From kidney transplant recipient to Emory medical school graduate

"Before my transplant, I would have never imagined the direction my life could take."

Advancing Your Health | June 16, 2014

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Ken Sutha

Back in 2006, at the age of 24, Ken Sutha received a living donor kidney transplant at Emory. His donor was none other than his own father. By 2010, not only had Sutha made remarkable strides in his overall health, but even more amazing, he had gone from a non-athlete to a world class swimmer. Sutha won three medals – two gold and one silver – at the 2010 National Kidney Foundation (NKF) U.S. Transplant Games. He also has completed in triathlons.

Sutha's success goes well beyond athletics, however. After his transplant, Ken received a four-year academic scholarship from the Georgia Transplant Foundation, which helped support his education through graduate and medical school. After graduating from Emory University School of Medicine in 2013, Sutha moved to Seattle where he has been in training as a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington. In his new life in the Pacific Northwest, he's been caring for many different kinds of kids, including some who are awaiting transplants or who already have had transplant.

"I've been getting involved in transplant and donation awareness organizations out here, but I do miss everyone back at the Georgia Transplant Foundation and the Emory Transplant Center," says Sutha. "Before my transplant, I would have never imagined the direction my life could take. I am so grateful to the transplant community for giving me the opportunity to succeed in many different aspects of my life!"