Internal Medicine Resident Vishnu Potluri finds national policy is working for prior organ donors


Prior organ donors who later need a kidney transplant experience brief waiting times and receive excellent quality kidneys, according to a study authored by Lankenau Medical Center Internal Medicine Resident Vishnu Potluri, MD, for the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).


Dr. Potluri and his colleagues looked to see whether the current national kidney allocation policy was succeeding in its goal of minimizing waiting time to transplant for people who had once donated an organ. The researchers analyzed prior organ donors and matched non-donors who were wait-listed during the years 1996 to 2010.


“The study is significant because, while most live kidney donors enjoy excellent health after kidney donation, recent research has revealed that kidney donation is linked with a small increase in relative risk of developing kidney failure,” said Dr. Potluri. “Our findings indicate that the US policy that gives priority to prior organ donors on the transplant waiting list is working, and this should provide some reassurance to potential living donors.”


The study has been reported in US News & World Report, Reuters and other news media, and Dorry Segev, MD, one of America’s top transplant researchers from John Hopkins, has spoken on the paper.


Lankenau Medical Center has had a Kidney Transplant Program — one of the few in the region – for over 20 years. It is now part of The Jefferson Transplant Institute at Lankenau Medical Center, a shared initiative of Main Line Health and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.


The article, entitled ““Kidney Transplant Outcomes for Prior Living Organ Donors,” is available online at

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