Transplant

National leaders in transplant care

For more than 50 years the UW Health Transplant Center has led the nation in serving transplant patients and living and deceased organ donors who provide the gift of life.
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Programs and research

Quality and experience you can trust

On a yearly basis, UW Health consistently performs more transplants than most hospital systems. Our wait times are among the shortest in the region, and our outcomes are excellent. Our transplant teams have the experience you need for the very best results.

Learn more about the quality of our program

Learn how to understand the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients data

Visit our organ program pages to see current data by organ

COVID-19 Information

The well-being and safety of our transplant patients is always our top priority. For guidelines and information specific to transplant patients, please visit: COVID-19 Precauations for Transplant Patients

As one of the nation’s few comprehensive transplant centers, we serve adult patients requiring heart, intestine, islet cell, kidney, liver, lung and pancreas transplants and have the experience and skill needed to perform complex multiple organ transplants. Our pediatric team provides compassionate care to young patients requiring evaluation and transplant of the kidney, liver, intestine and multi-visceral organs. Our living donation program is among the nation’s largest and serves living kidney and liver donors. Our organ and tissue donation program is a HRSA best-practice site and leads the nation in serving deceased organ and tissue donors.

Innovation and research

UW Health is part of an academic medical center. We create and test new ways to help transplant patients live longer and reduce risks for living donors. 

Some of our current work includes studying new medicines that reduce the side effects of immunosuppression. We are also looking at ways to improve long-term survival rates for organ transplant patients.

Learn more about our transplant research and clinical trials.

UW Organ and Tissue Donation

As one of the nation’s largest transplant centers, we know how organ and tissue donation changes lives. Our team serves organ donors and their families, and teaches our partners and the community about the organ and tissue donation experience and the importance of registering as an organ donor.

Learn more about the UW Organ and Tissue Donation program

Renowned transplant programs

Injury, cancer, diabetes, heart failure and other diseases can damage organs. Organ transplant offers new hope for a full and healthy life for people with end-stage organ failure.

At UW Health, we use advanced transplant techniques. Many of these techniques were created by our team and are now used throughout the world. Our personalized services separate our program from other large transplant centers.  We welcome you to our transplant and donation family.

Our transplant programs include:

We provide heart transplants to treat heart failure and heart disease. Our wait times are among the nation’s shortest. We are one of just five centers in the nation transplanting hearts from cardiac death donors using a device that preserves heart function between donation and transplant. We use minimally-invasive techniques to improve their health and for some, as support while they wait for a transplant. We proudly serve Veterans as a Veteran’s Administration approved transplant program.

Learn more about our heart transplant program

We are among the nation’s largest kidney transplant programs and offer many options for kidney donation and transplant. We provide both living donor and deceased donor kidney transplants.

  • Renal Autotransplant Program: Our program is the largest in the U.S. We provide diagnosis and treatment for patients with functioning kidneys who are experiencing loin-pain related issues and other issues that necessitate an evaluation for a renal autotransplant.

Learn more about our kidney transplant program

We offer living and deceased donor liver transplants. A liver transplant helps people with liver failure and some liver diseases, such as hepatitis C and cirrhosis. We proudly serve veterans as a Veterans Administration-approved transplant program.

Learn more about our liver transplant program

A lung transplant helps people with advanced lung disease. We treat the most complex lung patients, including multi-organ transplants. Our wait times are very short, and our outcomes are excellent. We are proud to serve veterans as a Veterans Administration-approved transplant program.

Learn more about our lung transplant program

We perform more pancreas transplants than any other program in the United States. A transplant may be an option if you are living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes or if your pancreas was removed.

Learn more about our pancreas transplant program

Our surgeons are experienced in multi-organ transplants. They work with their fellow experts in other organ programs to manage the complex care of patients who need more than one organ transplanted.

Support Programs

Our team focuses on you and your specific needs before, during and after your transplant and donation experience.

Living donation program

Living donation occurs when a living person provides a kidney or a portion of their liver to someone who needs a transplant. An organ from a living donor gives patients the best chance of a healthy life. At UW Health, we provide education, information and support to those considering the gift of a living donation. We honor and celebrate our living donors heroes.

Learn more about our living kidney and living liver organ donation programs.

Learn more about becoming a living donor

Our histocompatibility lab provides clinical services and research specific to transplant patients and donors to ensure the highest level of organ matching.

Learn more

We link you by phone or in person to a mentor who received an organ transplant or donated an organ. Your mentor will share information about their experience and answer your questions.

Stay connected!

Learn how we’re improving transplantation, read inspiring stories and discover ways you can save more lives by promoting organ donation.

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Referring a patient for transplant

It is a privilege to care for your patient who may need a single or multiple-organ transplant. A pioneer in this field, UW Health consistently performs more transplants than most hospital systems nationwide, with shorter wait times and excellent outcomes. We look forward to making the referral process as easy as possible while keeping communication with your office flowing.

Locations

American Family Children's Hospital
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American Family Children's Hospital

American Family Children’s Hospital Offering your child the most advanced medical care directed by UW Health pediatricians —– all in a state-of-tfhe artfamily-friendly facility with lots of amenities. 1675 Highland Ave. MadisonWI 53792 (608) 263-7337 University Hospital Providing specialty care for adults in a facility that is part of UW Hospitals —– ranked No. 1 of all Wisconsin Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. 600 Highland Ave. MadisonWisconsin 53792 (608) 263-6400

Our locations

We offer pre-and post- transplant surgery services for adults at University Hospital in Madison. Our team serves pediatric patients at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison. We also serve pre- and post- transplant patients in Belvidere and Rockford, Illinois; and in Green Bay, Madison, Marshfield, Sparta, Waukesha and Wausau, Wisconsin.

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  • University Hospital - Transplant
    • 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 262-5420
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  • American Family Children's Hospital - Pediatric Liver Transplant Clinic
    • 1675 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-6420
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  • Marshfield Clinic- Liver Transplant Clinic
    • 1000 North Oak Avenue / Marshfield, WI
    • (608) 263-9531
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  • Marshfield Clinic- Kidney Transplant Clinic
    • 1000 North Oak Avenue / Marshfield, WI
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  • GI Associates of Wausau - Liver Transplant Clinic
    • 411 Westwood Drive / Wausau, WI
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  • ProHealth Medical Group - Liver Transplant
    • N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr. / Waukesha, WI
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  • Bellin Health - Kidney Transplant Clinic
    • 704 S. Webster Avenue, Suite 100 / Green Bay, WI
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  • Bellin Health - Liver Tranplant Clinic
    • 704 S. Webster Avenue, Suite 100 / Green Bay, WI
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  • ProHealth Medical Group - Kidney Transplant
    • N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr. / Waukesha, WI
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  • Gundersen Sparta Clinic - Kidney Transplant Clinic
    • 1111 West Wisconsin Street / Sparta, WI
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  • SwedishAmerican Creekside Medical Center - Liver Transplant Clinic
    • 3505 N Bell School Road / Rockford, IL
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Meet our team

Our expert transplant teams

Our team of transplant experts are known worldwide for their research, innovation and continuous focus on improving patient care. Their work to reduce transplant wait times, lessen the need for immunosuppression and improve transplant outcomes has forever changed the world of transplant and organ donation.

Together with our patients and families, we provide personalized care and education through every step of your donation or transplant journey.  

Your transplant care team has expertise in issues specific to transplantation. Our experts include:

  • Adult and pediatric physician specialists in organ failure and transplant, cardiology, gastroenterology, hepatology, nephrology, pulmonology

  • Chaplains

  • Dietitians

  • Financial counselors

  • Health psychologists

  • Nurse practitioners

  • Physician assistants

  • Respiratory therapists

  • Social workers

  • Transplant pharmacists

  • Transplant surgeons

  • Transplant nurse coordinators

Patient and support services

Resources for patients and families

We offer many helpful resources for before and after your transplant.

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