From left, lung transplant patient Dennis Deer, 50, is shown with pulmonologist Dr. Catherine Myers of Northwestern Medicine. Nurse practitioner Jennifer Wright is shown with lung transplant patient Yahaira Vega, 27. (Erin Valle / Northwestern Medicine)

All of the organs in  Dennis Deer’s chest and abdomen — including his lungs — were flip-flopped in his body, with organs that should be on the right existing on the left and vice versa.

Dr. Aleksandra Gmurczyk, nephrologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and kidney donor. (Northwestern Medicine Organ Transplant Center)

Dr. Aleksandra Gmurczyk helped take two people off the waitlist when she donated her own kidney to a woman she had never met and launched a kidney-paired donation.

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The 2018 Leapfrog Top Hospital award recognizes 118 hospitals across the nation, including four in Chicago. Find out which ones made this year’s list.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is ranked as one of the top hospitals in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s annual ratings of hospitals. (Credit: Northwestern Medicine)

Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago rank among the top hospitals in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of hospitals.

The waiting list of patients seeking an organ transplant has reached almost 125,000 people, but the amount of willing donors is far behind that number. We discuss the past, present and future of organ transplantation. Read the personal story of a nurse-turned-organ donor.

Berkeley-based artist and former Chicago reporter Diane Abt shares her calligraphy-inspired artwork that will be featured in the 12th Annual Art in Motion fundraiser at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to raise money for the rehabilitation center. Read an interview and view a slideshow.