Living Donor Kidney Transplant

Celebrating Excellence in Living Donor Kidney Transplant

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center's Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program, part of University Hospitals Transplant Institute, has more than 40 years of excellence in living donor kidney transplant. We have been performing transplant surgeries since 1968, and take pride in the experience and expertise of our highly trained staff.

Among the nation’s leading academic medical centers, UH Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio is an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, a nationally recognized leader in medical research and education.

Living Donor Kidney

Watch the story on how a UH cardiovascular technician was quick to volunteer her kidney after hearing that a UH patient had been waiting for five years to find a donor.

The statistics are startling: At any time in the U.S., more than 100,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Organs donated from those who have recently died do not keep up with the number of people needing transplants. Living donor kidney transplant takes place when a living person such as a sibling, parent, adult child or someone unrelated, such as a friend or coworker, donates a kidney. Compared to kidneys from the deceased-donor kidney list, living donor kidneys last longer and have better kidney function. Wait time is frequently substantially shorter for living donor transplants as well. When donors are not compatible, the donor-recipient pair can enroll in the kidney-exchange program to find a match as well.

Living kidney donation is performed laparoscopically, minimizing incision size. Most donors are in the hospital for a few days, and return to work in a few weeks.

Destin and Amanda share their compelling story about kidney donation through University Hospitals.

Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Transplant Team

Our Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program brings together a multidisciplinary team of highly skilled medical experts who are experienced in living kidney donation:

  • Transplant surgeon
  • Transplant nephrologist (kidney specialist)
  • Dermatologists (for skin cancer screening)
  • Donor advocate
  • Registered dietitian
  • Transplant financial coordinator
  • Transplant nurse coordinator
  • Social worker
  • Administrative support

UH sets the standard in living donor kidney transplant as we continue to investigate state-of-the-art ways to improve transplant outcomes.

Convenient Location in Northeast Ohio

Immediate access is vital for patients to consider living donor kidney transplant as an option for treatment of kidney failure. Transplant procedures and follow-up care are performed at UH Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Back to Top