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Kidney Transplant

Vanderbilt Health is one of the oldest and largest kidney transplant programs in the country, providing patients with excellent outcomes and access to innovative new research and treatments. By pioneering new approaches, we are able to serve more patients, including high-risk patients who may not be candidates for transplantation at other medical centers. Our specialists also perform lifesaving dual-organ transplants for patients with liver- kidney or heart-kidney dysfunction.

Is kidney transplant right for you?

Conditions We Treat

Meet Your Care Team

Bernard J. Dubray
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4.7

Bernard J. DubrayJr, MD

    Dialysis Access, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Laparoscopic Kidney Donor Surgery, Pancreas Transplantation, Pediatric Kidney Transplant, Pediatric Surgery, Renal Transplantation
Kareem R. Eid

Kareem R. EidMD

    Dialysis Access, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Laparoscopic and Robotic Donor Surgery, Pancreas Transplantation, Pediatric Surgery, Renal Transplantation, Renal/Kidney Transplantation
Rachel C. Forbes
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4.8

Rachel C. ForbesMD, MBA, FACS

    Dialysis Access, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Laparoscopic and Robotic Donor Surgery, Pancreas Transplantation, Pediatric Kidney Transplant, Pediatric Surgery, Renal Transplantation
Laura A. Hickman

Laura A. HickmanMD

    Dialysis Access, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Laparoscopic and Robotic Donor Surgery, Pancreas Transplantation, Pediatric Surgery, Renal Transplantation, Renal/Kidney Transplantation
David Shaffer
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4.3

David ShafferMD

    Dialysis Access, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Pancreas Transplantation, Pediatric Kidney Transplant, Pediatric Surgery, Renal Transplantation, Renal/Kidney Transplantation
Laura A. Binari

Laura A. BinariMD

    Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
Kelly A. Birdwell
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4.9

Kelly A. BirdwellBA, MD, MSCI

    Kidney Transplantation, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
Beatrice P. Concepcion
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4.9

Beatrice P. ConcepcionMD

    Kidney Transplantation, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
Hal Helderman
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4.8

Hal HeldermanMD

    Kidney Transplantation, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
Anthony J. Langone
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4.8

Anthony J. LangoneMD

    Amyloidosis, Kidney Transplantation, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
Bonnie A. Sarrell
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4.9

Bonnie A. SarrellMD

    Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
Heidi M. Schaefer
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4.9

Heidi M. SchaeferMD

    Kidney Transplantation, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
Saed H. Shawar
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4.9

Saed H. ShawarMBBS

    Kidney Transplantation, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
Cassandra Bruns

Cassandra BrunsAPRN, DNP, FNP

    Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Transplant
April L. Demers
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4.9

April L. DemersAPRN, MSN, BSN

    End Stage Kidney Disease, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Renal Transplantation, Surgical Problems in Patients with Pancreas Disease, Transplant, Transplant Surgery
Princess J. Shelton
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4.9

Princess J. SheltonFNP

    Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Renal Transplantation, Transplant, Transplant Surgery

Why Choose Kidney Transplant at Vanderbilt

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    Knowledge and experience

    Vanderbilt Health is the largest kidney transplant program in Tennessee, performing more than 250 transplants each year. That means our specialists have the expertise to perform the most complex transplant procedures with excellent outcomes.

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    Team approach

    We work together to ensure that you receive the comprehensive care you need. Our team members collaborate with each other, as well as with experts in other medical disciplines, to provide you with individual care that addresses your unique needs.

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    Living donor kidney program

    We offer a living donor kidney transplant program to reduce wait times for a healthy kidney. A kidney from a living donor also gives patients a better chance of a longer, healthier life.

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    Faster access to organs

    We can successfully treat recipients of kidneys from donors affected by hepatitis C so they can safely receive them. This shortens wait times by making more organs available to our patients.

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    Paired donor exchange

    We offer paired kidney donations for patients who have a willing living donor with an incompatible blood type or tissue. This allows the incompatible pair to exchange a kidney with another donor/recipient pair on the wait list. Both recipients receive a healthy kidney with a shorter wait time. We also work with other transplant centers around the nation to create chains of kidney donors and recipients and speed up the transplant process for more people.

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    Blood type compatibility

    Vanderbilt is one of a few transplant centers in the country that regularly transplants kidneys from donors with blood types A2/A2B into patients with blood type B. This type of transplantation can reduce your wait time for a healthy kidney.

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    Veterans' care

    We are one of only a few transplant programs designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide organ transplant services to our nation’s veterans.

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    Pediatric care

    We know our smallest patients require a dedicated team of specialists as knowledgeable as they are comforting in their approach to pediatric care. That’s why we provide pediatric transplant services through the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:
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    Cardiac function evaluation
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    Imaging tests
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    Kidney transplant
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    Kidney-heart transplant
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    Kidney-liver transplant
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    Kidney-pancreas transplant

Locations

1301 Medical Center Drive, Suite 2501
Nashville, TN 37232
1500 21st Avenue South, Suite 3400
Nashville, TN 37212
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
800 Weatherly Drive, Suite 201B
Clarksville, TN 37043
1616 West Main Street, Suite 201B
Lebanon, TN 37087
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    APOLLO Network

    We are proud to be part of the APOL1 Long-Term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes (APOLLO) Network, a national study supported by the NIH that is working to address racial disparities in kidney transplant outcomes.