Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital pauses some kidney, pancreas transplants upon departure of surgeon

New Brunswick, N.J.-based Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital "voluntarily inactivated" its kidney transplant program that uses live donors, effective May 17, in anticipation of the departure of a surgeon, according to NJ.com.

The hospital is actively recruiting for a replacement surgeon. The process could take three to six months, according to the report.

Pancreas transplants will also be suspended beginning July 9 after the departure of the surgeon.

In the meantime, patients on the waiting list for a living kidney or pancreas can switch to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., or choose another facility, according to the report.

RWJ University Hospital will continue to perform kidney transplants from deceased donors, as the hospital can continue to meet requirements for those surgeries without the recently departed surgeon, according to the report. 

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