Delaware Musician First to Undergo Robotic-Assisted Kidney Transplant Surgery


Jun 2, 2023

Delaware Musician First to Undergo Robotic-Assisted Kidney Transplant Surgery

Delaware Musician Leads the Way with First Robotic-Assisted Kidney Transplant Surgery

Alvin Fisher, a musician hailing from Delaware, recently made medical history as the first patient at Penn Medicine to undergo a robotic kidney transplant. This fusion of cutting-edge technology and advanced healthcare has breathed a new lease of life into Fisher and significantly impacted the landscape of kidney transplantation.

Finding a Donor Through Facebook

Unlike many kidney failure patients who face a daunting wait on a transplant list, Fisher took a different approach. Turning to social media, he put out a call for help on Facebook. His strategy was unexpectedly fruitful when a stranger offered her kidney for transplantation just a day later. Deeply touched by her altruism, Fisher recalls, "I broke down in tears. This is my donor."

A Pioneering Procedure: Robotic Kidney Transplant

The remarkable operation performed at Penn Medicine was conducted with robotic assistance. This minimally invasive procedure uses smaller incisions, leading to quicker patient recovery and easier healing. An ardent tech enthusiast, Fisher welcomed the innovative approach with open arms.

Implications for Future Donors

The success of Fisher's robotic kidney transplant offers a beacon of hope not only for patients but also for potential living donors. Robotics, according to Fisher's doctors, make the surgical process and recovery more manageable for donors, who can safely live with one kidney.

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Delaware man is first Penn Medicine patient to receive robotic kidney transplant

About the Author

Rich Foreman brings over 30 years of technology leadership to his role of CEO and Co-Founder of KidneySoft.  As founding CTO, Rich led the team that developed the CordicoShield / CordicoFire Wellness App. Cordico was honored with the Sacramento Innovation Award in 2021. After achieving a 7 digit ARR, Cordico was acquired by Lexipol in 2020. Rich has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington, an MPA from Troy State University and was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Rich co-authored his book, "Tap into the Mobile Economy." Rich's blog was listed in Top 20 Marketing Mobile Blogs of 2014. He has been featured on KCRA3, NEWS10, 1170 Tech AM PowerDrive, Business Radio Money 105.5, SiliconIndia, the Sacramento Business Journal, and the Sacramento Bee. Rich is also the Founding Director of the Sacramento Chapter of Startup Grind and served a term as Utility Commissioner for the City of Folsom. Rich is a regular contributor to and StartupSac. Rich was the Co-founder of Apptology which was named Small Business of the Year in 2014 by the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber. He was also the Founding Chief Technology Officer at Cordico. Cordico was acquired by Lexipol in 2020.  Rich also served 4 years as a Naval Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps.

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