Despite prevailing pessimism regarding the ability to start a transplant program in Albania, Dr. ErsÃ¶z successfully performed the first ever transplantation case in November 2007, with his surgical team from Turkey. Colloboration with the University of Mother Theresa Nephrology team made the inital efforts much stronger; Prof. Nestor Thereska, Prof. Sulejman Korda, Prof. Arjana Strakosha, Prof. Alma Idrizi and Prof. Myftar Barbullushi became the leaders of transplantation in Albania. Two leading nephrologist Prof. Muller from Vienna Austria and Prof. Seikaly from Texas USA were also with Dr. ErsÃ¶z in those first two cases.
The New American Hospital in Tirana
The lessons learned from the first few cases and reorganisation of the hospital led a new Albanian transplant team directed by Dr. Ersoz to perform 60 kidney transplants at the American Hospital of Tirana.
Three promising young doctors from tirana Dr. Arjan Hodaj, Dr. Fjona Riza, Dr. Arjeta Dedej are the active trainees of the program.
The mission of the American Hospital is to foster a multidisciplinary approach to the continual improvement of the clinical, scientific, and social aspects of kidney transplantation to improve the lives of Albanian patients with end-stage kidney failure.
Tirana American Hospital transplant team has a tradition of caring for some of the most medically compromised patients specific to Albania. Nevertheless, the hospital has maintained patient and graft survival rates that are significantly higher than the world average. The kidney transplant program is under the direction of Prof. Dr. SadÄ±k ErsÃ¶z who trained at the University of Pittsburgh with transplant pioneer Thomas E. Starzl, MD.
2007, Prof. Ersoz with The Health Minister Ndoka and Prime Minister Berisha in
a press conference after the first Kidney transplantation.