The Department of Transplantation at Nationwide Children’s offers specialized and comprehensive care to children and adolescents. In 2016, Kenneth Washburn, MD, joined Nationwide Children’s as section chief of Transplantation and director of the Abdominal Transplant Program. He is also executive director of the Ohio State Comprehensive Transplant Center and the Division of Transplantation Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC).
In his role at Nationwide Children’s, Dr. Washburn will build onto the successful pediatric kidney transplant program to establish comprehensive liver transplant services.
Dr. Washburn and his colleagues are also committed to transplant outcomes research. Dr. Washburn comes from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where his former program’s outcomes were among the best in the nation.
“Research related to transplant outcomes is important to the success of any program and to advancing transplant outcomes for patients everywhere,” says Dr. Washburn. “At Nationwide Children’s we are building a full-service academic program that will include research and teaching.”
Through the Kidney Transplant Program, living and cadaveric renal transplants for infants, children and adolescents are performed in partnership with The Ohio State University Comprehensive Transplant Center, providing a full continuum of care to patients as they age.
“Our kidney transplant outcomes meet or exceed the expected outcomes of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients,” says Amer Rajab, MD, PhD, associate professor of Surgery at OSUWMC and surgical director of Pediatric Transplant Surgery at Nationwide Children's. “We have a long history of successful kidney transplants.”