A kidney has 24-48 hours to be transplanted. It's a small, critical window of time that requires teams of experts ready to do their part to make the transplant happen.
At UVA, we've been doing kidney transplants for over 40 years. From our surgeons to our transplant coordinators, you will find team members whose experience in the field and working together gives you the best chance for a successful kidney transplant.
Begin the transplant journey: Find out if you're eligible for a kidney transplant.
Kidney Transplant Research & News
We won an award for excellence in teamwork during the 2015 paired kidney donor exchange.
Transplant Clinical Trials
At UVA, our primary goal is to improve your quality of life. Our drug studies look at ways to reduce and manage the effects of organ transplant rejection and reduce complications from those drugs.
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The Gift of a Kidney
Mike Miller needed a kidney transplant, and he knew where he wanted to have it. A UVA employee who interacts with a number of nurses, Miller trusted the care he would receive. “It’s why I had my surgery here,” he says.
While Miller's recovery from the transplant proved to be harder than he expected, the gift of a kidney from a friend made a big difference in his life.
Read about Miller's experience being a kidney transplant recipient.
Living Donation Benefits
A kidney for transplantation may come from a living or deceased donor. Living donors are often family members or close friends. The benefits of living donation include:
- A shorter waiting time
- The ability to schedule surgery to accommodate the needs of the recipient and donor
- A kidney from a living donor will likely function longer than one from a deceased donor
Find out about what's involved with a living kidney donation.