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Kidney Transplant Services

Patients on dialysis and those with deteriorating kidney function can turn to the UCI Health Kidney Transplant Program for comprehensive, individualized transplantation services.

As Orange County's oldest and largest kidney transplant program, our experienced team offers patients with kidney failure an opportunity for a healthier life. After a kidney transplant, recipients often feel stronger and have more energy, enabling them to return to work, enjoy a more liberal diet and an improved quality of life. Our kidney transplant outcomes exceed the national survival average.

We also have a kidney donor program for patients who have a living donor. Living donor kidneys dramatically improve patients’ long-term survival because they function better and last far longer than kidneys from deceased donors.

Learn more about our Living Donor program ›

For more information or to make an appointment, call 714-456-8441.

To refer a patient, please download our patient referral form ›

Our Kidney and Pancreas Transplant team seeks to maximize our patients' chances for transplantation.

Our board-certified transplant specialists provide consultation, medical treatment and follow-up care patients who have:

  • End-stage renal disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetic nephropathy

Our services include:

  • Living donor kidney transplantation
  • Deceased donor kidney transplantation
  • Paired donor kidney exchange
  • ABO incompatible kidney transplant
  • Highly sensitized kidney transplant 
  • Hand-assisted living kidney donor surgery
  • Positive cross-match kidney transplant
  • Transplant with hepatitis C or HIV infection

We also have the only pancreas transplant program in Orange County. We offer patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes the potential to avoid daily insulin injections, which substantially improves life expectancy and general health. Our transplant specialists also treat patients who need simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplants.

Learn more about our pancreas transplant program ›

As Orange County's largest kidney transplant program, the UCI Health team has been a vital resource for more than 40 years for patients suffering with chronic kidney disease.

We aim to be a beacon of hope for patients afflicted with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and we are growing rapidly to meet the needs of our regional community to deliver comprehensive, individualized care to adults who require kidney or pancreas transplants.

Multidisciplinary approach

Our team consists of highly trained, experienced surgeons, nephrologists, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists, nurse coordinators, data analysts, quality specialists and administrative staff members. All are committed to providing top quality, personalized care for patients awaiting transplantation, for potential live donors and for those who struggle with complications from chronic renal disease and diabetes.

Better outcomes

UCI Health transplant outcomes exceed national averages for both living kidney donor transplant recipients and deceased donor transplant recipients.

Research

Working within Orange County’s only academic health system, UCI Health physicians are actively involved in research aimed at preventing organ rejection. They also are investigating the latest techniques in islet cell transplantation. As a result of these research efforts, our patients benefit from the most advanced protocols for successful kidney and pancreas transplantation.

Living donor program

Through our living donor program, our kidney transplant patients can receive a live donor kidney, which function better and longer than cadaver kidneys. This program has proven to extend the long-term survival of our transplant patients. We use the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to ensure that the living donor makes a quick recovery.

Our multidisciplinary transplant team is led by highly skilled surgeons and nephrologists who specialize in treating diseases of the kidney and pancreas.

Our team also includes dedicated nurse coordinators, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians, financial coordinators, data analysts and administrative assistants, all of whom work in concert to provide personalized and compassionate care to our transplant patients and those with diseases and disorders of the kidney and pancreas.

To schedule a consultation, please call 714-456-8441.

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