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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 9,500 people and has become a pioneer in transplantation research.

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 6,500 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

Interested in being a living kidney donor?
Start the process by completing a Health History Questionnaire.

Organ donor registration

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

Transplant in the News

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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.
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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.

Locations

    Transplant Education Videos

    Videos and resources about organ transplantation for donors and recipients.

    COVID-19 Resources

    The Northwestern Medicine Transplant team is providing patients with the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.

    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.

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    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.