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Houston’s VA hospital performs simultaneous heart and kidney transplant

We discuss that and other developments at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center with its chief of staff.


Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center


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Earlier this summer, the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center performed its first-ever simultaneous heart and kidney transplant. It was also the third heart transplant performed at Houston’s VA Med Center, the full-service hospital that provides medical care for U.S. veterans.

Dr. Mark Kobelja is the chief of staff with the Houston VA. In the audio above, we talk with him about the hospital dipping its toes into certain transplantation procedures, the need for organ donations, and other priorities at the medical center.

Troy Schulze

Troy Schulze

Producer, Houston Matters

Troy Schulze is a producer for Houston Matters. He also produces the podcast Party Politics and the digital video series Skyline Sessions. Schulze has been working as a writer and producer in digital media for over 20 years. He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the TV...

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