Organ Transplantation

Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Transplant Center performs the following types of transplantation:  

  • Solid organ transplants: lung, heart, liver, kidney,  pancreas
  • Dual solid organ transplants: liver/kidney, heart/kidney, heart/liver, kidney/pancreas, lung/heart (lung/heart and kidney)
  • The kidney transplant program also performs the following transplants:  highly sensitized incompatible transplant, ABO- blood type incompatible, living donor/deceased donor, extended criteria donor (ECD), donation after cardiac death (DCD) donor, kidney paired exchange donor (KPD)

Responsibilities of the transplantation pharmacist includes

  • Attending daily multi-disciplinary transplant rounds
  • Formulating and recommending transplant specific therapy to achieve desired pharmacologic outcomes for inpatient and outpatient organ candidates and recipients
  • Ensuring accuracy of transplant protocols when ordered by transplant practitioners (fellows, interns, residents, nurse practitioners and medical students)
  • Reviewing medication administration records  daily to ensure appropriate therapy
  • Participating in discharge planning and preparing discharge materials, including medications lists, steroid tapers, medication diary, medication information cards, and obtaining prior authorizations
  • Providing patient and family education about medication safety and efficacy
  • Participating in Outpatient Transplant Clinics and monitoring patients receiving treatment at infusion centers
  • Participating in clinical trials including: assuring that patients are informed before they consent to take part in clinical studies; collecting and analyzing data; initiating single center and multi-center studies including drafting of proposals; participating in FDA, IRB, and sponsor related activities to maintain all research studies.
  • Implementing research studies by working closely with floor pharmacists, IDS, procedure center nurses/pharmacists, and central pharmacists.
  • Serving as preceptor for fourth-year pharmacy students and residents
  • Educating physicians, nurses and social workers on an ongoing basis about immunosuppression, nonpharmacologic supplements, and new transplant research studies.
  • Submitting and presenting abstracts for oral presentation or poster at annual meetings
  • Publishing and peer reviewing journals