abhijit-kshirsagarAbhijit Kshirsagar, MD, MPH, emphasizes the importance of kidney transplants in the editorial Transplant First, Dialysis Last, joined by Melina Kibbe, MD, chair of the department of surgery, and David Gerber, MD, from the division of abdominal transplant surgery.

Published in JAMA Surgery, the editorial recognizes transplants as being cost-effective with the greatest survival advantage, extending life by 7 to 11 years, depending on the cause of kidney failure.

Kshirsagar is the Covington Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of nephrology and hypertension.