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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.
We are one of just six centers in the nation — and the only center in Wisconsin — actively transplanting adult and pediatric patients requiring heart, kidney, liver, lung, pancreas, multi-organ or renal autotransplant. 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 Health Resources and Services Administration 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.
Our history is rich in innovations that forever changed the world of transplantation, including the discovery of UW Solution, the first successful cold-storage fluid developed to maintain donated organs during transport to the recipient, used for decades in organ recoveries worldwide; and CellCept, one of the most widely adopted anti-rejection medicines.
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.
Renowned adult, pediatric and living donor 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 living donation programs are among the largest and most successful in the nation. Our personalized services separate our program from other large transplant centers. We welcome you to our transplant and donation family.
Learn more about our adult organ transplant programs:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pancreas/kidney transplant — We are the largest combined kidney/pancreas transplant program in the United States. A pancreas/kidney transplant ends diabetes and replaces a kidney damaged by the disease. Learn more about our pancreas-kidney transplant quality
Autologous islet cell — An autologous islet cell transplant treats chronic pancreatitis. Your damaged pancreas is removed and your islet cells are placed in your liver where they make insulin. Learn more about our autologous islet cell transplant clinic
A renal autotransplant helps people who suffer chronic loin pain, most commonly due to loin pain hematuria or nutcracker disease. We are the largest renal autotransplant program in the nation serving adults and adolescents.
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.
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 Kids heart, kidney, liver, lung, pancreas, renal auto and multiple-organ transplant programs and support services.
Our team focuses on you and your specific needs before, during and after your transplant and donation experience.
Our histocompatibility lab provides clinical services and research specific to transplant patients and donors to ensure the highest level of organ matching.
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.
Pharmacists with expertise in transplant will assist you with your medication education and management.
We provide ways you can help others better understand the importance of organ donation and transplantation:
Our team facilitates correspondence between recipients and deceased donor family members.
Learn how we’re improving transplantation, read inspiring stories and discover ways you can save more lives by promoting organ donation.
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.
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.
The Pleasant T. Rowland Transplant Clinic represents a new era of transplant care. The full spectrum of adult transplant services are available in a modern clinic located just inside the University Hospital Clinics Entrance.
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
Transplant nurse coordinators
Patient and support services
Resources for patients and families
We offer many helpful resources for before and after your transplant.
COVID-19 FAQ for people in need of transplant
COVID-19 continues to be a risk to transplant patients. Please stay current on vaccines. Please note that masking is required in the Pleasant T. Rowland Transplant Clinic and when visiting a transplant patient. Note: Visitor restrictions apply. View the guidelines
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