Kidney Transplant

The Vanderbilt Kidney Transplant Program is one of the oldest and largest programs in the country. We offer innovative treatment options for kidney diseases in addition to kidney transplantation. Our specialists also perform lifesaving dual-organ transplants for patients with liver-kidney dysfunction or heart-kidney dysfunction. We have performed more than 6,000 pediatric and adult kidney transplants since our program started, giving us deep expertise with even the most complex cases.

Conditions We Treat

Meet Your Care Team

Bernard J. Dubray
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4.6

Bernard J. DubrayJr, MD

    Dialysis Access, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Laparoscopic Kidney Donor Surgery, Pancreas Transplantation, Pediatric Kidney Transplant, Pediatric Surgery, Renal Transplantation
Rachel C. Forbes
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4.7

Rachel C. ForbesMD, MBA, FACS

    Dialysis Access, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Laparoscopic Kidney Donor Surgery, Pancreas Transplantation, Pediatric Kidney Transplant, Pediatric Surgery, Renal Transplantation
Douglas A. Hale

Douglas A. HaleMD

    Dialysis Access, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Laparoscopic Kidney Donor Surgery, Pancreas Transplantation, Pediatric Kidney Transplant, Pediatric Surgery, Renal Transplantation
David Shaffer
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4.6

David ShafferMD

    Dialysis Access, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Laparoscopic Kidney Donor Surgery, Pancreas Transplantation, Pediatric Kidney Transplant, Pediatric Surgery, Renal Transplantation
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

    Amyloidosis, Kidney Transplantation, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
Alp Ikizler

Alp IkizlerMD

    Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Hematuria, Hypertension, Nephrology, Proteinuria
Harold Helderman
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4.8

Harold 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
Heidi M. Schaefer
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4.9

Heidi M. SchaeferMD

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

Saed H. ShawarMBBS

    Kidney Transplantation, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
April L. Demers
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4.8

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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Princess J. SheltonFNP

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

Why Choose Kidney Transplant at Vanderbilt

  • Knowledge and experience

    The Vanderbilt Kidney Transplant Program is the largest in Tennessee, performing more than 200 transplants per year. Our specialists have the expertise and advanced training to perform even the most complex transplant procedures with excellent outcomes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Faster access to organs

    We can successfully treat recipients of kidneys from donors affected by hepatitis C so they can safely receive them. This speeds the transplant process by making more organs available.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Veterans care

    We work closely with the Nashville VA Medical Center to care for veterans who need kidney transplantation services.

  • 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 kidney transplants through the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Our pediatric program offers your child the most advanced, compassionate care throughout the transplant process.

  • Support services

    Our transplant center provides many support services, including social workers, transplant pharmacists and a dedicated nurse coordinator. They will guide you through the transplant process. We also offer a unique return-to-work program to help you resume employment and restore your emotional and financial well-being.

  • Innovation

    Our researchers are dedicated to developing new and more effective approaches to care. We not only apply the latest research, but also pioneer some of the latest innovations. You may have access to treatments before they are widely available.

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

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