the torch Winter 2015, Issue 4 - Page 15

infrastructure, the personnel and the ability to pull resources together in a short amount of time, and that is why people come from around the world to Baylor,” said Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski, M.D., chief of heart trans-plantation and mechanical circulatory support for Baylor Dallas. Baylor Simmons Transplant Institute is one of the busiest multi-specialty transplant centers in the world. It is home to a highly experienced team of physicians on the medical staff and other clinicians who provide comprehensive transplant services. A leader in solid organ transplant in the United States, Baylor Simmons Transplant Institute has successfully transplanted more than 8,200 organs over the past 30 years. In 2014 alone, the team performed 102 cardiac transplants in one year, becoming one of the top two programs by volume in the country for heart transplantation, with excellent outcomes. Not lost in this milestone is the sacrifice made by the donors. Their generous gift has made new life possible for these families, and without them transplantation would not be possible. “This is the one good thing that comes out of tragedy, this helps bring hope to donor families,” Dr. Klintmalm said. “The donors changed all these lives, we are just the messengers.” For more information on transplant initiatives, contact Melissa Dalton at Melissa.Dalton@BaylorHealth.edu or 214.820.2705. Baylor’s record-breaking day of organ transplants 2 lung transplants 1 heart transplant 3 liver/ kidney transplants 3 kidney transplants “There are only a handful of centers that have the infrastructure, the personnel and the ability to pull resources together in a short amount of time, and that is why people from around the world come to Baylor.” – Dr. Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski