Kidney & Pancreas Transplant
Advancing the speed and care of transplants for both recipients and living donors
Transplants you can trust, with survival rates to prove it.
Improving Your Odds
We offer an innovative living kidney donor exchange as well as a deceased donor utilization program to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Shorter Wait Times
With excellent results and the shortest wait times in the state, our patient satisfaction rates are among the highest in the Northwest.
We were awarded five stars by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, and our patients have survival rates that exceed national averages.
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Research leads to the development of new, more effective surgical and transplantation techniques. Our transplantation experts are actively involved in clinical trials, so they can employ the latest medical advancements into their patients’ care. And eligible patients can participate in a clinical trial helping to pioneer and benefit from new promising treatments.
When a kidney fails, treatment is needed to replace the diseased kidney with one that works. There are two types of treatment for kidney failure — dialysis or transplantation. Many people prefer kidney transplantation as a long-term treatment because it offers more freedom and a better quality of life than dialysis.
If you or a loved one has end-stage renal disease, our Kidney Care and Transplant Program offers living-donor kidney transplantation. Our transplant center is equipped with state-of-the-art transplant technology and staffed by a kidney care team experienced at performing living-donor transplants.
Potential living donors
Review our donor checklist for an overview of what the transplant workup process involves and explore the living kidney donation overview. If you wish to be considered for living kidney donation, please complete the potential living kidney donor screening
Interested candidates must meet certain requirements and undergo a full medical evaluation.
What is Paired Kidney Donation?
When potential kidney donors cannot donate to their intended recipients because of a mismatched blood type or tissue incompatibility, they can participant in a donor exchange program and donate to another person. This option allows the intended recipient to receive a kidney from another donor.
- United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS): Data such as the number of people on waiting lists and the number of transplants performed per year.
- Transplant Living: Information about the organ donation experience from UNOS.
- Transweb.org: University of Michigan information on organ donation and transplantation.
- National Kidney Registry: Living donors who are incompatible with their intended recipient can be placed on a national registry to find a compatible recipient, which will help their intended recipient also receive a transplant.
- OrganDonor.gov: U.S. Government information on organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
- National Living Donor Assistance Center: Financial assistance for those who want to donate.
- Living Donors Online: A resource from the International Association of Living Organ Donors, Inc.; option to talk with a living donor who has already gone through the donation process.
- American Society of Transplant Surgeons: Educational videos discussing the risks and benefits of living donation.
- University of Maryland Kidney Transplant: Information about kidney donation and transplantation from the University of Maryland.
Patients with type 1 diabetes — an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops producing the hormone insulin — may qualify for a pancreas transplant as well as a kidney transplant, if it's determined that it's needed. A successful pancreas transplant can allow the patient to control blood sugar without needing to use insulin because the new pancreas will create it for them. Patients no longer have problems with very low blood sugars (hypoglycemia), or diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) or coma from very high sugars (hyperglycemia), all of which can be life-threatening. Normal blood sugars can prevent or sometimes reverse long-term complications of diabetes.
Patients being considered for a kidney transplant undergo a variety of evaluations to test psychological, social and physical readiness. Blood and other diagnostic tests are performed to identify a donor match and gain a picture of overall health before the procedure.
Ours is the only transplant center in the region with a specialized transplant infectious disease (ID) team. The transplant ID team consists of a group of board-certified ID physicians with expertise in transplant infections. Though close attention and monitoring, our care team works with you to minimize the risk of infection following the transplant procedure. Infection can occur in the new organ or the tissue surrounding it. Your care team will also monitor for any bronchial tube problems following the transplant.
The following forms need to be completed and brought to your scheduled clinic appointment at UWMC:
- Email consent form
- Pre-transplant patient agreement
- Kidney transplant patient acknowledgment
- Substance abuse agreement
- Kidney transplant recipient selection criteria
- Demographic form
- Dental clearance for kidney pre-transplant evaluation
Please print and fax completed forms to 206.598.2201 or mail them to:
UWMC Kidney Transplant Program
1959 NE Pacific St., Box 356174
Seattle, WA 98195
Team Transplant was established at UW Medical Center in 2001 to promote physical activity and organ donation awareness. The team's goal is to train for and complete local walking and running events.