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Stony Brook University Hospital Performs Kidney Swap: Press Conference, Friday May 10 at Noon

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Stony Brook Medicine Media Contact: Kali Chan, Email:, Cell Phone: 631 487-4092

Stony Brook University Hospital Performs Kidney Swap 

Doctors discuss four life-changing surgeries in one day;

Mets Icon Ed Kranepool Kidney Chain Explained


  • Kidney Transplant recipients and their donors reuniting
  • Dr. Frank S. Darras, Medical Director of Transplantation Services
  • Dr. Wayne Waltzer, Director of Kidney Transplantation Program


Stony Brook doctors will provide an update to the procedure of the 1969 World Champion Miracle Mets player Ed Kranepool and explain how the good will of an altruistic donor helped get a kidney to a stranger and how a healthy anonymous donor ended Kranepool’s two-year search for a kidney match.

Family, friends, doctors, nurses and other staff will gather and recognize the work of the Transplantation Services team and those who have made the decision to help someone by giving the gift of life. Patients will thank everyone for their support.

Stony Brook Medicine has the longest active kidney transplant program on Long Island, and the aim is to pave the smoothest path possible — for recipients, donors and loved ones, too. Stony Brook Medicine doctors work very diligently to assess every potential living and deceased donor, leading the program to have the highest transplant rate in the downstate New York area and among the top 20 percent of programs nationally by patient volume. About 30 percent of the transplanted kidneys come from living donors. Since 1981, the total number of adult and pediatric kidney transplants completed at Stony Brook is 1,952.

New York ranks 50th out of 50 states in percentage of residents registered as organ donors. Because the wait time for a kidney from a deceased donor averages 2-7 years, living donation is an increasingly important option.

To learn more about Kidney Transplantation Services at Stony Brook Medicine and how to become an organ donor, visit or call the main office at (631) 444-2209.


Friday, May 10, at 12:00 PM


Stony Brook University Hospital, 101 Nicolls Road, Lobby Conference Rooms 1 and 2, Stony Brook, NY 11794


LIE to Exit 62. North on Nicolls Road. Cross Nesconset Highway (Route 347). Follow Hospital signs; turn right onto Health Sciences Drive. Continue to second light and turn left onto hospital campus. TV trucks may park on the south curb across from the hospital entrance. All others should park in hospital garage.



Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) is Long Island’s premier academic medical center. With 603 beds, SBUH serves as the region’s only tertiary care center and Regional Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, Stony Brook University Cancer Center, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute. SBUH also encompasses Suffolk County’s only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, state-designated AIDS Center, state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, state-designated Burn Center, the Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, and Kidney Transplant Center. It is home of the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. To learn more, visit

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