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Kidney Transplant Program Featured in Award-Winning Documentary

Stony Brook’s Department of Kidney Transplant recently participated in a real-life documentary to help shed light on living kidney donation. The documentary, titled  “Bean,” can be viewed on the FUSE network.

This documentary is based on a young woman with Lupus who was on the kidney transplant wait list. It takes you through the struggles with her illness to finding a living kidney donor to the transplant workup process, the transplant surgery and living donor surgery itself, to finally the outcome of the transplant and how it has restored her quality of life. It features our very own Dr. Wayne Waltzer, Dr. Frank Darras, the Kidney Transplant Team and other staff members throughout Stony Brook University Hospital as they take part in this journey.

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Dr. Frank Darras and Dr. Wayne Waltzer
Alana and Lori

The documentary has been showing at various film festivals throughout the country and has won multiple awards:

Hamptons Take 2 Film Festival, Sag Harbor, NY (December 2017)

Big Apple FilmFestival, New York, NY (November 2017)​

  • "Best Feature Documentary” winner

High Falls Film Festival, Rochester, NY (November 2017)​​

​​Woodstock Film Festival, Woodstock, NY (October 2017)​​

First Glance Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA​ (October 2017)​​​

  • “Best of the Fest” and “Best Documentary” winner
  • “Best Feature Length Director” nominee

Out Here Now Film Festival, Kansas City, MO (June 2017)​​​

AmDocs Film Festival, Palm Springs, CA - World Premiere (April 2017)​​​

  • “Best of the Fest” official selection​​​

 Stony Brook’s Kidney Transplant Department continues to be competitive with other transplant programs across the country, performing 75-80 transplants per year with a success rate over 94 percent. We provide the latest advances in kidney transplantation, whether living or deceased donor transplants.

 For more information, please contact our Kidney Transplant Department at (631)444-2209.