Kidney Transplant

 Dr. Michelle Josephson with patient at DCAM.

Supporting You Through the Kidney Transplant Process

The University of Chicago Medicine's kidney transplant program is dedicated to offering the highest level of care. Optum's highly respected transplant network has designated our kidney program with a Center of Excellence (COE) ranking.

Our experts perform both living and deceased donor kidney transplants as well as kidney-pancreas transplants for patients who have Type 1 diabetes and significant kidney disease. We continue to improve transplant medicine through our research, providing patients with access to the newest therapies and treatments.

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The information you provide will enable us to assist you as efficiently as possible. A representative will contact you within one to two business days to help you schedule an appointment. 

You can also make an appointment with our providers by:

Scheduling a virtual video visit to see a provider from the comfort of your home

Requesting an online second opinion from our specialists 

To speak to someone directly, please call 1-888-824-0200. If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.


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Kidney Transplant Care

What Leads to a Kidney Transplant?

End-stage chronic kidney disease (also known as ESRD or kidney failure) leads to the loss of kidney function and is the main reason for needing a kidney transplant. For people with kidney failure, a kidney transplant typically eliminates the need for dialysis. Patients with chronic kidney disease can be evaluated for kidney transplant at one of our transplant evaluation clinics. Certain medical conditions can contribute to kidney failure, including:

Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy at UChicago Medicine

Dr. Rolf Barth explains a minimally invasive kidney donor transplant surgery that leaves a small scar in the belly button.

single port nephrectomy
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Kidney Transplant Care Locations

Kidney Transplant Coordinators

We help our patients be as prepared as possible throughout their transplant experience. A kidney transplant coordinator works with each patient to schedule appointments and provide support before and after surgery. The transplant coordinator serves as your personal advocate and is always there to address any questions or concerns. Spanish-speaking patients can work with a bilingual transplant coordinator.

We encourage patients to discuss questions about their treatment plan. Our team will be available to advise patients on all aspects of their care, including tests, procedures, medications, diet and lifestyle.

Why Choose UChicago Medicine for Kidney Transplantation

When you come to UChicago Medicine, you can be confident you will receive the highest level of kidney care. Each of our experienced physicians, nurses and other health care professionals is dedicated to your well-being.

High magnification micrograph of post-kidney transplantation polyomavirus nephropathy.
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Patient with a transplant nurse
Portrait of Dr. Michelle Josephson in the DCAM
Kidney patient education session, with one nurse and three patients.
Michelle Hazarak donated a kidney to her stepfather, Ron Egger, in June 2012
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World's First Back-to-Back Heart-Liver-Kidney Transplants

UChicago Medicine physicians made history in December 2018 after performing two triple-organ transplants within 27 hours, replacing the failing hearts, livers and kidneys of 29-year-olds Sarah McPharlin and Daru Smith.