A Reputation of Transplantation Excellence
University of Cincinnati Medical Center Cincinnati Transplant Center has been a leader in organ transplantation for over 40 years. The first solid organ transplant in Cincinnati was a kidney transplant performed here in 1967 – a kidney that functioned for 32 years. We have since remained at the forefront of organ transplantation technology.
Our program’s well-deserved reputation for excellence attracts physicians and other health care providers who are involved in the latest research and have years of experience, resulting in advanced treatments for transplant that directly benefit our patients.
Recognized for Our Role in Supporting Organ Donation
Every day, approximately 77 people receive an organ transplant. Unfortunately, 19 people die every day while waiting for transplants due to a shortage of donated organs. At University of Cincinnati Medical Center Cincinnati Transplant Center, we’re committed to giving each candidate every possible opportunity for successful transplantation. We’re also committed to increasing awareness of the need for organ donation.
Since the first living kidney donor transplant was performed in 1954, thousands of patients have received transplants from living and deceased donors. But many people do not receive the lifesaving transplants they need due to a lack of donated organs.
According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, there are over 108,000 people currently waiting for transplant surgery – with just about 5,800 organ donors. Donors are people who have consented to donate vital organs after death. The number of people in need of a transplant continues to rise faster than the number of available donors. That’s why University of Cincinnati Medical Center Cincinnati Transplant Center encourages live donation when appropriate and dedicates resources to educating people everywhere so they know that organ donation saves lives.
Providing Access to More Potential Donors with Paired Kidney Donation
Over half of all kidney transplants are from living donors. For the transplant to be successful, the donor and recipient must have the same blood type and be compatible in other ways, as well. But in about three out of 10 cases, the volunteer kidney donor is not compatible.
University of Cincinnati Medical Center Cincinnati Kidney Transplant Program participates in a unique program – Paired Kidney Donation – that helps patients whose only donor(s) does not have the right blood type or is not compatible. For example, if you need a new kidney and your donor is not compatible, you may be paired with another potential recipient and donor in the same situation. You may be compatible with this new donor and your donor may be compatible with this new recipient – and both people who need transplants can receive them.