Successful pathways to liver transplant for undocumented immigrants

Stanley Kerznerman, Laura Ford, Mara Kuns, Sander Florman, Thomas Schiano

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Abstract

Liver transplant (LT) for undocumented immigrants presents numerous challenges. Although the United Network for Organ Sharing has implemented multiple policy changes to lessen the disparities in LT throughout the years, undocumented immigrants remain especially marginalized and disadvantaged when compared with other populations. Since 2013, the Mount Sinai Hospital's Recanati Miller Transplant Institute has transplanted 16 undocumented immigrants with successful outcomes. Here, we will share our experience of evaluating, caring for, and transplanting these patients and also highlight our team's mission to ensure that this population has equitable access to lifesaving medical treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-463
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2023

Keywords

  • Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD)
  • cirrhosis
  • end-stage liver disease
  • liver transplant
  • medical ethics
  • permanently residing under the color of the law (PRUCOL)
  • undocumented immigrant

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