Faces of Transplant: Kendall Ciesemier


Kendall Ciesemier


What is your connection to transplant?

I had two liver transplants when I was 11-years-old. The first was a living transplant from my dad and the second was from a deceased donor only six weeks later.


Why did you choose to have your care at Columbia?

My post-transplant care has been at Columbia. I had a life-changing surgery with Dr. Jean Emond the summer after I graduated college to fix a surgical complication from my second transplant that I had been living with for 11 years. Dr. Emond was the only surgeon I had met who thought he could fix my problem surgically, without another transplant. He was successful and I’ve had my care at Columbia since.


How many years are you post-transplant?

I am 13 years post-transplant.


What is your quality of life like now?

Thanks to the surgery I had with Dr. Emond two years ago, I am arguably the healthiest I’ve ever been. Barring a few things all post-transplant patients have to deal with, I am living my life like a normal person.


Tell us about your relationship with your transplant team.

I love love love my transplant team at Columbia. Dr. Fox is super cool and I basically just want her to be my friend. Dr Emond is a constant source of support as well. He’s very different than any other surgeon I’ve had. He even has agreed to be the subject of a documentary project I did in film school. I’ve been consistently impressed by the team at Columbia, especially during my time having surgery two years ago. 


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