Robert M. Merion

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Transplant physicians and candidates have become increasingly aware that donor characteristics significantly impact liver transplantation outcomes. Although the qualitative effect of individual donor variables are understood, the quantitative risk associated with combinations of characteristics are unclear. Using national data from 1998 to 2002, we(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS A consensus has been reached that liver donor allocation should be based primarily on liver disease severity and that waiting time should not be a major determining factor. Our aim was to assess the capability of the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score to correctly rank potential liver recipients according to their severity of(More)
A national conference on organ donation after cardiac death (DCD) was convened to expand the practice of DCD in the continuum of quality end-of-life care. This national conference affirmed the ethical propriety of DCD as not violating the dead donor rule. Further, by new developments not previously reported, the conference resolved controversy regarding the(More)
BACKGROUND Elderly patients (ages 70 yr and older) are among the fastest-growing group starting renal-replacement therapy in the United States. The outcomes of elderly patients who receive a kidney transplant have not been well studied compared with those of their peers on the waiting list. METHODS Using the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients,(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy for renal transplantation is being performed in increasing numbers with the goals of broadening organ supply while minimizing pain and duration of convalescence for donors. Relative advantages in terms of recovery provided by laparoscopy over standard open surgery have not been rigorously assessed. We(More)
The pharmacokinetics of an orally administered valine ester of ganciclovir (GCV), valganciclovir (VGC), were studied. These were compared to the pharmacokinetics of oral and intravenous GCV. Twenty-eight liver transplant recipients received, in an open-label random order with a 3- to 7-day washout, each of the following: 1 g of oral GCV three times a day;(More)
The shortage of deceased donor kidneys for transplantation continues to restrict the full application of this lifesaving procedure to all who might benefit. Increasing reliance on donors with characteristics previously thought to be unsuitable for use in transplantation has led to questions about graft outcomes for recipients of such organs. Careful(More)
PURPOSE The technical difficulty of standard laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy has limited its application. Hand assistance, which takes advantage of the incision necessary for organ removal, facilitates laparoscopy without significant impact on patient recovery. We prospectively compared open surgical and hand assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. (More)
CYP3A4, a major Phase I xenobiotic metabolizing enzyme present in liver, is also present in human small bowel epithelium where it appears to catalyse significant 'first pass' metabolism of some drugs. To determine whether CYP3A4 or the related enzymes CYP3A3, CYP3A5, and CYP3A7 are present in other regions of the digestive tract, we used CYP3A-specific(More)
BACKGROUND We propose a continuous kidney donor risk index (KDRI) for deceased donor kidneys, combining donor and transplant variables to quantify graft failure risk. METHODS By using national data from 1995 to 2005, we analyzed 69,440 first-time, kidney-only, deceased donor adult transplants. Cox regression was used to model the risk of death or graft(More)