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has improved dramatically. The use of combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) has been successful at preventing death and the myriad infectious, malignant, and immune-mediated complications of HIV. Once considered to be a fatal disease, HIV is now considered by many to be a(More)
The liver transplant allocation system has evolved to a ranking system of “sickest-first” system based on objective criteria. Yet, organs continue to be distributed first within OPOs and regions that are largely based on historical practice patterns related to kidney transplantation and were never designed to minimize waitlist death or equalize opportunity(More)
BACKGROUND Geographic disparity in access to liver transplantation (LT) exists. This study sought to examine Model for End-Stage Liver Disease-era multiply listed (ML) LT candidate (ie, candidates who list at 2 or more LT centers to receive a liver transplant). STUDY DESIGN Data on adult, primary, non-status 1 LT candidates (n = 59,557) listed from(More)