Chair's Corner

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Transplant Graphic 2New Series: Understanding Organ Transplant

Every day people of all ages and backgrounds become recipients and donors of a kidney, liver, lung or heart transplant. Organ transplantation is the process of surgically transferring a donated organ to someone diagnosed with organ failure. Organ donation is a special gift of life that can have a lasting impact on many lives. UNC experts explain transplant evaluation, candidacy for transplant, the waiting list, donated organs and preparation for surgery and recovery, answering many common questions in "Understanding Organ Transplant," our new Chair's Corner podcast series.

The Chair's Corner is an educational podcast hosted by Dr. Ron Falk, Department of Medicine Chair at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. We hope you'll join Dr. Falk, a caring physician, world-renowned researcher and mentor of young physicians and scientists. He's passionate about helping patients and their caregivers have access to information that's empowering and vital to managing their health conditions. 

Episodes provide information to help patients understand and manage their health, presented by UNC physicians. We welcome your feedback. 

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Newest Episode - November 22, 2017: Lung Transplant Patient - with Andy Nelson

Dr. Ron Falk welcomes Andy Nelson, a person who has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and received a double lung transplant. He shares his story here about having idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, his journey to getting new lungs, and his recovery since the transplant.


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Patient Support

Hear From a Patient

  • Alpha-Gal Allergy Patient StoryJoAnne, a patient with alpha-gal allergy, joins Dr. Ron Falk and Dr. Scott Commins to talk about her experience with getting diagnosed with alpha-gal allergy. JoAnne recounts her first allergic reaction to meat, and provides some tips to others for coping and eating with this allergy.  
  • "Celeste Lee on the Power of Patient Engagement" - Dr. Falk interviews Celeste Lee in this special episode on patient engagement. Celeste is described by Dr. Falk as an "astonishing leader and ferocious advocate for patient engagement," and discusses the process of getting patients to become advocates for their health. 
  • David Cole's StoryDavid Cole shares his story in this new podcast on how he went from a very healthy athlete, to a person diagnosed with kidney disease. And then, how his life changed after having a kidney transplant. 
  • Having an Autoimmune Condition...Without Having a Clear Diagnosis - Dr. Falk interviews a patient who tells her experience of developing autoimmune disease symptoms. This patient describes what it's like to deal with symptoms that fit the description of an autoimmune disease process but is unable to receive a clear-cut diagnosis for what is happening. 
  • Kidney Transplant Patient Story - with Kevin Howell - Dr. Ron Falk welcomes Kevin Howell, who is a kidney transplant recipient. Kevin shares his story about getting sick and the challenges he had accepting reality. He talks about being on dialysis while working full-time, finding an unexpected kidney donor, and his recovery to health.
  • Lung Transplant Patient Story - with Andy Nelson - Dr. Ron Falk welcomes Andy Nelson, a person who has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and who received a double lung transplant. He shares his story here about having idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, his journey to getting new lungs, and his recovery since the transplant.

Interviews with UNC Division Chiefs

  • Dr. John Buse  - Diabetes research and care
  • Dr. Lisa Carey -  Breast cancer research and care at UNC
  • Dr. Shannon Carson - Pulmonary and Critical Care at UNC
  • Dr. Mike Cohen - A discussion on the Zika virus (published Feb 2016)
  • Dr. Joanne Jordan - Osteoarthritis care and current studies in osteoarthritis
  • Dr. Nicholas Shaheen - Gastroenterology & Hepatology; covering topics like heartburn, screenings for colorectal cancer, and some of the exciting things happening in this division and in the field.