Extending lives in Atlantic Canada

The Department of Urology is proud to be a part of the QEII’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP). Our centre provides kidney transplantation surgery and long-term transplant care for all Atlantic Canadian provinces including Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Our program serves a catchment of 2.3 million people creating a busy transplant centre. We perform 80-100 kidney transplants annually and are honoured to be the first region in North America to implement ‘presumed consent’ for organ donation. We hope this will foster discussion and promotion of the importance of organ donation within our community.

  Dr. Joseph Lawen has been an integral member of the transplant team for over 30 years. He is the past Surgical Director of the Kidney Transplant Program in Halifax and maintains an active role in both living and deceased kidney donation as well as minimally invasive renal surgery.

Dr. Thomas Skinner joined the Department of Urology in July 2019. He is also trained in minimally invasive living kidney donation and all aspects of kidney transplantation surgery. In addition, he performs peritoneal dialysis access surgery for those in need of dialysis. His research interests involve surgical innovation and invention aimed at improving organ storage and transportation and optimizing transplant outcomes.

We currently have an AST accredited kidney transplant fellowship with exposure to all surgical and medical aspects of kidney transplantation. Medical students and residents interested in transplantation are encouraged to contact us about elective opportunities.