Kidney Transplant

The Kidney Transplant Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center is nationally recognized, and our accomplished physicians are highly regarded for their groundbreaking work in transplantation.

Among our milestones:

  • UT Southwestern physicians performed the first successful kidney transplant in North Texas.
  • Our transplant team has performed more than 400 kidney transplants.
  • Our physicians are responsible for innovations that have become nationally accepted practice, such as:
    • Anti-lymphocyte antibodies to prevent and treat organ rejection
    • Calcium channel blockers to improve early function of a kidney transplant
    • Molecular biology to better match kidneys with patients

Partners in Patient Care

UT Southwestern Medical Center and UMC Healthcare in Lubbock, Texas, have forged a partnership in kidney transplantation, bringing the strengths of both facilities together, creating a patient-centric culture, and providing an unsurpassed level of innovative and compassionate care. This joint program, a pairing of UMC Health System Transplant Services and UTSW, is the only partnership in the region that offers full service pre-transplant, waitlist, and post-transplant care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Local transplant physicians and nurses are always available to provide care and close communication.

Our Team

UT Southwestern Medical Center has assembled an expert team of transplant surgeons, nephrologists, endocrinologists, immunologists, and highly trained health professionals. At home in one of the nation's leading medical and research facilities, UT Southwestern’s physicians are dedicated to providing each of our patients with an individual, personalized approach to treatment.

In 2016, the kidney transplant team performed 49 kidney transplants, furthering a distinguished record against end-stage renal disease. UT Southwestern’s Nephrology Department also opened a dedicated polycystic kidney disease (PKD) clinic in Dallas, one of only a few in the state.

Our Research

UT Southwestern’s clinical trials program gives patients access to treatments often unavailable at other health care facilities. Depending on the specific condition, UTSW can offer therapies that show particular promise years before these therapies are offered to the public.

Our experience conducting some of the most advanced research into kidney transplants enables UT Southwestern to provide you with the best possible medical treatments – all in a caring and compassionate environment.