John Friedewald, MD: April 17, 2017


Expert Available To Discuss the Process and Importance of Organ Donation


John Friedewald, MD

Medical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Northwestern Memorial Hospital


People who need an organ transplant are usually very ill or dying because of a failing organ. This can affect people at any age ranging from babies and small children to adults and seniors. Similarly, those needing a tissue transplant can also be of any age. In some cases, tissue can save lives.

To bring attention to this, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the #1 hospital in Illinois wants to encourage your listeners to learn the truth about organ and tissue donation. Most organ donations take place after the donor has died however, some organs can be donated while the donor is still alive. This can be a great alternative to waiting on the ever growing transplant list and can help save lives.

Did You Know Northwestern Memorial Hospital

  • Transplants more than 400 organs each year, making the program among the top nationally in patient outcomes and the number of transplants performed
  • Has performed more than 4,000 kidney transplants since the program’s inception
  • Is one of the largest living donor programs in the United States
  • Has become a premier center for islet cell transplantation for diabetic patients


Dr. John Friedewald, Medical Director of kidney and pancreas transplantation is available for live interviews to help raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. He will also be able to discuss some of the latest research available as well as Northwestern Memorial’s role in advancing treatment.




John Friedewald, MD, is the Medical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Princeton University and his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.  He completed his residency and fellowship training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also serves as a Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and the Comprehensive Transplant Center. Dr. Friedewald is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology, American Society of Transplantation, and the American College of Physicians.

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