New Heart Transplant Method May Grow Donor Pool 30%

A study led by Duke Health physicians, including Jacob Schroder, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, found a relatively new method of heart transplantation, allowing the use of hearts donated after circulatory death (DCD), could expand the pool of available donor hearts by a projected 30%.

May Faculty Recognition

Thomas D'Amico, MD; Joseph Fernandez-Moure, MD, MS; Kevin Saunders, PhD; Kevin Southerland, MD; Betty Tong, MD, MS, MHS

Great COVID-19 Saves: How ECMO Helped a Pregnant Patient Meet Her Newborn Son

Photo above: Takia Morrison is discharged after recovering from COVID-19

When a baby is born, one of the first people they meet is their mother. For one newborn earlier this year, this was not the case, for his mother, Takia Morrison, was diagnosed with COVID-19. In the wake of the pandemic, caution and the safety of everyone is crucial, and a team at Duke University Hospital was ready to treat Ms. Morrison. 

Duke Tests Novel COVID-19 Therapy, Is Lead Enroller in International Trial

The early stage of COVID-19 offers a critical window of opportunity to prevent the progression of the disease to the acute state, when patients require supportive care. By targeting the SARS-CoV-2 virus early on, a therapeutic can help to quickly eliminate the virus from the body while the patient’s symptoms are mild.