Kidney Transplant Services
UPMC's world-class kidney transplantation program is now available at UPMC Hamot, the only location outside of Pittsburgh where UPMC offers this potentially life-saving procedure.
Because UPMC Hamot works closely with the UPMC Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, patients who seek kidney transplantation services at UPMC Hamot can expect the same level of care offered by some of the leading transplant experts in the world.
About Our Program
UPMC Hamot offers kidney transplants from both live and deceased donors.
UPMC Hamot is proud to partner with the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), a regional nonprofit organization that works with families of organ donors and health care organizations to recover organs for patients who need them.
CORE is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations in the country and serves 155 hospitals throughout western Pennsylvania and portions of West Virginia and New York.
Patients who suffer from end stage renal disease, complications from diabetes, or other medical conditions as identified by their doctors may be candidates for kidney transplant.
Benefits of having a kidney transplant include:
- Providing an alternative to kidney dialysis for management of kidney disease, leading to fewer medical complications and a potentially longer life span
- Improved quality of life, including more energy, less dependence on medications, and better overall health
Potential risks of having a kidney transplant include:
- Waitlist times
- Complications from surgery
- Side effects of transplant medications
>>Learn more about the benefits and risks of a kidney transplant.
Your Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) is a measurement used to determine kidney function and the stage of your kidney disease. Use the GFR calculator to find out your score.
UPMC Hamot's transplant team offers both pre- and post-surgical clinics for transplant patients. Clinics are open to patients who have had surgery either at UPMC Hamot or in Pittsburgh.
Before Your Transplant
Once your referring physician determines you may be a candidate for a kidney transplant, you will be scheduled for a pretransplant evaluation with our kidney transplant team. The evaluation will include a medical and surgical history.
If our team concludes a kidney transplant would be the best option for you, you will be placed on the transplant wait list. A member of our team will notify you when a donor kidney becomes available.
After Your Transplant
After your kidney transplant, the transplant team will see you regularly to monitor your medications and blood work to ensure your new kidney is functioning properly.
For more information about kidney transplant services at UPMC Hamot 814-87-RENAL (814-877-3625) or toll-free at 1-844-HAMOT-22 (1-844-426-6822). You may also send an email to UPMCHamotKidney@upmc.edu.