Transplant Psychiatry Program
The Transplant Psychiatry Program in the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center is an important part of the comprehensive and life-long care provided to transplant patients and donors.
About This Program The Mass General Transplant Center’s multidisciplinary approach to organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation includes psychiatrists who specialize in working with transplant patients and donors.
Transplant patients can sometimes find the adjustment to their new posttransplantation life more difficult than they had anticipated. Physical and emotional changes from immunosuppression, concerns about the donor of the organ and fears about organ rejection or the recuperation process can cause anxiety in some patients and can interfere with a patient’s quality of life.
The psychiatrists in the Transplant Psychiatry Program have significant experience and are leaders in the field of transplantation psychiatry.
Our team of psychiatrists provides:
- Screening for patients and living donors prior to transplantation
- Support and counseling before and after the transplant
- Diagnosis and treatment of mood, anxiety and addiction issues
- Education about stress reduction and enhancing quality of life during and after the transplant
Transplant psychiatrists provide essential contributions to the transplant teams and to the patients and families they serve.
Conditions and Diseases
The care team at the Transplant Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about conditions and diseases related to transplantation. The links below provide more information about conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. CF causes the body to produce thick, sticky mucus that leads to progressive lung infection and difficulty gaining weight.
Renal failure refers to temporary or permanent damage to the kidneys that results in loss of normal kidney function.
Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body's other organs.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious and sometimes serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus.
Hepatitis B is a blood-borne microorganism transmitted by exposure to the hepatitis B virus through infectious body fluids.
Hepatitis C (once called non-A, non-B hepatitis) is a liver disease caused by a recently identified blood-borne virus.
Emphysema is a chronic lung condition in which alveoli, or air sacs, may be destroyed, narrowed, collapsed, stretched or over-inflated.
Sarcoidosis is a rare disease that results from inflammation.
Type 1 diabetes may also be known by a variety of other names, including the following: insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), juvenile diabetes, brittle diabetes, and sugar diabetes.
Support and Wellness
Mass General is dedicated to ensuring that people understand their health care choices and have the necessary information to make decisions affecting their health and well being. The related support and wellness information listed below can play a role in treatment options.
Read the Transplant Center's award-winning patient education guide, Transplantation: What Do I Need to Know?
The following related clinical trials and research studies are currently seeking participants at Massachusetts General Hospital. Search for clinical trials and studies in another area of interest.
Cystic Fibrosis: VX09-809-102: A Phase 2, Multicenter, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multiple-Dose Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability, Efficacy, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacodynamics of Lumacaftor Monotherapy, and Lumacaftor and Ivacaftor Combination Therapy in Subjects with Cystic Fibrosis, Homozygous or Heterozygous for the F508del-CFTR Mutation [Cohort 4]
The Transplant Center celebrated Donate Life Month by raising public awareness about the importance of organ donation and also extending thanks to the many organ donors and families who have given the generous gift of life to others.
Clinicians at the Transplant Center received a National Health Information Award for developing an outstanding patient education book and streamlining the patient evaluation process.
The Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Transplant Center a Medal of Honor for its outstanding achievements in organ donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more eligible donors.
Transplant Psychiatry Program55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
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