Kidney Care and Transplant Services

​​​​​​Kidney Transplant Program

The UW Medicine Kidney Transplant Program provides comprehensive and compassionate care for people with end-stage renal disease.

Volume of experience

In the most recent span for which data is available (1.1.16-12.31.16), our surgeons performed 136 kidney transplants – above the range (23-90 procedures) performed at “typical” U.S. kidney-transplant programs in that span, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR)​. Volume builds expertise.

Managing patients’ health

Among those awaiting kidney transplantation, the percentage of UW Medicine patients alive at one-, 12-, and 36-month intervals exceeded the comparable percentages of patients nationally, according to the SRTR’s most recent data (4.30.17).

Superior outcomes​

Our kidney transplant patients’ three year graft survival rate, 95.3 percent, exceeded that measure of patients nationally, 85.6 percent in the SRTR’s most recent data. Consistent superior outcomes, multidisciplinary care and high standards of practice reflect this result.

UW Medicine’s transplant team is also experienced at planning and performing sophisticated living-donor transplants; we’ve done more than 700 living donor nephrectomies.​

But it’s not just about the day of your surgery. 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.

Did you know?

Patients transplanted at UW Medicine programs have ample opportunities to participate in multiple research trials aimed at better understanding of disease and refinement of treatments. Learn more

The Kidney Transplant team at the University of Washington Medical Center has been invited by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), to participate as a best practice model to pilot a new framework for monitoring transplant program performance.


The goal of the project, called COIIN (Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network), will be to foster a collaborative approach towards performance improvement and best practices among kidney transplant programs. The UWMC Kidney Transplant team was one of only 15 national centers invited to participate by UNOS. The UWMC program was identified as having recent high performance in one-year post-transplant adult kidney graft outcomes as well as high kidney acceptance rates relative to other programs in the US.