An unexpected gift

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

Born with Alport syndrome, a rare inherited disease that damages the kidneys with the gradual buildup of scar tissue, Nate Estrella first went into kidney failure at age 16. A kidney transplant from his father was the answer.

But six short years later, his body took over again. He needed another transplant. Only this time, family members couldn't help. Read Nate's story.

Kidney Transplant

Compassionate patient care, excellent outcomes

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

Organ 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 organ donation is an important part of our kidney transplant program and how to become a donor.

Shorter wait times

Median months on a wait list *

•  26.2 months – The University of Kansas Hospital

•  29.5 months – Region 8**

•  57.3 months – U.S. 


Number of transplants performed

•  More than 1,883 kidney transplants as of June 10, 2014

•  112 kidney transplants in 2013

Patient survival

One-year outcomes

•  97.92% – The University of Kansas Hospital

•  96.75% – Expected

•  Reporting period: July 1, 2010 - Dec. 31, 2012*


*Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients 
**Region 8 = Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Colorado

Questions to ask when evaluating a kidney transplant program.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.