PKLI collaborates with Harvard, Stanford Universities researchers

Staff Reporter

Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Center team started collaboration with a group of researchers led by Dr. Alex Chen from Stanford University in Stanford, California, USA, and Dr. Saad Salman from Harvard School of Public Health for initiating paired kidney donation program in Pakistan. The US team will develop a computerized matching module for paired exchange program us-ing multiple medical practices to offer the best match for both the donor and the recipient.PKLI’s President and CEO Dr. Prof. Saeed Akhter headed the hospital team which included Medical Director Dr. Amer Yar Khan and clinical teams from transplant, pathology and ICU departments for these discussions.
Dr. Chen graduated from MIT and Harvard, worked as Vice President at UnitedHealth, and is now headed to Stanford where he intends to complete his doctorate in Health Economics under the supervi-sion of Nobel laureate Al Roth, who is well known for computer mathematical modelling. His research at Stanford focuses on mechanism design in health-care.Paired donation is also known as “paired kidney exchange” or “kidney swap.” This donation takes place when there is incompatibility of living kidney donor with the recipient.

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