When people reach the end of the useful life of one or both of their kidneys through disease, the option beyond dialysis--a mechanical medical cleaning procedure that substitutes for the work of the kidneys--is typically transplantation. Because people have two kidneys, a living donor may provide a kidney for a medically compatible person. While once considered experimental and dangerous, since the first successful kidney transplant in a human in 1954, the procedure has become a viable treatment option.
The Mayo Clinic states that its surgeons perform 450 kidney transplants each year. The Mayo Clinic has treatment locations in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona. Along with providing immunosuppression therapy for kidney recipients, which is required in all transplants to prevent the person’s body from rejecting the organ as a foreign material, the Mayo Clinic assists children and adults with transplants from living donors as well as from deceased ones.
The Mayo Clinic 200 First Street S.W. Rochester, MN 55905 507-538-3270 mayoclinic.org
In 2009, Cleveland Clinic staff completed 161 kidney transplants. According to the Cleveland Clinic website, their kidney transplant program is part of a broad medical and surgical strategy to manage kidney disease with the therapy most appropriate for the patient, up to and including kidney transplants
The Cleveland Clinic 9500 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44195 216-444-6996 my.clevelandclinic.org
Ranked by the magazine U.S. News & World Report as among the best hospitals for patients with kidney disease, Cedars-Sinai offers a full range of kidney transplant options. For example, for people who suffer from Type I diabetes as well as renal failure, the hospital performs a transplantation of a new pancreas at the same time as the kidney.
Cedars-Sinai 8700 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90048 310-423-3277 cedars-sinai.edu
Albany Medical Center
Albany Medical Center, located in the capital of New York, started its kidney transplant program in 1969. According to the medical center's website, the average staff member has been with the transplant program for 10 years. The hospital’s Division of Renal and Pancreatic Transplant Services claims experience in transplantation because of its long-standing program.
Albany Medical Center 43 New Scotland Avenue Albany, NY 12208 518-262-5614 amc.edu
Johns Hopkins Hospital, associated with Johns Hopkins University, claims one of the oldest kidney transplant services in the United States. Started in 1968, the organization has a dedicated team of doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals to help the person through the transplant process.
Johns Hopkins Hospital 600 North Wolfe Street Baltimore, MD 21231 410-955-5464 hopkinsmedicine.org
Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Stanford Hospital & Clinic's website boasts “the best one-year survival rate” of approximately 98 percent of patients receiving transplants of kidneys and pancreases. The organization is associated with Stanford University. The hospital administration states that it has performed more than 1,200 kidney transplants since the Kidney Transplant Program began in 1991.
Stanford Hospital & Clinics Boswell Building 300 Pasteur Drive Suite A160 Stanford, CA 94305 650-725-9891 stanfordhospital.org