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New Kidney Transplant Center Enhances Patient Experience



Photography by Reed Hutchinson

Friends and family of Connie Frank and her husband Evan Thompson, along with UCLA faculty and guests of the UCLA Kidney Transplant Program, celebrated the dedication of the Connie Frank Kidney Transplant Center at UCLA on January 24, 2015. The event marked the fulfillment of Ms. Frank’s vision to create a transformative, new healing facility that will improve the clinical experience for UCLA kidney-transplant patients. Housed in the Peter Morton Medical Building in UCLA Medical Plaza, the new transplant center is three times larger than the former clinic. The redesigned space has 14 exam rooms, four infusion rooms and a dedicated conference room. With the expanded square footage, the center will function as a hub of vital services for patients.

Highlighting the event were a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks by UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block; Dr. David T. Feinberg (RES ’92, FEL ’94), then-president of UCLA Health and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences; Dr. Gabriel Danovitch, medical director of the UCLA Kidney Transplant Program and John J. Kuiper Chair in Nephrology and Renal Transplantation; Dr. H. Albin Gritsch (RES ’91), surgical director of the UCLA Kidney Transplant Program; Dr. Jeffrey Veale (FEL ’06), director of the UCLA Kidney Transplant Exchange Program; and Connie Frank.

The new state-of-the-art facility will significantly enhance UCLA’s Kidney Transplant Program, which is recognized as one of the most successful in the country.

For more information, contact Kathleen Lago at: (310) 206-3079



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