Years of Lifesaving Organ Transplants

Since our transplant program first began in 1967, the Comprehensive Transplant Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has become a world leader in lifesaving care and transplant research, providing heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas and kidney-pancreas transplants.

Our established team of specialty trained transplant experts includes: 

  • Disease specialists
  • Transplant surgeons
  • Infectious disease physicians
  • Transplant coordinators
  • Advanced practice providers
  • Social workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Transplant pharmacists

Being an academic medical center allows us access to the latest treatments and clinical trials of new immunosuppressive drugs and anti-rejection therapies. Our current standard of care is using prednisone-free immunosuppressive medications, a regimen available to about one quarter of all patients in the United States.

Transplant Firsts at Ohio State


Living donor kidney transplant (Ohio State’s first organ transplant)


One of the first centers in the U.S. to study cyclosporine, an immunosuppressant that revolutionized transplantation


Liver transplant (first in Ohio)


Pancreas transplant


Heart transplant


Combined kidney-pancreas transplant


Lung transplant


Double lung transplant

Laparoscopic kidney donor surgery


Combined heart-double lung transplant kidney paired donation


One of very few sites in North America approved to process pancreatic islet cells for transplantation that may cure type 1 diabetes

Fourth institution in the country certified to implant the temporary CardioWest™ Total Artificial Heart, which serves as a bridge to transplant


Islet cell transplant

Six-way kidney transplant – largest living donor kidney transplant chain performed in Ohio to date


Lung-kidney transplant (only 37 performed is U.S. since 1995)

One of only 20 centers nationwide chosen to participate in the NOVEL clinical trial with XVIVO Perfusion, potentially doubling the donor pool of lungs for transplantation


Split liver transplant


Living donor liver transplant (one of two locations able to perform in Ohio)

One of a select few transplant centers currently involved in the normo thermic ex-vivo liver perfusion clinical phase study


Heart-liver transplant


Eight-way kidney transplant – largest single-institution living donor kidney transplant chain performed in Ohio to date

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