Transplant Care Transformed in the Face of COVID-19

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As New York City hospitals braced for a potentially overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases, Columbia University Medical Center nephrologist Sumit Mohan, MD, MPH, and his colleagues had to transform the way they provided kidney transplant care.

“We put a pause on nearly all kidney transplants,” said Mohan, an associate professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University. All elective procedures were put on hold to free up space and ventilators for a surge of COVID-19 patients. For kidney transplant patients with living donors, they decided it was safer to postpone surgeries to prevent donors or immune-suppressed recipients from becoming infected