Pancreas Transplant

The Vanderbilt Pancreas Transplant Program is one of only a few in Tennessee that provides pancreas transplants.

Our comprehensive care team offers compassionate, advanced care when your pancreas can no longer produce insulin and other medical therapies stop working. At Vanderbilt, our pancreas transplant team offers new hope when you need it most. 

Pancreas Transplant: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Shorter wait times: In a region with high organ donation rates, our patients wait less time than the national rate for a pancreas transplant. Our median time to pancreas transplant is 7.1 months, compared with national wait times of more than 37.4 months.
  • Innovative research: Our researchers not only apply the latest research in transplant care, but also pioneer some of the latest innovations. At Vanderbilt, our researchers launched the PREDICT program. This program uses genetic testing to help determine which anti-rejection drugs and doses are best for you. 
  • Support services: Our transplant center offers a variety of support services, from social workers to transplant pharmacists, to help 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. View our support services.

Pancreas Transplant: Conditions

  • Type 1 diabetes: With this condition, the pancreas cannot make insulin. Insulin is the hormone that breaks down glucose (sugar) in the blood.

Pancreas Transplant: Treatments

  • Pancreas transplant: During a pancreas transplant, you will undergo surgery to receive a healthy pancreas from a deceased donor. The surgeon will connect your new pancreas to your intestines so your body can begin to create insulin again.
  • Pancreas after kidney transplant: For patients who have previously received a healthy kidney, usually from a living donor, we perform a subsequent pancreas transplant when a deceased donor becomes available.
  • Simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant: A surgical procedure to implant a healthy kidney and pancreas from the same deceased donor at the same time. You may be eligible for this type of transplant if your type 1 diabetes and chronic kidney disease is causing dual-organ failure.

Pancreas Transplant: Locations

Nashville
Vanderbilt Kidney-Pancreas Transplant
The Vanderbilt Clinic
1301 Medical Center Drive, Suite 2501A
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 936-0695
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Madison, AL
Vanderbilt Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Madison, AL
Madison Medical Park Professional Building
8371 Hwy 72, Suite 204
Madison, AL 35758
(615) 936-0695
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Pancreas Transplant: For Referring Physicians

If you have a patient who needs to be assessed for a pancreas transplant, we have the expertise, resources and support that are essential for a successful transplant. To arrange a consultation or make a referral, complete our online referral form or contact our pancreas transplant team at (615) 936-0695.