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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.

Transplant Program

913 South 7th Street | Blue Building, Level 1
Minneapolis MN 55415

Clinic hours:

7 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday


612-873-7700 | 888-345-0816

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

Surgical Services

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.

Donating through Laparoscopic Surgery

Living donors donate with advanced laparoscopic technology for improved recovery time and less discomfort.

Living Donors

Donating one's own kidney to a friend or family member is an amazing act of kindness. Here are things to consider.

Visit our Wall of Heroes

Visit our Wall of Heroes website, or visit it on the second floor in our red building by the chapel.

For Transplant Recipients

What you need to know if you are approved for a kidney transplant. 

Transplant Referrals

How you can be referred to Hennepin Healthcare's Transplant Program.

Your Care Team

Your transplant care team consists of a lot of caregivers with a different roles.

Healthy Matters

Kidney Transplants

Dr. Paul Stahler and Jennifer Bodner, RN, BSN, CCTC | 4/22/2018

Hospital-based care

This is a hospital-based clinic owned by Hennepin Healthcare. Many insurance plans pay for health care services provided in a hospital-based clinic differently than those provided in a doctor’s office. Your insurance may require that you meet your annual deductible and/or require that you pay a percentage of the bill rather than just an office visit co-payment. You should check with your insurance company if you have any questions. Read the Frequently asked questions about hospital-based clinics to learn more.

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