Announcing the Pleasant T. Rowland Transplant Clinic

Proposed design for new clinic entrance

Preliminary, conceptual image of new clinic entrance | Image credit: Flad Architects of Madison, Wis.



Pleasant Rowland, founder of Pleasant Company (now American Girl) and well-known Madison philanthropist, has donated $10 million toward the construction of a new transplant clinic at University Hospital. The clinic will be named the Pleasant T. Rowland Transplant Clinic


Ms. Rowland lived with kidney failure for almost 20 years before receiving a kidney transplant with our team.

Pleasant's Story

Through her gratitude for her gift of life, Ms. Rowland was inspired to give a gift to others seeking a second chance at life. Read her story



“It feels nearly impossible to say thank you enough to the kidney donor who saved my life and to the many doctors and staff at University Hospital who made it happen,” said Rowland. “This gift today is my way of saying thank you to the team for the incredible care I received here, to the many donors and their families for making such a selfless choice, and as a gift to all the transplant recipients who will come here seeking a second chance at life.”


“It’s been an honor and privilege to care for Pleasant who inspires us to dream big and deliver remarkable care,” says Dr. Arjang (Aji) Djamali, chief of nephrology. “Pleasant’s kind and generous gift will significantly improve patient and provider experience for all solid organ transplant recipients in Wisconsin and beyond.”


Beginning in spring 2021, UW Health will launch an extensive plan to construct the new transplant clinic and update the Hospital Entrance area at University Hospital. The new transplant clinic will improve patient access, significantly expand clinical space, allow for improved technology and patient education, and add patient comfort features.


“The relationship of transplant recipients and organ donors has always been defined by incredible acts of generosity and gratitude, and this gift today is just one more chapter in that amazing story,” said Dr. Alan Kaplan, CEO.


“We are so grateful to Ms. Rowland for her generosity and vision,” says Dr. Dixon B. Kaufman, medical director, UW Health Transplant Center. “She experienced our commitment to patient-centered care, and her gift reinforces that commitment and allows us to continue to expand and improve the way we care for people from across the nation.”  




View a brief slideshow featuring preliminary, conceptual images of the new Pleasant T. Rowland Transplant Clinic. Image credit: Flad Architects of Madison, Wis.