Learn more about how Ohio State is leading the way in organ transplantation!
Why choose Ohio State for kidney transplant?
Expertise: We perform more than 250 kidney transplants a year, including adult living donor transplants, making us one of the top 10 transplant programs by volume in the United States. A kidney transplant from a living donor is the best option for a patient with end-stage kidney disease. Our program is focused on expanding access to living kidney donation by overcoming blood type incompatibility through our kidney donor exchange program. In early 2020, we completed an 8-way kidney donor exchange consisting of 8 living donors and 8 recipients. This bested our previous chain, a 6-way, performed in 2011. Our 8-way is the largest, single-institution living kidney donor exchange to date in Ohio, and one of only a handful in the country.
Experience: Our Comprehensive Transplant Center has one of the largest organ transplant programs in the nation and is a preferred provider for all major insurance companies. Each year we perform nearly 600 kidney, liver, pancreas, combined kidney-pancreas, heart and lung transplants. Since our program started in 1967, we have performed 11,000 lifesaving organ transplants including 7,400 kidney transplants. We rank first in the state of Ohio for kidney transplant outcomes, above the national average (source: SRTR data, released July 6, 2021).
Kidney transplant research: We participate in clinical trials of new immunosuppressive drugs and antirejection therapies including novel cell therapy to prevent kidney transplant failure.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the only location in Ohio to offer the FREEDOM-1 study, a Phase 3 clinical trial to potentially free kidney transplant patients from the lifelong burden of anti-rejection medicine. If you plan to receive a kidney transplant from a living donor, you and your living donor may be eligible to participate.