Transplant patients take medicines after the transplantation to prevent the immune system from attacking their new organs. These medicines are essential for health after transplantation. However, these medicines also reduce your body’s ability to defend itself against illness caused by infection from bacteria, viruses or fungi.
The Infectious Disease Transplant Program at Massachusetts General Hospital provides:
Consultation for infectious disease management and prevention in transplant recipients and donors
Pre- and post-transplant vaccination and individually designed strategies for preventing infections
Travel advice in advance of or following travel by our patients
The integrated, multidisciplinary approach in the Infectious Disease Transplant Program involves all aspects of clinical care, basic, clinical and translational research, and education devoted to patients with an increased risk for infections.
Each member of the infectious disease team is committed to ensuring the best possible care for each patient with a compromised immune system as a result of organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplants.
The staff members of the Infectious Disease Transplant Program are all members of the Infectious Disease Division of Mass General.
The Mass General Infectious Disease Transplant team guides patients through every stage of care with a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, case managers, financial coordinators and other clinicians to help navigate the transplant process.