Transplant Center / A Message from Our Director

A Message from Our Director

Welcome to the Vanderbilt Transplant Center. On this website you'll find general information about transplantation and an introduction to specific transplant services offered at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.Dr. Seth Karp

Vanderbilts transplant services have a long history of excellence. For more than 50 years, beginning with our first transplant in 1962, we have helped restore more than 7,000 people to health. Vanderbilt currently offers vibrant programs in liver, kidney, pancreas, heart, lung and bone marrow transplantation.

In 2015, the center performed 133 liver, 221 kidney/pancreas, 65 heart and 27 lung transplants. Outcomes across our programs meet or exceed national standards.

Quality drives everything we do. We are proud of our outstanding results and recognition as a center of distinction and excellence by national health care organizations. We dedicate significant resources to program-wide initiatives that ensure the very best outcome for every patient who places trust in us.

Our approach recognizes the entire transplant process: We have specialists dedicated to education, social and psychological support, medication and helping patients return to a full and productive life after their transplant.

Our recently opened pediatric liver transplant program complements our adult program and serves child and adolescent patients throughout the region.

We are fortunate to be part of Vanderbilt, a world-class research institution. This allows our patients access to clinical trials, supporting robust research programs that improve care for all transplant patients.

Our center has taken steps to improve communication with referring physicians for easier referrals, faster appointments and better access for patients.

Thank you for your interest in our programs. Please don't hesitate to call to answer any questions you might have.

Seth Karp, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Interim Director, Vanderbilt Transplant Center