Kidney Care and Transplant Services

​Transplant Team

At UW Medicine, our multidisciplinary team ensures you get the best care possible during your kidney transplant process.

Here are some of the people you’ll meet with:
  • The Transplant Nephrologist meets with you to determine if you are a good medical candidate for transplant. The nephrologist will review your medical history, ask many questions about how you are doing and what infections you might have been exposed to, as well as check on how your heart and blood vessels are doing.
  • A Transplant Surgeon meets with you to discuss whether a transplant is an option for you, based on the results of your evaluation. The surgeon will also discuss the significance of having the surgery, the transplant procedure itself, the risks of the surgery and the possible complications after your transplant and during your recovery.
  • A Transplant Coordinator provides education about the transplant evaluation process, the transplant waiting list and your responsibilities both before and after transplant. The coordinator is your advocate throughout the transplant process and will answer any questions you may have.
  • A Transplant Pharmacist will teach you about the medicines you will be taking after your transplant. While you are in the hospital, transplant pharmacists will meet with your Transplant Team and help monitor your drug therapy. When you are ready to leave the hospital, they will teach you about your medicines.
  • A Social Worker meets with you to evaluate your ability to cope with the stress of having a transplant and to follow the complex treatment plan, both before and after surgery. The social worker also helps to identify your support network.
  • A Financial Counselor will talk to you about the costs associated with both your transplant and the medications you will require after transplant. The counselor will also help you understand your insurance coverage and the costs that may not be covered by insurance.
  • A Psychiatrist/Psychologist may conduct a more in-depth psychiatric evaluation and assessment. Some patients with a history of drug or alcohol abuse may be required to participate in a rehabilitation program and/or to abstain from substance use prior to and after transplant listing.
  • A Dietitian will assess your diet and provide education about nutrition .

You may also be referred to another service for consultation. For example, many patients need to be seen by a hepatologist (liver doctor), pulmonologist (lung doctor), urologist (bladder doctor) or a cardiologist (heart doctor) to check for other medical conditions.