Badges (1)


Member has chosen to not make this information public.

Groups (1)

Posts (10)

Dec 10, 2019 · Transplant Infographics in Transplant

Even before the Mayo Clinic Connect transplant blog started in October of 2016 we have been working to educate and empower transplant patients through various efforts. With many information avenues existing when looking for information on transplantation. Searching online can produce many web sites about transplant, living donation and healthy living, but we caution readers to make sure their information comes from a trusted and reliable source.


At Mayo Clinic we have a web page, a discussion group, and online toolkits. These are just a few of the resources that are available to the public. Web pages are a great resource, but when it comes to finding quick and shareable information, one of the best resources might be our infographics. Our goal through developing these infographics is to communicate complex information quickly and clearly.

Over the past few years, we have produced many short, graphical pages to provide the public with easy-to-read information on a variety of transplant topics. Here is a short list of the most recent transplant infographics:

Join us here for a new health topic every week or follow us on Facebook.

What other topics would you like to see in an infographic? We’d love to hear your ideas!


Oct 22, 2019 · Transplant Food Safety in Transplant

As a transplant recipient, prioritizing your health and wellness is of great importance. What you eat and drink is one component of your overall health – and making sure these foods and beverages are safe for you to consume is equally as important.


Good food safety and food handling guidelines should be followed by everyone.“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 million persons get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from food-borne infection and illness in the United States each year. Many of these people are children, older adults, or have weakened immune systems and may not be able to fight infection normally.”1

This is exactly why good food safety practices are so important for those who have undergone a transplant surgery.  The medications used to prevent rejection (such as CellCept and Tacrolimus or Sirolimus) suppress – or weaken –  your immune system, making you more susceptible to food-borne pathogens.

The USDA promotes 4 key ideas to help reduce the risk of food-borne illness.  These key ideas are: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.  Great information regarding these 4 steps is available here:

Additionally, it is important to know which foods are higher risk (meaning they carry a greater risk for food-borne pathogens) and which foods are lower risk.




If you have well water, your well should be tested every 6 months and be found free from coliforms.  If you have questions regarding the safety of your well water, you should speak with your transplant team for more information.

Following these good food safety practices and avoiding high risk foods are just a few ways to help keep you and your transplanted organ healthy.

References: 1.



Aug 20, 2019 · New Transplant Blog Posts in Transplants

Happy Tuesday, we hope your week is off to a great start. Today on the blog we are sharing with you some recent transplant stories!

Check out these amazing individuals and their story here:

Be well!

Aug 15, 2019 · Trending Transplant Stories in Transplant

With many lifesaving transplant stories happening around the world, we wanted to share with you some of the latest transplant stories happening here at Mayo Clinic. Patient Stories

Skip Sturtz is a Cheerful Giver, Donating a Kidney to a Stranger

Not long into his retirement, Skip Sturtz felt a stirring to do something life-changing for someone else. He reached out to Mayo Clinic and began the process of becoming an altruistic donor.

Read more:

Son Wins Father’s Day With Life-Saving Gift

Robert Sanden’s gift of a kidney from his son Ricky was a welcome surprise after more than a decade of living with polycystic kidney disease.

Read more:

Desperate No More: Jimmy Farhat’s Pleas for Kidney End at Mayo Clinic

Jimmy Farhat has spent three years on the kidney transplant list, sharing his story with anyone who would listen. That wait will come to an end soon, thanks to an anonymous donor.

Read more:

‘Wow, another one!’ Team Performs Six Transplants in Six Days

Mayo Clinic’s cardiothoracic team in Rochester was happy to take on the challenge of an unusually busy week last month, performing six transplants in six days.

Read more:

Special Delivery: Florida EMT Helps Transport New Heart for Uncle

Teddy Ross, an emergency medical technician, had just driven a heart by ambulance to Mayo Clinic when he realized that the heart was for his uncle, who was there awaiting a transplant.

Read more:

In the Loop is an email newsletter and blog that gives a unique perspective on what’s happening around Mayo Clinic and beyond. You can subscribe to this email newsletter or contact “In the Loop” by sending an email to

Interested in sharing your story? Have another lifesaving transplant story you think we should know about? Share it with us below!


Aug 6, 2019 · New Transplant Blog Posts in Transplants

Today's blog post is an overview of the latest Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) data that was released in July. SRTR is a key resource for transplant patients and their caregivers when making important decisions. Check out our blog post to learn more!

Jul 9, 2019 · New Transplant Blog Posts in Transplants

Happy Tuesday!

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the 4th of July holiday. Today, on the transplant blog we are sharing the #MayoClinicRadio podcast and highlighting specific transplant interviews! Read and listen here:

Make today great!

Jul 1, 2019 · #MayoClinicRadio in Transplant

Have you heard? Mayo Clinic has a radio show and the podcasts are available for you to stream anywhere. With thousands of experts from Mayo Clinic campuses in Minnesota, Florida, Arizona and the Mayo Clinic Health System, “Mayo Clinic Radio” reaches listeners with an easy-to-understand, friendly approach. High interest topics include the latest news as well as information about exercise, nutrition, prevention and heart health.

Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon Tom Shives, M.D., has hosted the hour-long program for more than 25 years. He and co-host Tracy McCray, a 26-year radio veteran, educate and enlighten audiences every week.


We’ve included some recent Mayo Clinic Radio podcasts that discuss transplant topics below.

National donate Life Month – Organ Donation

  • Each April, National Donate Life Month is celebrated to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Charles Rosen, director of the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, discusses the importance of organ donation and what’s being done to improve the number of organ donors. Also on the podcast, two Mayo Clinic transplant patient stories are featured. First, Chad Corey and his donor, Chris Douglas, explain what it’s like to wait for — and find — a living kidney donor. And Julianne Vasichek shares her story, four years after her liver transplant.

Dr. Andrew Bentall on sensitized transplant patients (21:09)

 Paired kidney donation program at Mayo Clinic

  • On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Carrie Schinstock, a Mayo Clinic nephrologist, and Kay Kosberg, a Mayo Clinic nurse who coordinates the paired kidney donation program across Mayo Clinic’s Arizona, Florida and Rochester campuses, discuss the paired kidney donation program at Mayo Clinic. Also on the podcast, Dr. Amir Khan, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, explains what causes eye floaters. And Dr. Pashtoon Kasi, a Mayo Clinic medical oncologist, explains changes in colorectal cancer screening guidelines to prevent the disease in younger adults.

Mollie Luhman, a living kidney donor

  • On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Mollie Luhman, a living kidney donor, and Dr. Mark Stegall, a surgeon at Mayo Clinic who helped perform the transplant, share their story. Also on the podcast, Dr. Michael Zaccariello, a psychologist at Mayo Clinic, explains why attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the rise. And Dr. Donald Hensrud, a preventive medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic, discusses nutrition do’s and don’ts.

There are many additional Mayo Clinic Radio podcasts available here. Be sure to check them out and comment below on what additional transplant topics you would like to hear on the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast.


Jun 4, 2019 · New Transplant Blog Posts in Transplants

Hi Everyone,

Check out our latest blog post on "The Basics of Living Organ Donation". This is a great resource for those interested in learning more about living organ donation.

Here is the link:

Be well!