The University of South Alabama College of Medicine has announced the appointment of Dr. Mario Magnone as the director of transplant nephrology for the USA Gulf Coast Regional Transplant Center located at the USA Medical Center.
Prior to his appointment at the USA Health System, Magnone was the director of the Transplantation Nephrology Service at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Palermo, Italy. From 1996 to 1998, he served as assistant medical director in the division of nephrology and kidney transplantation at the University of Lusanne Medical Center in Lusanne, Switzerland.
As an accomplished academic physician, Magnone has distinguished himself in the area of medical education, basic and clinical research, as well as authoring numerous medical publications.
The Mobile region experiences some of the nation's highest rates of diabetes and high blood pressure - the top two risk factors leading to kidney transplants due to renal failure. More than 5,000 Alabamians undergo regular dialysis treatments, which are required for survival absent a transplant from a living or recently deceased donor. When medically possible, transplantation offers individuals with kidney failure the best option to resume full and productive lives. While transplant surgery often frees patients from the confines of regular dialysis, the complicated process generally requires a life-long commitment to follow-up care with the transplant team.
The USA Gulf Coast Regional Transplant Center, located at USA Medical Center, was established in the late 1990's and has successfully transplanted kidneys in more than 93 patients. USA's transplant center was created to give area patients a more cost-effective and less stressful option by providing care close to home and family.
Magnone is now accepting new patients, referrals and professional consultations. His office is located at the USA Gulf Coast Regional Transplant Center. For more information, call 251-471-7391.