The leader in organ transplantation in the Northwest.
Half of patients who receive a heart at UW Medicine are still alive after 17 years — six years longer than the national average.
UW Medicine surgeons have performed over 2,000 liver transplants, and our patients experience less time on the waitlist than the national average.
As the only lung transplant program in the Northwest, we perform up to 60 transplants per year. Our 3-year survival rates exceed national averages.
Our team has performed the most combined kidney/pancreas transplants in the Northwest, and 95 percent of our kidney recipients have a working kidney after three years.
Our transplant center is one of an elite group of centers nationwide that’s certified to perform hand, face and abdominal wall transplants.
Our Intestinal Care and Transplantation Clinic provides care to restore digestive function, including the only intestinal transplant program available in the Northwest.
Meet the provider: Jorge Reyes, M.D.
Dr. Reyes is UW Medicine’s chief of Transplant Surgery. He specializes in liver and intestinal transplantation in adults and children, and he believes his patients should never give up hope. View full bio.
Some of our common services:
- Patient education
- Referral information
- Transplant evaluation
- Care team navigation
- Multiple-organ transplantation
- Transplant medication management
SUPPORT FOR LIFE
- Patient support resources
- Transplant infection care
- Transplant rejection care
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Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.8446
Anesthesiology Clinical Services at Harborview
325 9th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.520.5000
Anesthesiology Clinical Services at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.520.5000
Center for Interstitial Lung Diseases at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.0440
Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center at UWMC Roosevelt
4245 Roosevelt Way NE, 3rd Floor, Seattle, WA 98105 / 206.598.4882
General Pulmonary Clinic at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.4615
Heart Institute at UW Medical Center
1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.4300
Hepatitis and Liver Clinic at Harborview
410 9th Ave., 7th Floor, Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.520.5000
Hepatology Clinic at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.4973
Infectious Disease & Travel Medicine Clinic at Harborview
325 9th Ave., 2nd Floor, Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.520.5000
Intestinal Care and Transplantation Clinic at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.5090
Kidney Care & Transplantation Services at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.3882
Kidney Clinic at Harborview
410 9th Ave., 7th Floor, Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.744.8998
Liver Transplant Clinic at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98105 / 206.598.4973
Liver Tumor Clinic at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.4477
Lung Transplantation Services at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.5668
Northwest Medical Specialties
Northwest Medical Center - 1560 N 115th -Suite 206, Seattle, WA 98133 / 206.668.1341
Pre-Anesthesia Clinic at Harborview
410 9th Ave. Ground Floor, Maleng Building, Room GMB-21, Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.744.5572
Pre-Anesthesia Clinic at UW Medical Center
1959 NE Pacific St. Surgery Pavilion, 3rd Floor, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.520.5000
Pulmonary Vascular Disease Clinic at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.2521
Transplant Services at UW Medical Center
1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98195 / 877.520.5000
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Heart transplant rejection
Heart transplant rejection
Transplant rejection occurs when the immune system sees the new heart as a foreign object and starts to attack either the heart tissue itself or the body’s arteries. Transplant rejection is common — even in patients who take anti-rejection medication — and can occur months to years after the transplant surgery.
It’s common for rejection to happen without any symptoms. The first symptom might be a heart attack. Other symptoms may include feeling tired or weak, fever or chills, shortness of breath, fast or irregular heartbeat, drop in blood pressure, sudden weight gain, reduced amounts of urine, dizziness or nausea.
Risk factors and causes
One of the most important risk factors is a genetic mismatch between the heart donor and heart recipient. Younger heart recipients are also at greater risk for rejection. Rejection can happen in a normally functioning immune system. Failing to take anti-rejection medicines as prescribed can cause transplant rejection.
Often, a healthcare provider will diagnose acute rejection using a heart biopsy to show signs of rejection before symptoms appear. Finding a rejection early increases the chances it can be treated. Electrocardiograms, echocardiograms and blood tests that check for certain genes tied to rejection may also be used.
Treatment depends on the severity of the rejection, symptoms, current medicines and the type of rejection. Some options for treating acute cellular transplant rejection include increasing the anti-rejection medication dosage, adding medication to suppress the immune system, plasmapheresis or open heart surgery.
In rare cases, heart transplant rejection can cause complications such as failure of the new donor heart, abnormal heart rhythms (some of which can cause sudden death) and heart attack. Your care team will partner closely with you before, during and after your transplant to monitor your progress.