Long Island Business News
July 21, 2016
As part of a bigger push to provide organ transplants, Northwell Health is gearing up to open a pediatric kidney transplant program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.
New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health said the New York State Department of Health approved a pediatric kidney transplant program designed to open later this year as part of the hospital’s division of pediatric nephrology.
Northwell Health said existing medical, surgical and nursing teams will work with the new pediatric kidney transplant program which also will include an outpatient component.
The hospital’s clinicians see more than 1,100 patients with kidney disease annually, including roughly 50 children with end-stage kidney disease and 13 dialysis patients.
Children treated by Cohen seeking kidney transplants are currently referred to institutions in Manhattan and return after operations for long-term management.
Dr. Charles Schleien, Cohen’s executive director and Northwell Health’s senior vice president and chair of pediatrics, said the program will provide “greater convenience while eliminating the need for extensive travel.”
Dr. Ernesto Momenti, surgical director of the system’s adult kidney transplant center, will lead the program along with Dr. Pamela Singer, medical director of the pediatric program.
Singer said “the transplant program will complete the spectrum of chronic kidney disease services” at Cohen.
Since the adult kidney transplant center at North Shore University Hospital opened in 2007, Dr. Molmenti and Dr. Louis Kavoussi, Northwell’s chair of urology, have performed more than 235 kidney transplants.
As part of its effort to provide transplants on Long Island, Northwell recently hired Dr. Lewis Teperman as vice chair of surgery at North Shore University Hospital and director of organ transplantation, where he is helping launch a new liver transplant program.
Teperman served as vice chair of surgery at the New York University School of Medicine and Langone Medical Center and was founder and director of the hospital’s Mary Lea Johnson Richards Organ Transplant Center in Manhattan.
He for nine years was a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing’s or UNOS Liver/Intestine Transplantation Committee and currently serves on its Membership Professional Standards Committee.