In 2013, Cleveland Clinic celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first kidney transplant. Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed Ohio’s first kidney transplant in January 1963. During that same year, Cleveland Clinic also launched its pediatric kidney transplant program and in 1987, an affiliate program was established with the Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia.

In 2018, Cleveland Clinic performed 182 kidney transplants, including 1 pediatric transplant.

To date, more than 1,000 transplants have been performed in Charleston. Last year, our surgeons performed the first paired kidney exchange the state of West Virginia. In paired kidney exchange, two incompatible donor/recipient pairs are matched to allow for a donor from the first pair to provide a kidney to the recipient from the second pair and vice versa. This has boosted the number of living donors in in the Charleston program.

Cleveland Clinic kidney transplant program is an essential component of a broad medical and surgical strategy to manage all patients with kidney disease with the therapy most appropriate to that patient, up to and including kidney transplants.

Why choose Cleveland Clinic?

Cleveland Clinic is a top U.S. hospital, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2018-19 "America's Best Hospitals" rankings. This year, Cleveland Clinic ranked No. 2 in the country. The Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute also ranked No. 1 in the country, and Cleveland Clinic is also recognized for excellence in most of the other medical specialties ranked by the magazine.

Cleveland Clinic kidney transplant program is a member of the United Network For Organ Sharing (UNOS), meeting all their requirements for kidney transplants.

If you or a loved one would like a second opinion from a top specialist at Cleveland Clinic, but may be disabled or find it too difficult to travel, we offer MyConsult. The MyConsult program is an online medical second opinion that connects you to our physician experts who will review your medical records and diagnostic tests to assess your suitability for transplant.

Interested in becoming a Living Donor?

Get started today by filling out our confidential online health questionnaire.

Virtual Visits

Select patients can now see our specialists online from their home or office by using the Cleveland Clinic Express Care® Online tool. This service allows patients a fast, secure and easy way to receive care from their healthcare team in a live virtual visit using a smartphone (iPhone or Android), tablet or computer. Virtual visits cost only $49, and the benefits of choosing this appointment option include no travel or parking, no facility fee, less waiting, significant time savings and the convenience of seeing your physician from wherever you choose.

If you would like to use Express Care Online for your next visit, please call your provider’s office. If you are eligible, our team will schedule your virtual visit and provide details on the cost of your appointment and setup instructions.

For More Information

Please contact our pre-transplant office for additional information on kidney transplantation:
Phone: 216.444.6996
Toll-free: 800.223.2273 ext. 46996