Kidney and pancreas transplant: Your best choice

The University of Iowa Organ Transplant Center is nationally recognized as one of the leading centers for kidney and pancreas transplants with a long record of outstanding patient outcomes. 

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Distinction Center®
  • SRTR Rankings: Top 10 in the country for best graft survival rates
  • Named a Transplant Access Program by Optum Health Care
  • National center for atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) care

Our results have been consistently outstanding, and the average waiting time for a kidney or pancreas transplant at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is much shorter than the national average.

The program’s nationally recognized faculty members provide the complete range of advanced medical and surgical options for patients with renal failure. This includes an active living donor renal transplant program with laparoscopic donor nephrectomy for kidney donors. This minimally invasive procedure results in more rapid recovery with most living donors going home after 48 hours.

Iowa’s only Blue Designation Center® for transplant

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has recognized the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics as a Blue Distinction Center® for delivering quality transplant care.

Blue Distinction Centers® have demonstrated the delivery of quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community. UI Hospitals & Clinics is the only Iowa health system to receive this designation.

The personal side of your care

We work hard to assure your comfort during your evaluation, waiting period, and throughout the transplant process.

During your transplant and recovery, family members will likely spend time in the Iowa City area to follow you through your care. Our patients and families will find many lodging, dining, and shopping choices conveniently located just a few minutes from the hospital. Our program social workers are available to assist you in navigating this stressful time.

Program highlights

Receiving a kidney or pancreas transplant at the UI Organ Transplant Center is an outstanding choice. There are many benefits to receiving your transplant care at a fully integrated, multidisciplinary Organ Transplant Center.

  • Streamlined communication and coordination throughout your evaluation, transplant surgery, and follow-up care.
  • Dedicated nephrologists, endocrinologists, and surgeons with focused specialty training in transplantation.
  • You will be assigned to a transplant certified nursing coordinator for all phases of your pre- and post-transplant care.
  • Monthly patient support group meeting for both pre- and post-transplant patients and their families.
  • Full-time clinical psychologist experienced in the care of transplant candidates and recipients.
  • Dedicated infectious disease physician with focused specialty training in transplantation.
  • Specialized kidney and pancreas pathologists experienced in biopsy review of pre- and post-transplant samples.
Last reviewed: 
January 2018

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