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Transplant Program

Kidney Transplant Program

Kidney failure is physically and emotionally challenging. One treatment option, dialysis, is life-saving, but life-changing, too. A kidney transplant is another treatment option and may be one that’s right for you. Receiving a new kidney can provide permanent relief and help you get back to a fuller, freer life.

We know the idea of transplant can be scary. That's why you can count on us. Our compassionate, dedicated specialists will be by your side every step of the way.

We guide you through the process from start to finish — from finding an appropriate donor to helping you recover and stay healthy after surgery. Temple offers more than two decades of experience and one-year success rates that exceed national rates.*

Living Donors Often Lead to Better Outcomes

Research shows that organs from living donors generally work better, last longer and are available sooner. Temple is committed to connecting patients with living donors whenever possible.

We screen potential donors through a comprehensive evaluation. We also offer a Kidney Exchange Program for donors and recipients who are having trouble finding a match.

For living kidney donors, we employ the latest minimally invasive techniques including single incision laparoscopic surgery. This approach can reduce side effects and recovery time.

Read more about living kidney donors >

An Experienced Team Approach

  • Multidisciplinary team that collaborates to determine the best course of action based on your individual case. We explore options that may reduce your wait time.
  • Trained in all aspects of chronic kidney disease. Our skilled transplant nephrologists and surgeons can treat even the most complex cases. This includes patients with another chronic disease.
  • Specialize in performing multi-organ transplants. If you also need another organ transplant, we can take care of this in one procedure. It will save you time and reduce any anxiety that you may experience with having a transplant. We can combine a kidney transplant with that of a heart, liver, lung or pancreas transplant.
  • Recognized as among the best. Physicians in the Temple Kidney Transplant Program are often named among Philadelphia magazine’s “Top Doctors.” We also earned a High-Performing recognition from U.S. News & World Report for Nephrology.

More Benefits for Patients

To enhance comfort and outcomes for every patient we treat, Temple also offers:

  • Therapy to remove antibodies from the bloodstream that may put the patient’s immune system at risk of rejecting the new organ. This is known as desensitization therapy.

  • Second opinions for patients declined by other transplant centers.

  • Convenient scheduling of outpatient visits and tests at Temple University Hospital or St. Luke’s University Health Network.

*According to the July 2021 Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients report.

Schedule an appointment with the Temple Kidney Transplant team or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536).