Doing Good Feels Good: The Journey of an Altruistic Kidney Donor

Annie Hoffnung—a wife, mother, and chief human resources officer at a public relations firm—donated a kidney to a stranger on February 28, 2023. Considered an “altruistic donor,” she belongs to a small group of organ donors who care so much about the welfare of others that they’re willing to take significant time out of their lives and undergo surgery to save the life of someone they don’t know.

A Transplant Patient's Peak Experience

In 1993, newly married and hopeful about his future, Hector Sanchez told his wife, a nurse, about a long-standing problem. Since his teens, he had periodically seen blood in his urine. She urged him to see a specialist, and he followed her advice. Hector will never forget the nephrologist—Dr. Morton Kleiner, formerly at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital—who treated him with compassion and diagnosed his condition: IgA nephropathy.

Congratulations to Weill Cornell Medicine’s Top Black Doctors 2023, Recognized as Among the Best in the Country

For the first time, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.—the research and information company that publishes the annual guidebooks America’s Top Doctors and Top Doctors: New York Metro Area—has recognized the exceptional Black doctors in its network of peer-nominated physicians.

Infographic: Give Life As An Organ Donor

February 14th is National Donor Day. Take the day to learn more about becoming an organ donor.

His Brother's Gift of a Healthy Kidney

At just 29 years old, Kevin Montello’s kidneys began to fail after many years of living with kidney disease. Thankfully, with tremendous support from his family, many of whom were tested to see if they might be a match, he didn’t have to look far for a donor.

Receiving a Kidney Donation From a Dear Friend

The COVID-19 pandemic was not enough to derail a kidney transplant for Kerry Lang, 26. Though her original surgery date for Kerry and her donor and dear friend, Annie was April 9, she didn’t have to wait long for the next opportunity.

Receiving a Kidney Transplant During COVID-19

Despite the COVID-19 placing roadblocks in the path of his kidney transplant, Rahat Bhatti, 33, recalls a positive transplant experience at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine.

How His Aunt's Living Kidney Donation Saved His Life

How does a patient obtain a kidney transplant when he lives in New York, his live donor resides in India, and a pandemic and visa deadlines add complex layers to the transplant process? He takes the recommendations from friends and coworkers to contact the Adult Kidney Transplantation program at Weill Cornell Medicine to learn more about the transplant process.

David Cartwright's Kidney Transplant Journey Through COVID-19

David Cartwright’s eight-year journey to his kidney transplant caused him to require dialysis, the process by which waste, salt and extra water are removed from the body by machine, since the kidneys can no longer perform this function. But this timing landed David in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Welcoming Baby Scarlett During COVID-19

Navigating pregnancy and childbirth for the first time is challenging enough. The backdrop of COVID-19 makes it downright adventurous. Fortunately for Jordan Harman and Annabelle Evans, they’re no strangers to adventure, medical or otherwise.

A Milestone Transplant

Despite the excitement of being a milestone transplant, the 4,000th for our transplant center which occurred in 2012, Nathaniel Zavin had anything but a smooth journey to his transplant.

Overview of Our Kidney Transplant Program

Learn more about our kidney transplantation program and our innovative strategies, which are designed with our patients in mind.

Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

The Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation program at Weill Cornell Medicine celebrated its 50th anniversary.