Kidney Solutions

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Episode 98: Brian Runge – Chief Living Donor Transplant Coordinator

Kent talks with Brian K. Runge, RN, BSN, CCTC. Brian is the Chief Living Donor Transplant Coordinator for New-York Presbyterian Columbia Irving Medical Center.

Brian was born in Chicago and at the age of 6 moved with his family onto a sailboat and circumnavigated the globe from the age of 6 to 13. During that time, Brian was homeschooled. Once back in the United States he went through high school and college. He received his BSN at the University of Florida. Brian started his nursing career as a Level 1 Trauma ICU Nurse at Shands Hospital and just so happened to take care of fresh post-op liver, kidney and pancreas transplant patients among many other types of patients. Little did he know his career path was leading him to transplant. Brian moved to New York in late 2006 as a travel nurse and took some assignments at NYP Cornell and Columbia ICU’s.  He has been working in Transplant with NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia Irving Medical Center for the last 13 and a half years.  Brian started as a Recipient Transplant Coordinator until he was promoted to the chief position of the donor team in late 2018. He has been doing that ever since. 

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Host: Kent Bressler
Producer: Jason Nunez

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