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Kidney Transplant Program in the News

NIH Grant

Dr. Obi Ekwenna, assistant professor in the Department of Urology and Renal Transplantation, secured a grant from NIH to be a part of the sponsored collaborative APOL-1 Long-term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes Network (APOLLO).⁠

Dr. Ekwenna and his team are working with Wake Forest as our clinical center and are an engaged site. The study is assessing the effects of renal-risk variants in APOL-1 outcomes of kidneys from donors with African descent and their recipients after kidney transplantation of living or deceased donors.⁠

Making the News in Nigeria     Watch the video

Ekwenna in Nigeria

The Department of Urology has made an alliance with the urology faculty at the teaching hospital Federal Medical Centre in Umuahia, Nigeria. This alliance was featured on the news in Nigeria and features Dr. Obi Ekwenna, Assistant Professor in Urology, who went there to perform and teach kidney transplantation successfully last month. 

The Department is planning to continue to grow this partnership in the future. Urology Chair, Dr. Puneet Sindhwani, states "I think this is a proud moment for us as an institution that we are serving the underserved and making a name for University of Toledo." 

Media Coverage of Reverse Transplant Tourism (Feb. 2015)

REVERSE-TRANSPLANT TOURISM: Kidney doctor pairs foreign, U.S. recipients -
Toledo Blade, Feb. 8, 2015

Reverse Transplant Tourism, developed by UTMC's Dr. Michael Rees, is a game-changer in kidney transplant surgery.

NBC 24 reported on this new concept by following a family's journey from the Philippines to The University of Toledo Medical Center (Feb. 3, 2015).

NBC 24 continues their report on Reverse Transplant Tourism (Feb. 5, 2015).

UTMC's 2,000th Kidney Transplant (May 12, 2014)

Last Updated: 6/27/22