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 200 kidney transplants a year, making us one of the top 10 percent busiest programs in the country. Since our first kidney transplant in 1967, we have performed more than 6,900 kidney transplant surgeries. In September 2011, we completed a six-way, single-institution transplant, the first and largest to date in Ohio, and one of only a handful in the United States. 

Experience: Our Comprehensive Transplant Center has one of the largest organ transplant programs in the nation. We perform more than 475 kidney, liver, pancreas, combined kidney-pancreas, heart and lung transplants each year. Since our program started in 1967, we have performed more than 10,000 lifesaving transplants.

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

Kidney Transplant Candidates

Kidney Transplant Candidates

Solid organ kidney transplant involves surgically implanting a new kidney that has been donated by a deceased or a living donor. Typically, your kidneys are left in place. Kidney transplantation may be a treatment option for patients whose kidneys have permanently failed due to chronic end-stage renal disease caused by:
  • Autoimmune disease: Your body's immune system protects you from disease and infection. But if you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Autoimmune diseases can affect many parts of the body.
  • Congenital abnormalities: A birth defect is a problem that happens while a baby is developing in the mother's body. Most birth defects happen during the first three months of pregnancy. One out of every 33 babies in the United States is born with a birth defect.

    A birth defect may affect how the body looks, works or both. Some birth defects like cleft lip or neural tube defects are structural problems that can be easy to see. To find others, like heart defects, doctors use special tests. Birth defects can vary from mild to severe. 
Your overall health, not your age, is the most important factor in determining if you are a suitable organ recipient. Screenings before transplant ensure that you are in good medical and psychological health and that you have the motivation and support to comply with treatment plans. People who generally are not candidates include those with metastatic cancer, active drug or alcohol abuse, active infection or severe medical problems.

Patient Process

Kidney Transplant Process

Kidney 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 Transplant Team

Kidney Transplant Team

Our Comprehensive Transplant Center treatment team includes:

Frequently Asked Questions

Kidney Transplant Frequently Asked Questions

Kidney Transplant Frequently Asked Questions

How to Ask for a Living Kidney Donation

How to ask for a living kidney donation

How to ask for a living kidney donation

If you need a kidney transplant, your best option is to receive a kidney from a living donor; but easier said than done! 

The truth is there is an enormous physical and emotional toll of living with end-stage kidney disease, not to mention the exhaustion of dialysis treatment. So it is not a surprise that finding a living donor can be overwhelming. In fact, the conversation is so difficult more than half of all people in need of a kidney transplant do not even ask one person to donate

Though you may not want to ask, often friends and family members are eager to spread the word for you and help identify potential living donors. 

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Patient Success Stories

Kidney Recipient 30+ Years After Transplantation

After more than 30 years of living with a kidney transplant, Rick has come away with a very important life lesson: don’t take anything for granted.

Nicaraguan Travels to OSU for Kidney Transplant

With the assistance of OSU's Destination Medicine and Concierge Program, Tito (age 47) was able to travel from Nicaragua to Ohio State's Comprehensive Transplant Center for a living kidney donor transplant from his brother.

Kidney Transplant Recipient Has Baby After 10 Year Wait

After a decade battle with kidney disease, Bethany is finally able to start her family, thanks to a living kidney donation transplanted at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center.

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