At the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center in St. Louis, our team offers a level of expertise and innovation found only among national leaders in organ transplantation. Highly skilled transplant surgeons, nurse transplant coordinators and other specialists provide a comprehensive and compassionate approach to care.
Our doctors conduct and use the latest research, treat high-risk patients, and offer multi-organ transplant to manage especially complex conditions. The depth and breadth of our experience results in new and innovative transplant opportunities for our patients and excellent long-term outcomes.
Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center: Why Choose Us?
Our transplant specialists offer exceptional care at every step of the process: Referral, evaluation, waiting list management, surgery and long-term follow-up care. Your relationship with our transplant team often continues throughout the rest of your life.
High volumes and excellent outcomes
We have one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the country. Our multidisciplinary transplant teams perform hundreds of organ transplants each year.
Available procedures include:
Barnes-Jewish Hospital transplant outcomes consistently exceed national averages. This success is partly because of our partnership with the organ procurement organization Mid-America Transplant, which minimizes the time that organs are in cold storage. As a result, organs work sooner and better after transplantation.
Leaders and innovators in transplantation
Our transplant specialists are on the forefront of innovation as they strive to improve patient care and outcomes:
- Our heart transplant program offers artificial heart devices, including left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) and the total artificial heart, as a temporary bridge to organ transplant for people with heart failure.
- Our kidney transplant program has recipient survival rates that exceed the national average. We helped pioneer living kidney donor transplant, and our doctors developed a minimally invasive surgical method for transplanting kidneys. We use innovative approaches to offer more transplant opportunities than other centers. These include options such as paired-donor kidney transplant, incompatible-donor kidney transplant, en bloc kidney transplant and dual kidney transplant.
- Our pancreas transplant program is the largest in Missouri. We provide pancreas transplants, combined kidney-pancreas transplants, and pancreas-after-kidney transplant. These procedures offer patients a full range of options for managing chronic conditions such as type 1 diabetes.
- Our liver transplant program is one of few in the country to treat patients with cholangiocarcinoma, a form of cancer that develops in the liver bile ducts. We are also a leader in the field for shrinking or removing tumors so that patients are eligible for liver transplantation.
- Our lung transplant program was one of the first in the country and has performed more than 1,500 transplant surgeries since its inception.
An expert transplant team
Our team streamlines your experience by conducting all your care under one roof in a dedicated transplant center. Your multidisciplinary team of specialists collaborates to provide the best possible treatment and support.
This team includes doctors who treat the health condition leading to your transplant—such as nephrologists, cardiologists or pulmonologists—in addition to many other specialists:
- Transplant surgeons
- Transplant nurse coordinators
- Social workers
- Financial coordinators
Your specialists create a personalized medical plan for your transplant and meet weekly to discuss your health needs. During your recovery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, your healthcare providers visit you as a team. These visits provide you with seamless care, ensuring that we answer all your questions.
Your healthcare team also works closely with you and your family to help you prepare for and recover from transplantation—physically, emotionally and financially.
Education and support
We provide you and your loved ones with a variety of education and support services throughout the transplant process. Some of our many offerings include:
- Education sessions about what to expect before, during and after transplant surgery
- Support groups consisting of other patients and family members in various stages of the transplant process
- Mentorship programs, in which a patient who has successfully received a transplant provides you with guidance and support
- One-on-one psychological counseling to help you process emotions surrounding your transplant
- Help with finding nearby lodging for you and your loved ones, if needed
- Assistance with navigating insurance and reimbursement issues
A research-driven approach
Our partnership with Washington University School of Medicine means our patients have access to the latest research and clinical trials. Ongoing research allows our transplant team to stay on the forefront of:
- Early detection and treatment of organ rejection
- Management of transplant medication side effects
- Improved drug regimens for immunosuppression (to prevent organ rejection)
- Evaluation and improvement of donor organ function
- Evolving best practices for transplantation
If you would like more information about organ transplant or would like to make an appointment for an evaluation, please call us at 855.925.0631.