Scripps Clinic Transplantation Surgeon Randolph Schaffer III, MD

>>Randolph Schaffer, MD:
When I finished fellowship and I was looking for
a place to start my career, I wanted a place
that was collegial, that was academically
advanced in terms of
their direction and research
and opportunities for growth
and education, but also was a leader
in clinical practice. And unexpectedly, at the time
that I was searching, I found Scripps Clinic and it fit everything
that I was looking for. I’m fortunate that as
a transplant surgeon, I’m part of
a great team, and that includes
a great team of surgeons. So, in fact Dr. Fisher,
Dr. Marsh and I have been practicing
together as a team for 15 years now. That’s actually a wonderful
part of being part of Scripps is having that
team together. We’ve seen
significant advance over the last
few years in the area of
living donation, and in particular
in something that is called
paired donor exchange or kidney
donor exchange. Historically, if someone
was interested in donating an organ to a
friend or a loved one, but for some reason they were found to not
be compatible, we would have to simply thank
that donor for their effort and move on to
another candidate. Now what we’re able to do
is take donors and recipients who are not compatible
with one another and pair them with another incompatible
donor and recipient pair or in some case multiple
donor and recipient pairings and essentially exchange
one donor for another. I love transplant surgery
and cancer surgery because they are not
only personally technically challenging,
as a surgeon, I like complex
problem solving and complex technical
challenges, but also because,
more for the patient. This is someone who’s facing
an overwhelming challenge. Whether it is the need
for a new organ, or whether it is the
new diagnosis of a cancer, [music begins] to be able to be allowed to be
a part of that moment for someone and to try
to walk them through such a challenging moment, a difficult
time in their lives, to be able to reassure them
that you’ve got them, you’re going to
get them through this and do
everything you can, not just you as an individual, but the team
that is around you, is a very precious
opportunity and that is the thing
that I love the most about this
area of medicine, transplant
and cancer care. [music ends]

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