As the only teaching hospital in the State, and the only center in the State of Arkansas that offers adult liver or kidney transplantation, UAMS provides state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technology for patients in need of transplants. UAMS has a history of Arkansas medical firsts. We performed the state’s first kidney transplant in 1964, and in 1991, UAMS performed the first kidney-pancreas transplant in the State. We added another “first” in 2005 when UAMS performed Arkansas’ first liver transplant and we have been growing ever since.
Gary Barone, M.D., is the Division Chief for the Division of Transplantation at UAMS and leads our team of transplant surgeons. Frederick Bentley, M.D., joined our transplant program in 2006 after heading a transplant program in Kentucky. Dr. Daniel Borja joined UAMS in 2012 after completing two fellowships at the University of Minnesota in Hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, followed by another fellowship in liver, pancreas and kidney transplantation. Dr. Borja is the Division Director and the program has continued to grow; breaking a UAMS record in 2013 after completing 36 liver transplants in one year with our survival rate remaining well above the National average.
In 2014, Dr. Gerardo Tamayo-Enriquez also joined us after completing a fellowship in transplantation at the University of Minnesota in liver, pancreas and kidneys, as well as a Trauma and Critical Care fellowship at Barnes Jewish Hospital. As of February 2016, UAMS is the only center in the State that is doing kidney transplantation.
The Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients reported that UAMS’ 1 year survival rate for patients with a liver transplant for 2013 was 95% (National average is 88%) and had over double the transplant rates for the region and the Nation. In 2014, the group once again performed more than double the expected rate of liver transplants with excellent outcomes.