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Transplant Center

The Vanderbilt Transplant Center is a leading provider of organ transplantation in the Southeast, giving hundreds of people new hope and longer life each year. In 2019, we celebrated our 30th year of providing lifesaving transplants to people from all over the world. As Tennessee’s only full-service transplant center, we offer the most advanced care for end-stage organ failure in children and adults. Our transplant specialists also perform lifesaving dual-organ transplants, including heart-kidney, heart-liver, heart-lung, kidney-pancreas and liver-kidney.

COVID-19: Guidance for Transplant Care

See our COVID-19 information specific to transplant patients.

Why Choose Transplant Center at Vanderbilt

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    Knowledge and experience

    Vanderbilt is one of the largest, most experienced transplant centers in the Southeast in terms of the number of transplants we perform. Our teams have transplanted more than 10,000 solid organs since 1962. We achieved a new record in 2021 with 645 transplants performed here that year, giving us a UNOS ranking as the fifth-largest transplant center in the country.

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    Superior outcomes

    Our outcomes rank among the best in the country. This means our patients often recover faster than the national average, with fewer complications.

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    Advanced care

    Many medical centers only perform single organ transplants. But our team has the training and resources to perform dual-organ transplants for adults and children facing the failure of more than one organ. That means you receive both organs during the same surgery.

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    Innovation

    Our researchers not only use the latest research in transplant care, but also pioneer some of the latest innovations. Vanderbilt is one of the leading medical centers using organs from donors with hepatitis C, successfully treating that condition and resulting in shorter waiting times for patients. Vanderbilt researchers also launched the PREDICT program. It uses genetic testing to predict which transplant patients are likely to develop serious side effects from a common anti-rejection drug.

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    Latest technology

    We use the most advanced technology as part of our care. We’re the only medical center in Tennessee to study the use of a technique called ex-vivo perfusion when transporting livers, hearts and lungs for transplantation. It helps preserve the quality of the organs before they are transplanted into a waiting patient. Vanderbilt was also the first medical center in the state to successfully transplant a total artificial heart.

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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 heart and liver transplants to our nation’s veterans. We also coordinate with the VA to arrange for dual organ and kidney transplantation.

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    Pediatric transplants

    Our smallest patients have a dedicated team of specialists who are as knowledgeable as they are comforting. We provide pediatric heart, kidney and liver transplants through Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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    Coordinated pharmacy services

    Our transplant pharmacists offer the highest level of care and expertise for transplant patients. Each transplant pharmacist works directly with doctors and staff to monitor patients' care plans.