Dianne LaPointe Rudow, DNP
Newly appointed director of The Center for Living Donation, Dr. LaPointe Rudrow discusses the Center's mission.
Living donors–healthy people who voluntarily donate an organ to save the life of a gravely ill loved one–are the heroes of organ donation, and require special care to ensure their continued health. Recently, The Mount Sinai Medical Center opened the first multiorgan living donor program in the country to specifically address their needs–The Center for Living Donation at the Recanti/Miller Transplantation Institute.
Dianne LaPointe Rudow, DNP, a leading advocate for living donors, is the center’s newly appointed director. “When I first began working with living organ donors,” says Dr. LaPointe Rudow, “I recognized the need to design programs that address all aspects of the donor experience. With the Center for Living Donation, which focuses on comprehensive care and wellness, we are taking living donor care10 steps forward.” Mount Sinai has long been a leader in organ transplantation, with one of the country’s oldest and largest transplant programs.
With the establishment of the Center, Mount Sinai is committed to advancing living donor research and patient care, and educating transplant patients, family members, and the public about living donation. Under Dr. LaPointe Rudow’s leadership, the Center’s multidisciplinary staff provides donors with comprehensive care, from initial evaluation and inpatient care to post-operative health maintenance, and health promotion. Ultimately, the goal is to create a positive, healing experience for donors and offer psychological and nutritional counseling, physical therapy, yoga, massage, educational resources, support groups, and seminars.
Dr. LaPointe Rudow and Sander Florman, MD, Director of the Recanti/Miller Transplantation Institute, believe the Center will help increase living organ donations to meet the overwhelming need in the New York City area. “Living donation is important to recipients. They have better outcomes with live donor organs,” says Dr. LaPointe Rudow. “I think patients will feel more comfortable allowing family members to donate when they know they can receive personalized care at a center focused on wellness.” According to Dr. Florman, there are more than 105,000 people around the nation currently waiting for the estimated 7,000 organs that are expected to be donated from the deceased this year.
Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. LaPointe Rudow served as Director of Clinical Operations and Clinical Director of the Living Donor Liver Transplantation program at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She has helped develop national and New York state standards for donor care and serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Transplantation.