Compassionate patient care, excellent outcomes
Saving a life with living kidney donations
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.
Questions to ask when evaluating a kidney transplant program.
- How many consecutive years has the program been transplanting kidneys?
The University of Kansas Hospital has been consistently performing kidney transplants for more than 46 consecutive years. No other program in the region can say that.
- How many kidney transplants were performed last year?
Volumes lead to better outcomes. The University of Kansas Hospital is the fourth largest kidney transplant program in the region. We perform more than twice as many kidney transplants as the next busiest transplant program. Compare the volumes of any kidney transplant program in the region online.
- What are the patient survival rates for the program?
The University of Kansas Hospital has the highest patient survival rates in the region. Compare the survival rates of any kidney transplant program online.
- Is the kidney program nationally ranked or recognized by a reputable organization?
Yes. The University of Kansas Hospital’s nephrology program has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for seven consecutive years.