Kidney Transplant

Kidney Transplant

One of North Carolina’s Best Kidney Transplant Centers

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If you need kidney transplant surgery, you can feel confident choosing Duke for your care. Our transplant team performs thousands of complex kidney transplants that improve the quality of our patients’ lives. Our kidney transplant team supports you through every step of your journey.

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The Kidney Transplant Process

One-Day Evaluation

We offer a comprehensive and convenient one-day/one-location evaluation that includes education, consent, labs, and appointments with nephrology, surgery, financial counseling, social work, and a dietitian. You will be assigned a kidney transplant coordinator who will guide you through your transplant evaluation and listing.

Preparing for Your Kidney Transplant

We educate you about planning your visit, your emotional and physical needs before and after the kidney transplant procedure, the medications you will need to take, and the recovery process. Our care guides outline what you can expect, including how to prepare for your transplant surgery and how to care for your body after your transplant.

On Call for You 24/7/365

For urgent matters, a nephrologist, surgeon, advanced practice provider, and transplant coordinator are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year -- so you can get the type and level of attention you need.

Your Caregivers Are Our Partners

We involve your designated caregivers (family members or friends) from the time of your first evaluation through your recovery. They attend each of your appointments, and we educate them about their important role in taking care of you after surgery. They are our partners in restoring your health as quickly as possible.

Our Locations
Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.

Choosing a Kidney Transplant Center

Kidney Transplant Experience
Our transplant team has performed more than 4,100 transplants involving a kidney since Duke performed North Carolina’s first kidney transplant in 1965. The team now averages 150 kidney transplant procedures annually and has the collective experience to handle virtually any situation that arises.

National Leaders in Kidney Transplant
In addition to our experience in taking care of patients, we are also defining what the kidney transplant experience is like nationwide. Many of our transplant team members hold leadership positions in the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and other national transplant organizations.

Request a Referral from Your Doctor

If you are interested in making an appointment, please ask your nephrologist to submit a referral.

More Dual Organ Transplants
Our sickest patients are often those who need more than one organ transplanted at the same time. We do more dual organ transplants (including heart-kidney, lung-kidney, liver-kidney, and pancreas-kidney) than any other center in the state and most centers in our region.

  • Our heart, lung, and liver transplant programs are the largest in North Carolina and achieve exceptional outcomes, some of the best in the state, region, and nation.

After Kidney Transplant Surgery
While many of our patients come to us with complex, complicated medical problems not seen or accepted at other centers, our one- and three-year kidney and patient survival rates meet or exceed statistical expectations when compared to the U.S. average.

Kidney Transplantation Research
Our leadership in kidney transplantation research gives you access to the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices available. Through our clinical trials, you may have access to new therapies not widely available.

Deceased Kidney Donors and Living Kidney Donors
About one-third of the 150 kidney transplants we perform each year are from living kidney donors. We make every effort to ensure living donors do well, and we have the expertise to handle any situation that arises.

  • Other Options
    Blood-type-incompatible transplants and desensitization treatment plans are also available and tailored to the needs of each donor/recipient pair.

Average Wait Time for a Kidney at Duke
If you are considered a candidate for kidney transplantation but do not have a potential living donor, you will be wait-listed in a national database maintained and administered by UNOS. While our wait times are on par with national averages, we prepare you to be transplanted as quickly as possible by getting you from referral to evaluation faster than any center in North Carolina. We have one of the largest active waiting lists in the region, meaning more of our patients are ready to get a kidney when a kidney is offered.

Best Hospital for Nephrology in North Carolina
Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital’s nationally ranked nephrology program was named best in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.
Reviewed: 08/07/2018