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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 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

Organ donor registration

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

Initiative Aimed at Educating Latino Community About Organ Donation

A new intiative 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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Father Donated Kidney to Ailing Daughter

One year ago, a father gave his daughter the greatest gift of all -- a second chance at life. CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot shares their story.


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Gurnee Prayer Service Connects Man with Kidney Donor

Heidi Houdek and David Young were strangers a few months ago attending different services. But in May, Young shared with members he needed a kidney transplant.


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U.S. News Sits In as Surgeons Carry Out an 8-Person Kidney Exchange

Four people received new leases on life via the transplant 'chain' at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Article features John Friedewald, MD and Joseph Leventhal, MD.

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Transplantation Programs

Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please call 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
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Referring Physicians
Open communication and cooperation with referring physicians is a critical component of achieving high-quality care and minimizing the challenges that come with treating cardiovascular conditions. For physician-to-physician consultation regarding the best patient care, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, please call 312.695.LUNG (5864) or toll-free 844.NEW.LUNG (639.5864).

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