Kidney Transplant Program
The Hennepin Healthcare Transplant Program is a collaborative effort among professionals who specialize in the pre-transplant, operative, and long-term follow-up care of End-Stage Renal disease patients, in partnership with their primary physician or nephrologist. We have performed almost 3,000 kidney transplants with an increasing percentage involving living donors.
The Hennepin Healthcare Transplant Program
- Performed the first kidney transplant in 1963 in the upper midwest - since then have performed close to 3,000 kidney transplants with an increasing percentage being living kidney donations
- Performed the first dialysis treatment in 1963 in the upper midwest
- Performed the first laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy in 1998 in the upper midwest
- Completed the first paired exchange transplant in 2010 in the upper midwest
- 75% of Native American transplants in the upper midwest occur at Hennepin Healthcare and community education efforts are supported through a HRSA grant
- Assists with transplant education support to the dialysis community with Explore Transplant (a nonprofit program founded to disseminate transplant education on a national level)
- Contributes to the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, an Hennepin Healthcare non-profit leader in research dedicated to investigating causes and treatments for diseases
- Is an academic teaching institution and trains physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and social workers preparing them for their future medical career
Physicians in the Division of Transplant and Vascular Access Surgery provide services including renal transplantation and vascular access therapies for chronic dialysis. In addition, all other areas of general surgical care for the chronic dialysis patient are provided. The following surgical and therapeutic services are provided:
- Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy
- Peritoneal dialysis
- Renal transplantation
- Vascular access for hemodialysis
Hennepin Healthcare houses the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). The SRTR supports ongoing evaluation of the status of solid organ transplantation in the United States.
The SRTR is administered by the Chronic Disease Research Group of the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation.
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