Kidney Transplant

Compassionate patient care, excellent outcomes

Saving a life with living kidney donations

Nate Estrella and Tim Saylor: Living Donor Saves a Stranger's Life

Born with a rare disease that damages the kidneys, Nate Estrella first went into kidney failure at age 16. The living kidney donation from his father saved his life. But when Nate's illness caused the kidney to fail six years later, none of his family or friends were a match this time.

He didn't think another living kidney donation would be possible – until a stranger stepped in. Read Nate's story.

Transplant is a treatment option for patients with end-stage kidney disease that usually allows patients to enjoy a more normal lifestyle.

Kidney transplant patients and their doctors choose The University of Kansas Hospital because of our extraordinary commitment to patient care. Our patient survival rates are higher than regional and national averages, and our organ waiting list times are significantly shorter.

We performed our first kidney transplant in 1969 and our first simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant in 1999. Our kidney doctors have performed more than 1,800 kidney transplants since 1969.

Nationally recognized commitment to quality care

The University of Kansas Hospital’s kidney program ranked No. 38 among the nation's top 50 in U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 Best Hospitals. This is our seventh year to achieve the honor. And in 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded our hospital and our organ procurement partner, Midwest Transplant Network, a fifth consecutive Medal of Honor for Organ Donation.

You can request a transplant evaluation

You, your doctor or your dialysis center can request a kidney transplant evaluation. One of our nurse coordinators will contact you to schedule your initial visit. You'll meet with a multidisciplinary kidney transplant team that will thoroughly assess your overall physical and psychological condition to determine your best treatment option.

If a kidney transplant is the right course of treatment for you, our kidney specialists will provide comprehensive care and education, from your first evaluation through your kidney transplant and for the rest of your life.

Request an evaluation

Living donors save lives

When your loved one or friend offers to donate a kidney, there is no wait time. To ensure the best outcome, living donors are evaluated by our team.

Learn why living kidney donation is an important part of our transplant program and how to become a donor.