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Our Pancreas Transplant Doctors

The hospital's multidisciplinary transplant team diagnoses, treats and manages care for patients with pancreas disorders and kidney disease.

Our pancreas transplant surgeons and doctors provide expert treatment for all types of pancreas conditions, including:

Transplant success since 1969

We performed our first kidney transplant in 1969 and our first simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant in 1999. We are also one of the few transplant programs in the U.S. to practice steroid minimization after patient discharge. Tapering off corticosteroids within four weeks after surgery reduces side effects such as diabetes, weight gain, osteoporosis, bone fractures and patient morbidity.

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Still the best
Our hospital continues to rank as the best in Kansas City and in Kansas according to U.S. News & World Report.
Magnet recognized
The University of Kansas Hospital has been designated a Magnet® facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 2006.
Top academic medical center
Earned Vizient's 2018 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award; ranked 5th out of 99 academic medical centers studied.

Pancreas Transplant Team

Meet our committed pancreas specialists

Our pancreas transplant specialists are committed to providing you with personalized care from your first evaluation through your pancreas transplant and for the rest of your life. Team members include pancreas transplant physicians, surgeons, nurses, psychologists, dietitians and other care staff.

The most important team member

You play a key role in ensuring your pancreas transplant is a success. Be sure to take your medications, maintain a proper diet, exercise and notify your pancreas transplant team of any problems.

Pancreas transplant doctors

Our pancreas doctors determine if you are a candidate for a pancreas transplant. Our nationally recognized nephrologists monitor and manage all nonsurgical aspects of your care. Our transplant surgeons perform the operation and monitor your pancreas' function, rejection and any surgical complications.


These physicians monitor and manage recipients’ life functions throughout the transplant process. They specialize in using drugs and other agents to relieve pain during and after surgery, including recovery.

Intensive care transplant nurses

These ICU nurses specialize in the care of transplant patients. They provide the lifesaving support for any complicated transplant medical condition.

Non-ICU transplant nurses

After patients leave the transplant ICU, they receive care from specially trained transplant nurses. These nurses provide care during most of your hospital stay.

Pancreas transplant coordinators

Our transplant coordinators are specially trained registered nurses. They provide care in every phase of the transplant process, from evaluation to long-term follow-up. Coordinators prepare you for pancreas transplant, schedule clinic visits, monitor test results and help you understand your medications. They are your primary contacts for any questions you and your family may have.

Financial coordinators

One of our financial coordinators will advise you of your financial options for covering the cost of pancreas transplantation. He or she will help determine what part of your pancreas transplant surgery, medications and care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. The financial coordinator can also help you find other financial assistance resources, if needed.

Social workers

Our social workers are licensed professionals who provide counseling and support to you and your family. They help you understand and cope with your condition and the transplant process. Social workers also can help with emotional or family issues you may have.

They will determine if you have a qualified caregiver and appropriate family support. They can provide information on community resources, such as support groups, transportation and lodging, if you or your family members need a place to stay overnight during treatment.


Our psychologists provide counseling and therapy to help you and your family cope with the stresses associated with chronic disease and pancreas transplant. Services include individual and family therapy, stress management training, depression counseling and addiction counseling.


Our pharmacists instruct you and your family about your medications before and after transplantation, and assist with your daily medication schedule.


Our registered dietitians help you manage your nutrition, before and after your pancreas transplant. The dietitian will assess your nutrition, make recommendations for your diet and provide help with decreased appetite, weight loss, nausea and vomiting.

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