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Friday, October 2, 2015

Join Team Philadelphia at the 2016 Transplant Games of America

The Gift of Life Donor Program is assembling a team of transplant recipients, donor family members, living donors and their supporters to participate in this year's Transplant Games of America, an Olympic-style athletic competition.

The event is intended to raise organ and tissue donor awareness by displaying the talents and abilities of individuals of all ages who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries, as well as honoring families whose loved ones have given the gift of life.

Important Dates

The Games will be held from June 10 through 15, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

If you’re interested in participating on Team Philadelphia, the first team meeting will be held October 10 from noon to 3pm, with additional meetings to follow. The meeting will be located at:
Crown Plaza
260 Mall Blvd., King of Prussia, PA

Please RSVP to team manager, Kelly Antczak, at 215-557-8090 or

Events and Activities at the Games

Competition is open to organ transplant recipients, living donors, bone marrow recipients and corneal and tissue transplant recipients.

Special programs and workshops will be available for donor families, and they are welcome to cheer on the athletes as they compete.

Events at the Transplant Games include:
  • 5K/10K run/walk 
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bocce
  • Bowling
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Golf
  • Racquetball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Cornhole (bean bag toss)
  • Texas hold-em poker
  • Trivia challenge
  • Virtual triathlon
  • Youth Olympiad


Please contact the Gift of Life Donor Program to learn more and register.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Transplant Games!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Advanced Lung Disease Webchat - Live on October 7

We’re teaming up with 6ABC for a live, streaming web chat on the topic of advanced lung disease. Join our team of experts as we discuss screening options, risk evaluation and treatments.

When: Wednesday, October 7
12 pm to 1 pm


Who: The panel will include three specialists from Penn Medicine's Harron Lung Center:

Christian Bermudez, MD
Dr. Bermudez is a cardiothoracic surgeon that specializes in lung and heart transplantation, mechanical support for cardiopulmonary failure and perfusion techniques, including extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and ex-vivo perfusion. His clinical expertise also includes other advanced procedures for heart failure, including revascularization, valvular procedures and thromboendarterectomy for chronic pulmonary hypertension.
James Lee, MD
Dr. Lee is the Medical Director of the Lung Transplantation program at Penn Medicine. He specializes in the treatment of advanced lung disease and lung transplant. In addition, his expertise includes the medical management of lung and heart-lung transplant recipients.
Nancy P. Blumenthal
Nancy P. Blumenthal, DNP, CRNP has been a nurse with the Penn Lung Transplant Team since its inception in 1991. She cares for patients and their families throughout all phases of lung and heart-lung transplantation including consultation, evaluation, transplantation and follow-up. In her role as Director of Clinical Practice & Senior Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Blumenthal leads the interdisciplinary team in clinical care planning, and partners with her medical and surgical colleagues in the strategic planning and development of the program.

The Harron Lung Center offers patient-focused, compassionate evaluation and treatment of advanced lung disease. This unique, multidisciplinary approach partners pulmonologists with radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, cancer specialists and transplant experts to provide patients comprehensive treatment tailored to their individual need.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Volunteer at the Penn Transplant House This Fall

For many people, choosing the Penn Transplant Institute requires traveling far from home, which can be challenging throughout the transplant journey. As they explore transplant, receive consultations while waiting for an organ to become available and begin their recovery after the surgery, they have to navigate these new experiences in a large, unfamiliar city, without their typical community of support.

To support these patients and their family and friends who are caring for them, we built the Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House. The House provides a conveniently located guesthouse – a home away from home for transplant patients and their families and caregivers. Volunteers are invited to join us to share a touch of kindness and comfort that helps make the House a home, and nothing says comfort like a home-cooked meal.

You and your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers are invited to donate an evening to the Guest Chef’s program and prepare and share a meal with our out-of-town guests. We've found that this really helps ease the stress associated with meal planning and preparation.

If you're interested in serving as a guest chef at the Penn Transplant House, here are some quick facts about the program and ideas for participation.

Number of Guests

The anticipated number of guests is confirmed on the Friday afternoon prior to the meal date, when most new reservations are made. The number of expected guests for the following week may increase.

Preparing the Meal

It's perfectly acceptable to cook food in advance and simply reheat it. The Transplant House has two ovens, and different dishes can be cooked at the same time. Guest chefs may arrive several hours ahead of time to prepare the entire meal, but they are asked to notify the house manager prior to their arrival.

Kitchen Supplies

The Transplant House has a fully stocked kitchen with pots, pans, cookie sheets; cooking, serving and eating utensils; and bowls. It has all of the dinnerware and glassware needed for the meals, as well as a food processor, blender and hand-mixers. If there is a unique item needed to prepare the meal, please check with the house manager to find out if it is available.

Meal Planning and Dietary Restrictions

Since meals are not prepared each night and guests are not always the same, specific dietary needs and restrictions of guests are not known. Previous dinners have consisted of both patients and family members of patients. A typical meal may include: soup or salad, a protein, a starch, veggies, dessert and a beverage. (Please note: The Transplant House is an alcohol-free facility).

To be as welcoming and hospitable to all of the guests as possible, a vegetarian option should be available for each meal. Having a diabetic option for the desserts is also helpful and has been greatly appreciated by guests in the past. If you would like help in creating a meal plan, or would like to speak with someone about meal ideas, please contact the house manager, Kirsten King, at 215-662-4540.


Dinner is generally served between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. Please let the house manager know prior to the date of your dinner what your anticipated meal time is, so the guests may be notified and plan accordingly.


Since this house is also home to its guests, anyone who uses the kitchen is asked to clean up. To assist in the cleaning process, the house has three dishwashers, as well as the necessary cleaning supplies for the counter tops and kitchen surfaces, readily available.

Be Our Guest

The guest chef program is a fun way for individuals and groups to get involved in the important support the house provides. Our guests are always appreciative of the food and community building, as well as the generous gift of time and talent that each guest chef gives.

For more information on becoming a guest chef or to schedule a dinner with the Transplant House, please contact the house manager, Kirsten King, at 215-662-4540.

Friday, September 4, 2015

September Lung Transplant Support Group

Date: Monday, September 14, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research 8th Floor, Conference Room 146
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Role of Nutrition Before and After Lung Transplant

While good nutrition is important for everyone, it is critical during all phases of transplantation: preparing for transplant, recovering from transplant surgery, and living a full and healthy life after lung transplant. To help patients and caregivers better understand the concepts of nutrition in lung transplant, we welcome Penn Lung Transplant clinical dietitian Katie Stratton, RD, LDN, to our September support group.

As Katie prepares to meet with the support group participants, she’d like to know what questions or concerns you and your caregivers may have about food choices before and after lung transplant.

If you have a specific question, or a nutrition-related topic that you’d like to discuss, please email lung transplant social worker, Chris Erickson, MSW, LCSW at For additional information about this session or the lung transplant support groups, please reach out to Chris at 215-662-4575.

We are excited learn what nutrition questions you may have and look forward to seeing you on September 14!