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UPMC Transplant Services in South Central Pa.

Since starting our program in 2000, the Transplant Surgery Department at UPMC Pinnacle has performed more than 1,200 transplants. Our experienced transplant surgery team is expert in the most advanced techniques for transplant. Our living kidney donation program provides donors and recipients with state of the art care.

Why Choose UPMC Pinnacle Transplant Services?

Our transplant services are provided in a supportive environment by a multidisciplinary team experienced in all aspects of advanced kidney disease and the care of transplant recipients and donors. Our staff includes experienced transplant surgeons and nephrologists, as well as a support team that includes transplant coordinators, social workers, financial/insurance coordinators, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and dietitians. All our staff are dedicated to providing continuity of care for patients, donors and families.

We provide special services for living donors, including a dedicated Independent Donor Advocate, whose role is to ensure that living donors understand the donation process, have had their questions answered, and get the specialized support and consideration they deserve.

A number of factors, when combined, make our program one of the best:

  • State-of-the-Art Surgical Techniques — Our surgeons are expert at the most advanced surgical techniques.
  • Paired Donor Exchange —This program allows living donors to donate a kidney despite incompatible blood matches. In paired donation, a donor and recipient are matched with another incompatible donor and recipient pair, and the kidneys are exchanged between the pairs.
  • Clinical Research and Trials — The UPMC Pinnacle transplant program participates in clinical trials and research, allowing patients access to leading-edge medication protocols, technology, organ recovery techniques, surgical techniques and post-transplant care.
  • Integrated post transplant care — We continue to provide care for patients throughout the lifespan of the transplanted kidney. In coordination with local nephrologists we are able to offer comprehensive multidisciplinary care to all our patients.

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