Kidney Care and Transplant Services

​Living Kidney Donor (LKD) Program

If you or a loved one have end-stage renal disease, the UW Medicine Kidney Care and Transplant Program offers comprehensive and compassionate care with a special emphasis on living donor kidney transplantation. If you are interested in donating a kidney please take the Potential Living Kidney Donor Screening and our Independent Donor Advocate will follow up with you.

National studies show that outcomes are significantly better for patients who receive living kidney donations.

UW Medicine’s transplant team is experienced at planning and performing sophisticated living-donor transplants. Each of our nephrologists and surgeons has more than 10 years’ experience in living donation.

Expert care for living kidney donors and living kidney transplant recipients


The gift of a kidney can save a life. And with living kidney donation, patients can receive transplants faster and move on with the rest of their lives.

To maximize the possibility that our patients will get a living donor kidney transplant, we are active members of the largest national living donor exchange program, the National Kidney Registry. More than 20 institutions across the country participate in this kidney sharing network.

And at UWMC, special care is given to our kidney donors whom we admire for their generosity. All those who wish to give a kidney to another are carefully and respectfully evaluated by our team to make sure that it is safe for them to donate. 

Why do patients come to UW Medicine Kidney Care for Living Kidney Transplantation?


Better outcomes: According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), the 3-year UW Medicine adult kidney-transplant survival rates significantly exceeded comparable rates of patients nationally [96.8% ​​UW versus 91.6% (national average) 6/30/2013].

  • Our nephrologists’ extensive experience caring for post-transplant patients contributes to these excellent outcomes.
  • UWMC is the only transplant center in the region with a specialized transplant infectious disease team.
  • Our patients with a history of cancer are seen by UW providers at the renowned Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

National Honors: Our transplant center was awarded an award in 2012 for outstanding clinical outcomes by HRSA (Health Resources Service Administration in both kidney and liver transplantation (the only center in the country receiving this award for both transplant programs).
 
Volume of experience: UW Medicine’s transplant team is highly experienced at planning and performing living-donor kidney transplants — more than 150 from 2009 to 2013.

Shorter waits: There is a shorter waiting time for living donor kidney transplantation. However, our patients being evaluated for living donor kidney transplantation are also placed on our transplant waiting list to provide additional options.

  • Among our kidney-transplant candidates, half had received a donor organ 34 months after being placed on the wait list versus the nationwide average of 54 months (SRTR 12/31/2012).
One-stop patient care: Throughout the pre- and post-transplant process, our patients often see specialists from other disciplines, such as radiology, oncology, cardiology, vascular and infectious disease. All are experienced in treating kidney dysfunction and all are here at UWMC.

  • And if necessary, we can also transplant other organs — the pancreas, liver or heart — at the same time we perform your kidney transplant.

Contact Information


Interested in finding out more about our services? Contact us and let us know how we can help.

University of Washington Medical Center
Kidney Care & Transplant Program
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195

Phone: 206.598.3627
Fax: 206.598.2201
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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