Experts at Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute have been performing kidney transplants for more than 50 years.
Learn more about kidney transplantation:
- View a timeline about our breakthroughs in kidney disease
- Watch a patient video
- Watch a research video on living donors
The Center for Renal and Pancreas Transplantation operates a full range of services for patients with advanced renal failure facing the possibility of renal replacement therapy. Our services include evaluation, wait list maintenance, transplant procedures, and follow up care. Additionally, appropriate diabetics can qualify for pancreas or combined pancreas and kidney transplantation. In selected patients with renal vascular disease or ureteral loss, renal autotransplantation can be performed.
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The center is multidisciplinary and is staffed by three surgeons and six nephrologists. Transplant urologists work very closely with nephrologists on patient management issues. The center also involves nurse coordinators, social workers, dietitians and financial counselors.
An appointment begins with a referral from a patient’s personal nephrologist. Patients can then be scheduled for an evaluation that will involve a more comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluation. Additional laboratory, radiographic and cardiovascular testing is usually performed. Based upon these tests, qualified candidates will be placed on the wait list for a kidney. If a living donor is identified and found to be suitable, some patients will proceed to living donor transplantation.
For most patients with advanced kidney disease transplantation provides a survival advantage compared to dialysis and an improved quality of life.
Awards & Recognition
Cleveland Clinic is the only hospital in Northeast Ohio to be recognized as a platinum member for organ awareness by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for outstanding efforts to promote organ donation awareness.
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For more information, view the Kidney Transplant Treatment Guide from the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute.
Akron General Transplant Evaluation Clinic
Physicians from Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute’s nationally ranked programs are now available at Akron General to see kidney disease patients interested in transplantation. The benefits of a successful kidney transplant are many. Most people find they have increased stamina and energy. They can return to a more normal lifestyle, and those who were dependent upon dialysis can enjoy newfound freedom. Potential transplant candidates include:
- Patients suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD) Stage 4 or 5
- Patients currently receiving chronic dialysis treatment
The majority of evaluation, testing and lab work will be performed in the familiarity of Akron General, where our employees and volunteers are happy to assist you. Transplant surgery will occur at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.
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.
To date, more than 1,000 transplants have been performed in Charleston. For adult and pediatric patients suffering from end-stage renal disease, a kidney transplant may be the right treatment option, as it holds more promise for a normal lifestyle with fewer restrictions than dialysis.
In 2018, 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.
Some healthy, willing and suitable living donors may be incompatible due to blood type or tissue type (cross match) incompatibility. This will prevent the transplant from moving forward. Since 2011 the Cleveland Clinic Renal Transplant Program has partnered with the National Kidney Registry (NKR) to provide paired donation services. Since that time the Cleveland Clinic has transplanted 45 recipients with this program. Incompatible recipients and their respective donors are entered into the NKR. At the heart of the NKR is a robust computer matching program that matches donors and recipients.
Typically, the transplants are performed as a chain of transplants. An altruistic donor (otherwise known as a good Samaritan donor) starts a chain that gets the first incompatible recipient transplanted. Then, the incompatible donor registered for the first recipient donates to another recipient who they match. This can go on indefinitely but due to challenging match situations or logistics, chains are usually 5-8 pairs long. Our program has participated in a chain that was over 25 pairs long. The chain closes when the last donor donates to a patient identified from the deceased donor list, usually from the center that had the initial altruistic donor. Paired donation is a relatively recent development. The NKR facilitates 50% or more of paired donations that occur in the US each year.
To learn more visit the National Kidney Registry.