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Kidney Transplant

Kidney Transplant Program

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is home to one of the largest, most experienced kidney transplant teams in the U.S., and is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report for the treatment of kidney disease. Since 1963, Washington University transplant surgeons have performed more than 3,000 kidney transplants at Barnes-Jewish. The team now averages more than 200 kidney transplant surgeries annually, including more than half of all kidney transplants in Missouri.

Beginning in December of 2014 in an effort to best serve patients waiting for a kidney transplant, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) changed the way matches are made for donor kidneys and the recipient. If you are currently waiting for a kidney transplant, learn more about these changes and how it may affect your place on the waiting list in the UNOS Kidney Allocation brochure.

Kidney transplant survival rates at Barnes-Jewish, which continually exceed national averages, are a reflection of the program’s expertise. Our acute rejection rate following a kidney transplant is less than 5 percent — one of the lowest kidney transplant rejection rate in the world. Medical doctors, surgeons and support staff also work together to decrease post-surgical complications and overall length of hospitalization for kidney transplant recipients.

The success of our transplant program is based on factors including a thorough medical evaluation of each patient to determine eligibility and a full discussion of options, including alternatives to transplant. Educational resources, one-on-one counseling, and support through services like the Transplant Mentor Program are offered to all patients prior to, during, and after transplant surgery.

Both patients and referring physicians interested in exploring organ transplant at Barnes-Jewish have a wide range of resources available to them. When transplant surgery is identified as the best treatment approach, our multidisciplinary team of kidney transplant specialists works in partnership with referring physicians and patients to manage their illness until a suitable organ becomes available.

Internationally Recognized Research

Patients at Barnes-Jewish benefit from active basic and clinical research laboratories investigating a variety of aspects of kidney transplant and kidney failure. Washington University scientists are known around the world for their ongoing development and refinement of immunosuppressive therapy to prevent rejection and their strategies to prevent infection. Because of the aggressive immunotherapy research, the Washington University physicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital have one of the lowest delayed kidney transplant function rates in the world at less than 5 percent (the national average is 30 percent).

Transplant Options

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is at the forefront of innovation in kidney transplants. Washington University kidney transplant specialists were pioneers in living donor transplants and have helped advance the living-donor paired kidney exchange so more people than ever can benefit from kidney transplant.


For additional information or to begin a transplant evaluation, call .

Ambrose Perkins

Ambrose Perkins was an active father and grandfather. He enjoyed his job as a bus driver, and he especially loved fishing, spending much of his free time with a rod and reel. When hypertension caused his kidneys to fail, Ambrose's doctors told him a transplant was his best bet for a normal life. Because none of his family members were donor candidates, he went on the waiting list for a donor organ. One day, as Ambrose told his boss about his condition, his friend and co-worker, Kim Monroe, overheard and offered to donate her kidney. Ambrose thought she was kidding. But Kim made an appointment to be evaluated as a donor and drove to Barnes-Jewish for an extensive work up. It turned out that Kim's kidney was a close match for Ambrose. On Nov. 15, 2005, Kim underwent a mini-nephrectomy - a minimally invasive donor procedure developed at Barnes-Jewish, and Ambrose received her healthy kidney. Both were out of the hospital within a week. Thanks to the skill of his doctors, the support of the transplant center team, and the generosity of his co-worker, Ambrose is reeling in fish once again.

 

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