Kidney Transplant

Compassionate patient care, excellent outcomes

Transplant is a treatment option for patients with end-stage kidney disease that usually allows patients to enjoy a more normal lifestyle.

Shorter wait times: Median months on a waitlist (Jan. 1, 2005 - June 30, 2010)*

  • 19.8 months – The University of Kansas Hospital
  • 26.4 months – Region 8**  
  • 50 months – U.S. 


Volume: Number of transplants performed

  • More than 1,800 kidney transplants to date
  • 112 kidney transplants in 2013


Patient survival: 1-year outcomes (Jan. 1, 2008 - June 30, 2010)*

  • 97.3% – The University of Kansas Hospital 
  • 96.8% – U.S.


Graft survival 

  • 91.6% – The University of Kansas Hospital  
  • 93.6% – U.S.


*Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients 

 **Region 8 = Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Colorado

Kidney transplant patients and their doctors choose The University of Kansas Hospital because of our extraordinary commitment to patient care. Our patient survival rates are higher than regional and national averages, and our organ waiting list times are significantly shorter.

We performed our first kidney transplant in 1969 and our first simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant in 1999. Our kidney doctors have performed more than 1,800 kidney transplants since 1969.

Nationally recognized commitment to quality care

The University of Kansas Hospital’s kidney program ranked No. 35 among the nation's top 50 in U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 Best Hospitals. This is our fifth year to achieve the honor. And in 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded our hospital and our organ procurement partner, Midwest Transplant Network, a fifth consecutive Medal of Honor for Organ Donation.

You can request a transplant evaluation

You, your doctor or your dialysis center can request a kidney transplant evaluation. One of our nurse coordinators will contact you to schedule your initial visit. You'll meet with a multidisciplinary kidney transplant team that will thoroughly assess your overall physical and psychological condition to determine your best treatment option.

If a kidney transplant is the right course of treatment for you, our kidney specialists will provide comprehensive care and education, from your first evaluation through your kidney transplant and for the rest of your life.

Request an evaluation

  • 913.588.1227
  • Toll free 800.332.6048

Organ donors save lives

When your loved one or friend offers to donate a kidney, there is no wait time. To ensure the best outcome, living donors are evaluated by our team.

Learn why organ donation is an important part of our kidney transplant program and how to become a donor.