Kidney & Pancreas Transplant

Advancing the speed and care of transplants for both recipients and living donors

hand holding kidney model

Transplants you can trust, with survival rates to prove it.

Improving Your Odds

We offer an innovative living kidney donor exchange as well as a deceased donor utilization program to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Shorter Wait Times

With excellent results and the shortest wait times in the state, our patient satisfaction rates are among the highest in the Northwest.

Lifesaving Experience

We were awarded five stars by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, and our patients have survival rates that exceed national averages.

Some of our common services:

Research leads to the development of new, more effective surgical and transplantation techniques. Our transplantation experts are actively involved in clinical trials, so they can employ the latest medical advancements into their patients’ care. And eligible patients can participate in a clinical trial helping to pioneer and benefit from new promising treatments.

participate in a study

When a kidney fails, treatment is needed to replace the diseased kidney with one that works. There are two types of treatment for kidney failure — dialysis or transplantation. Many people prefer kidney transplantation as a long-term treatment because it offers more freedom and a better quality of life than dialysis.

If you or a loved one have end-stage renal disease, the UW Medicine Kidney Care and Transplant Program offers comprehensive and compassionate care with a special emphasis on living donor kidney transplantation. If you are interested in donating a kidney please take the Potential Living Kidney Donor Screening and our Independent Donor Advocate will follow up with you.

UW Medicine’s transplant team is experienced at planning and performing sophisticated living-donor transplants.

Learn More

Patients with type 1 diabetes — an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops producing the hormone insulin — may qualify for a pancreas transplant as well as a kidney transplant, if it's determined that it's needed. A successful pancreas transplant can allow the patient to control blood sugar without needing to use insulin because the new pancreas will create it for them. Patients no longer have problems with very low blood sugars (hypoglycemia), or diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) or coma from very high sugars (hyperglycemia), all of which can be life-threatening. Normal blood sugars can prevent or sometimes reverse long-term complications of diabetes.

Inform yourself to make the best choices for your health and care with UW Medicine patient education resources.

learn more

Support is an important part of your care beyond treatment. Support groups and community resources can help you and your loved ones through your medical journey and recovery.

learn more

Providers: To have your patient evaluated as a candidate for kidney transplantation, download and complete the kidney transplant referral checklist below and fax it to 206.598.7176. If you have any questions about the program or want to schedule an appointment, call 206.598.3882.

download form

Patients being considered for a kidney transplant undergo a variety of evaluations to test psychological, social and physical readiness. Blood and other diagnostic tests are performed to identify a donor match and gain a picture of overall health before the procedure.

Ours is the only transplant center in the region with a specialized transplant infectious disease (ID) team. The transplant ID team consists of a group of board-certified ID physicians with expertise in transplant infections. Though close attention and monitoring, our care team works with you to minimize the risk of infection following the transplant procedure. Infection can occur in the new organ or the tissue surrounding it. Your care team will also monitor for any bronchial tube problems following the transplant.

The below guide to transplantation and visual transplantation map are available for your information.

If you have questions, please call the pre-transplant kidney line at 206.598.3882.

Guide to transplantation

Transplantation map

The following forms need to be completed and brought to your scheduled clinic appointment at UWMC:

Please print and fax completed forms to 206.598.2201 or mail them to:

UWMC Kidney Transplant Program
1959 NE Pacific St., Box 356174
Seattle, WA 98195

Team Transplant was established at UW Medical Center in 2001 to promote physical activity and organ donation awareness. The team's goal is to train for and complete local walking and running events.

Learn more

Entrance to emergency room
Know where to go

Should I go to the emergency room or urgent care?

If you have an illness or injury that you think may be life-threatening without immediate care, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Find an E.R.

If you have an illness or injury that is not life-threatening but needs attention today, go to urgent care.

Find urgent care