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Why choose Ohio State for kidney-pancreas transplant?

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 12,000 lifesaving organ transplants including 8,000 kidney transplants and 970 kidney-pancreas transplants. We are also among the busiest kidney-pancreas centers in the world and the only adult transplant center in central Ohio. Our first combined kidney-pancreas transplant was performed in 1988.

Leading-edge treatments: We are one of the few sites in North America approved to process pancreatic islet cells for transplantation that may cure type 1 diabetes.

Kidney-pancreas transplant research: We participate in clinical trials of new immunosuppressive drugs and antirejection therapies.

Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Candidates

Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Candidates

People whose kidneys have failed because of type 1 diabetes may be best served by combined kidney-pancreas transplantation. Under these circumstances, the diabetic usually receives both a kidney and a pancreas from a single deceased donor. The transplant candidate may obtain a combined kidney-pancreas transplant prior to the need for dialysis.

Candidates for kidney-pancreas transplantation must show that they are able and willing to be involved in their own care. A great deal of the transplant’s success depends on the patient’s ability to take medications as instructed and to follow the recommendations of the transplant surgeons and nurses. 

Kidney-pancreas transplantation is not an option for people with type 2 diabetes because their tissues are not able to use insulin effectively. However, a kidney transplant is an option for people with type 2 diabetes who experience kidney failure. People who also aren't generally candidates include those with metastatic cancer, active infection or severe medical problems.

Patient Process

Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Process

Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Process

A goal of our Comprehensive Transplant Center is to ensure our transplant patients experience a thorough continuity of services through the entire transplant process, including pre-transplant evaluation, communication throughout the waiting process, acute medical care during and following surgery, intensive outpatient treatment, post-transplant outpatient visits and ongoing telephone follow-up.

Treatment Team

Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Team

Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Team

Our Comprehensive Transplant Center treatment team includes:

Frequently Asked Questions

Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Frequently Asked Questions

Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Frequently Asked Questions

Tips From Our Experts

What is transplant nephrology?

Uday Nori, MD, a physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, explains transplant nephrology.

Why OSU for kidney and pancreas care?

Ohio State is one of the top 10 centers for kidney and pancreas transplantation, according to transplant nephrologist, Dr. Nori.
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