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Pancreas Transplant

Pancreas Transplant at University Hospitals

From evaluation to post-transplant follow-up, University Hospitals Transplant Institute helps to provide extraordinary care for type 1 diabetes patients who are candidates for pancreas transplant. A pancreas transplant can help slow down or reverse diabetes-related complications and greatly improve a patient’s quality of life.


Refer a Patient or Learn More about Pancreas Transplant Program

To refer a patient call 216-844-3689 or to speak with a transplant specialist, call 216-286-6830.

Pancreas transplants are primarily performed to treat insulin-dependent diabetes (type 1). Diabetic-related issues such as renal disease, neuropathy, or nerve damage, and vascular disease will become stable or improve with a pancreas transplant. Frequently, patients are rendered insulin-free or require a much lower dose of insulin to maintain stable blood glucose levels.

Why Choose UH for Pancreas Transplant?

Since 1968, UH has performed more than 4,650 organ transplants for adults and children. Our transplant program is fully equipped to provide patients with organ transplants of the pancreas, kidney, liver, lung and heart.

In addition, the UH Transplant Institute team has expertise in performing medically advanced multiple organ transplants, such as a combined pancreas and kidney transplant, if needed.

Our team of experts supports pancreas transplant patients throughout the entire process, from evaluation to treatment and follow-up care. The transplant team is also available around the clock to help any patient or family member with concerns or questions.

Am I a Candidate?

Find out how pancreas transplant candidates are selected.

Patient Evaluation

Pancreas transplant candidates will undergo a series of tests and evaluations and will learn about the transplant process prior to surgery.

Waiting List

Patients who qualify for a pancreas transplant will be placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) liver transplant waiting list.

What to Expect

Learn about the types of pancreas transplant we offer and what happens on the day of your surgery.

Follow-Up Care

After a pancreas transplant, patients will take anti-rejection drugs and will continue to be followed by the transplant team.

For Clinicians: When to Refer a Patient

Learn about when a patient should be referred to UH Transplant Institute for a pancreas transplant.


Multidisciplinary Team of Transplant Experts

Our UH Pancreas Transplant Program includes a multidisciplinary team of board-certified surgeons and medical experts who are highly experienced in dealing with end-stage organ disease. Members of our multidisciplinary team include:

  • Cardiologists
  • Hepatologists (liver specialists)
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Medical assistants
  • Outreach coordinators
  • Pharmacists
  • Pulmonologists (lung specialists)
  • Social workers
  • Surgeons
  • Transplant dietitians
  • Transplant financial counselors
  • Transplant nurse coordinators
  • Administrative support

UH Transplant Institute also brings together experts from:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Immunology
  • Pathology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology