Northwestern Medicine Organ Transplantation
The Northwestern Medicine Kovler Organ Transplantation 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 Kovler Organ Transplantation 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
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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.
Milestone Transplant: Sibling Offers Life-Saving Gift to Gurnee Woman
A Gurnee woman no longer needs dialysis thanks to her younger brother's ultimate gift.
Anonymous Kidney Donations Create Huge, Rare Donation Chain That Connects Them All in Remarkable Way
Six donors had no idea where their kidneys were going, but the recipients created a 12-person chain that miraculously connected all of them through their personal relationships.
Chicago Father Saves Son's Life With Kidney Transplant
Ricky de la Cruz is a 19-year-old who was born with half a heart and has been sick all his life, his mom said. Cruz's father was able to save his life by donating his own kidney.
Initiative Aimed at Educating Latino Community About Organ Donation
A new initiative at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is aimed at educating the Latino community about organ donation. NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz has more.
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