Welcome to Penn State Hershey Abdominal Transplant Surgery
Since 1982, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been a leader in abdominal organ transplants. The first kidney transplant was a living related donation from father to daughter. The Medical Center expanded transplant services to include kidney/pancreas and liver transplantation.
At Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, you will find the largest, most experienced transplant team and support staff in central Pennsylvania. In addition, the transplant team has access to a wide variety of medical and surgical services to support any special care needs that may arise following transplantation.
Kidney recipient gives thanks for anonymous donor and the gift of a second chance
Some people in need of a healthy kidney have willing donors who aren't good matches for them. The "kidney swap" program through The National Kidney Registry and other organizations gives those people another option for receiving a donor organ than waiting on the deceased donor list. Click here to learn more about this option, now offered at Penn State Hershey.
We vow to save lives.
From invitations and flowers, to tuxedos and wedding cake, bride-to-be Hannah planned for it all.
But what she didn’t plan for was liver failure.
At 17-years-old, Hannah was diagnosed with Wilson’s disease which caused severe damage to her liver. Everyday activities like walking upstairs or dressing for school in the morning caused a sense of fatigue for Hannah who was once a competitor on her high school’s track and field team.
Nearly four years later, Hannah was in dire need of a transplant. She received a life-saving liver transplant at Penn State Hershey Medical Center within two days. An experienced team of skilled transplant surgical, medical and support staff cared for Hannah’s physical and emotional needs before, during, and after her transplant surgery to ensure her walk down the aisle would be a healthy one.
Hannah couldn’t live without her new liver. And now—her groom, Earl, is able to forever cherish something he couldn’t live without—the love of his life, Hannah.
Central Pennsylvania's First Living Donor Liver Transplant
Surgeons at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center performed central Pennsylvania’s first adult living-donor liver transplant, a highly specialized and effective treatment for patients suffering from end-stage liver disease, on Jestine Reider and John Kreider, brother and sister from Elizabethtown, Pa. The surgery was performed by the liver transplant surgery team on Tuesday, July 29, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center -- the only Medicare-approved center for liver transplantation in central Pennsylvania and one of only three hospitals in Pennsylvania to offer this procedure. More...
- Graduate School to host fall grant-writing workshops Registration is now open for a series of grant-writing workshops to be held this fall by the Penn State Graduate School that are intended for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.More...
- Primary care physicians can be critical resource for abused women in rural areas Many primary care physicians in rural communities do not routinely screen women for intimate partner violence (IPV), according to Penn State medical and public health researchers. Rural women who are exposed to such violence have limited resources if they seek help.More...
- The Medical Minute: Easing back-to-school anxieties in kids After a summer of lazy afternoons and late bedtimes, parents of school-aged children face the deadline for helping their young ones transition to not only a new routine and schedule -- but also the academic and social challenges a new school year brings.More...
- Hershey graduate students to take oath on Friday Incoming graduate students pursuing master of public health, master of science or doctoral degrees at Penn State College of Medicine will participate in the Graduate Student Oath Ceremony, at 3:30 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 22, in the University Conference Center at Hershey. During this ceremony, first-year graduate students take an oath to uphold the values of integrity, professionalism and scholarship throughout their academic careers.More...