Gift of kidney strengthens bond between cousins

Brendan Connor

Born with Alport syndrome, Brendan Conner managed failing kidney function all his young life. When he required a transplant, his cousin came through with a living donation that changed Brendan's life and created a unique bond. Read their story.

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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.

Kidney transplant patients and their doctors choose The University of Kansas Health System because of our extraordinary commitment to patient care. Our patient survival rates are higher than regional and national averages.

We performed our first kidney transplant in 1969 and our first simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant in 1999. Our kidney doctors have performed more than 2.500 kidney transplants to date.

We are highly committed to living kidney donation whenever possible. A kidney from a living donor is healthier and will last longer than one from a deceased donor. The option expands the number of organs available to help more people in need and eliminates way time for many. Learn why some donors choose this path for a family member, friend or even a stranger.

Nationally recognized commitment to quality care

The University of Kansas Hospital’s kidney program ranked No. 39 among the nation's top 50 in U.S. News & World Report's 2018-19 Best Hospitals. This is our ninth year to achieve the honor.

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.

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Living 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 living kidney donation is an important part of our transplant program and how to become a donor.