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Organ Transplantation Program

Northwestern Medicine is a leader in transplant innovation, performing numerous groundbreaking procedures.

Northwestern Medicine Organ Transplantation

The Northwestern Medicine Organ Transplant Center is the longest continual provider of organ transplantation in Chicago. Since its first transplant in 1964, Northwestern Medicine has provided new organs for more than 6,000 people and has become a pioneer in transplantation research.

Watch Alberto and Soledad talk about their transplant experience and learn about the Living Donor Kidney Program from our medical and surgical team.

Why choose Northwestern Medicine for organ transplantation?

The Northwestern Medicine Organ Transplant Center is a leader in research, innovation and patient care in the Midwest. Our teams span the spectrum of basic science, translational and clinical research, and offer novel approaches to immunosuppression, including human clinical trials in immune tolerance, state-of-the-art genomic and proteomic immune monitoring, and health services and outcomes research.

In addition, Northwestern Medicine:

  • Transplants more than 400 organs each year, making the program among the top nationally in patient outcomes and the number of transplants performed
  • Has performed more than 4,000 kidney transplants since the program’s inception
  • Is one of the largest living donor kidney transplant programs in the country
  • Is one of the largest living donor programs in the United States
  • Has become a premier center for islet cell transplantation for diabetic patients

Organ donor registration

Register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor and provide hope today to those in need.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Celebrates 25th Anniversary of First Liver Transplant

Although Northwestern Memorial Hospital conducted its first kidney transplant in 1964, it did not expand its services to include pancreas and liver transplantation until 1993. While much has changed since those early days of organ transplantation, The Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center continues to be a leader in research and innovation.

Watch the below video to hear reflections from Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA, founding director of the Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center, and Steven Flamm, MD, chief of the Liver Program and medical director of Northwestern Medicine Liver Transplant.

Transplant in the News


Learn more about our transplant services, expertise and patients though:

  • Patient stories
  • Physician interviews
  • News Archive

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Meet the Teams

Our teams span the spectrum of basic science and translational and clinical research, and they offer novel approaches to immunosuppression, including human clinical trials in immune tolerance, state-of-the-art genomic and proteomic immune monitoring, and health services and outcomes research.

Transplantation Programs

African American Transplant Access Program

African American patients are not getting the information or support they need to make it through the transplant process. The African American Transplant Access Program is working tirelessly to change that. 

Heart Transplantation

Heart transplantation at Northwestern Medicine is performed by highly skilled cardiac surgeons with extensive experience in this specialty.

Hispanic Transplant Program

The Northwestern Medicine Hispanic Transplant Program offers a culturally sensitive program dedicated to serving Hispanic patients in need of a transplant.

Kidney Transplantation

The Northwestern Medicine Organ Transplant Center is the largest living donor kidney transplant program in the country.

Liver Transplantation

The Northwestern Medicine Liver Disease and Transplant Program offers a complete range of medical and surgical interventions to treat patients with complex liver disorders.

Living Donor Organ Transplantation

The Organ Transplant Center is a leader in living donor transplant surgery.

Lung Transplantation

Northwestern Medicine physicians combine leading clinical practice with groundbreaking research in the treatment of all types of severe lung disease.

Pancreas And Islet Cell Transplantation Program

The Pancreas and Islet Cell Transplantation Program provides quality outcomes and innovative care and immunotherapies in the treatment of diabetes.


    COVID-19 After Transplant Webinar Series

    The Northwestern Medicine Transplant team is providing patients with the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 after transplant through a regular series of webinars.

    COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose FAQ

    Here are answers to common questions from patients at the Northwestern Medicine Organ Transplant Center regarding third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    High-Risk Conditions and COVID-19

    People with certain conditions or health concerns have increased risk of more severe illness after contracting COVID-19. Learn about the latest information.

    Interested in being a living kidney donor?

    Start the process by completing a Health History Questionnaire.

    Transplant Education Videos

    Videos and resources about organ transplantation for donors and recipients.

    50 Years of Kidney Transplants

    Learn about our living donor kidney program, kidney paired donation, innovative therapies, biomarker development, and more.

    A Medical First: Karin's Story


    When routine blood work showed Karin's kidney's were failing, her sister unhesitatingly decided to donate her kidney. What happens next was a medical first.

    Mi cuñada me ha dado vida

    Dr. Caicedo

    Arturo Ramírez sufrió un accidente de auto hace casi tres años, lo que desató los problemas de riñón que empezó a padecer. Necesitaba un trasplante de riñón y fue su cuñada quien se convirtió en su salvadora.

    Physicians studying an image for second opinion.

    Looking for a Second Opinion?

    It's vital that you're comfortable with your treatment decision and have confidence in your doctor. For these reasons, a second opinion with another specialist can help you make smart treatment decisions.

    Be one in a million.

    The more researchers know about what makes each of us unique, the more tailored our health care can become. Join a research effort with one million people nationwide to create a healthier future for all of us.

    Lindsey Porter swimming in a pool
    My donor gave life to my greatest performance.