Kidney Care and Transplant Services


Instructions for referring a patient to the Kidney Transplant Clinic

Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington Kidney Transplant Program. To most expeditiously evaluate your patient as a candidate for kidney transplantation, we will need the following information and records faxed to UWMC Transplant Services:
  • Patient Demographics (Name, DOB, Contact information)
  • Referring Physician Name and NPI number
  • Patient H&P
  • Cardiac Testing (if available)
  • Recent Labs
  • Patient Insurance information (Insurer, Group #, ID #)
  • For dialysis patients, please include Medicare form 2728 (if avail​​able)​

Download a copy of the Kidney Care referral form​

Once we receive this information, our Patient Intake Coordinator will contact your patient. After we register your patient, you will be notified that the pre-transplant process has begun.

Please feel free to call if you have any questions about the status of your patient’s referral.

Phone:  206.598.3882​
Fax: 206.598.7176
Address: 1959 NE Pacific Street
Box 356174, Room EE404
Seattle, WA 98195-6174

The Value of Living Kidney Donations

As a referring provider, it is important to discuss living kidney donation with your patients who are considering transplantation. There are several advantages of kidney transplants from living donors compared to transplants from deceased donors.


 These include:

  • Increased Survival Rate: Kidney transplant non-adjusted survival rates increase 15.9% over 10 years when a patient receives a kidney transplant from a living donor. These rates are even better for patients who receive a transplant prior to starting dialysis.
  • Less Wait Time and Better Preparedness: Kidney transplant patients can wait on the transplant waiting list for years. Having a living donor kidney transplant instead allows the patient to receive the transplant in a timely manner. There is also the benefit of scheduling the procedure, which allows the patient to be better prepared for the operation both physically and mentally.
  • Improved Kidney Functionality: A kidney from a living donor is expected to function after surgery. If the donor kidney has a delayed function, temporary dialysis may be necessary.
To qualify as a living donor, a person must be in good general health and free from diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. The potential donor must undergo a complete medical evaluation to be approved to donate. More information about the UWMC Living Kidney Donor Program can be found on the Living Kidney Donor Web site.