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ISHLT Voices features conversations, studies, and member profiles. Explore advanced heart and lung failure, transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and pulmonary vascular disease through the eyes of your community.

Oct 18, 2023

Presented by Natera

In this episode of the ISHLT Voices podcast, Dr. Shri Deshpande, a cardiologist at the National Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC USA, discusses his work on improving the care of pediatric heart transplant patients. 

Dr. Deshpande's research focuses on the use of cell-free DNA in monitoring transplant recipients for rejection. He explains that cell-free DNA, released when cells break down, can be detected in the bloodstream and used as a non-invasive screening tool to assess the health of transplanted organs. 

The discussion covers the external validation of the Prospera™ assay by Natera, which has shown high negative predictive value and specificity, making it a promising tool for reducing the need for invasive biopsies and improving long-term transplant outcomes. Dr. Deshpande also highlights the potential for wider implementation of this technology in standard transplant care and ongoing research to optimize its use.

Headshot of Shri DeshpandeShriprasad Deshpande, MD

Director, Advanced Cardiac Therapies
Director, Heart Transplant Program
National Children’s Hospital
Washington, DC USA


This episode was created for ISHLT Voices and sponsored by Natera.

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The content of this podcast was developed entirely by our industry partner, Natera. It is not an official educational program of the ISHLT, and therefore is not eligible for CME under the ISHLT.