Reza Saidi, MD, is chief of transplant services at Upstate University Hospital.
Kidney shortage lessens as healthy people donate one of their kidneys for transplant
Kidney transplants from living donors have helped ease a shortage of donor kidneys across the United States and in Central New York. Reza Saidi, MD, chief of transplant services at Upstate University Hospital, explains what is involved in living-donor transplants. Many people qualify to donate one of their kidneys -- and can live healthy lives with their single remaining kidney. Surgeons at Upstate have performed more than 400 living-donor kidney transplants, plus more than 1,000 transplants from deceased donors.