Carolinas HealthCare System

Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program

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The Kidney Transplant Team - surgeons, nephrologists, nurse clinicians, social workers, dietitians and pharmacists - have performed more than 2,600 kidney transplants.

Recognizing the growing need for transplantation in patients with end-stage kidney disease, the Transplant Center at Carolinas Medical Center developed a full-time transplantation faculty.

Carolinas Medical Center has been a leading center for kidney transplantation since May 4, 1970 when the first kidney transplant was performed. This was followed closely by the first living donor transplant done Aug. 8, 1971. Our program has continued to grow steadily performing more than 2,500 pediatric and adult kidney transplants.

Among our notable firsts:

  • Jan. 28, 1976 was the center's first pediatric kidney transplant.
  • Dec. 7, 1994 was the first combined Kidney-pancreas transplant.
  • The first laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy (kidney removal) on Aug. 23, 2000, and is now the standard of care for all of our living donors.

Carolinas Medical Center is ranked amongst the 50 busiest renal transplant centers in the nation. The rankings, recorded by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, include kidney transplants performed in 2010. The OPTN recorded 7,248 deceased kidney donors and 6,387 living kidney donors, resulting in 6,387 living donor kidney transplants and 10,442 deceased donor kidney transplants. There were also 854 kidney/pancreas transplants in 2009. (As published in Nephrology News Issues November 2010.)

Other program highlights include:

  • Nationally recognized physicians and surgeons who actively participate in leadership roles and/or committee's with the United Network of Organ Sharing, American Society of Transplant Surgeons and other related organizations.
  • The Transplant Center is one of six in the United States with its own hospital-based organ procurement organization, LifeShare of the Carolinas.
  • Kidney transplantation in the HIV-infected population.
  • Paired donor kidney exchange program where a potential "pair" who is incompatible can "swap" with another willing "pair."
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