Every year, Kevin and his fellow Be The Match immunogenetic specialists work closely with transplant centers to provide guidance on thousands of patient searches. When a patient with a blood cancer or disease seeks a transplant, one of the first steps involved is finding a matching donor. That’s when Kevin steps in.
His department helps transplant centers search the Be the Match Registry® and other cooperative registries around the world – totaling almost 25 million donors worldwide. They also conduct research projects aimed at reducing patient time to transplant.
There are many elements that go into finding the best matched donor for a patient. Kevin and his team apply their immunogenetic expertise in the science of matching.
“Being able to take part in this process, understanding the complexity of the situation and witnessing all the people who put so much effort into helping patients is very fulfilling,” said Kevin. “Most importantly, once we identify that a potential donor is a match, that individual’s commitment is critical.”