UVA Health System Transplant Center

From Miraculous to Standard Care:
UVA Transplant Center is celebrating

50 YEARS







What started with a kidney transplant, has now grown to include both a pediatric and adult program that successfully completes heart, islet cell, lung, kidney, liver and pancreas transplants.

Learn more about the Transplant Center at UVA.

 

50
YEARS SINCE FIRST TRANSPLANT
500
LUNG TRANSPLANTS COMPLETED
5,000
TOTAL ORGAN TRANSPLANTS


IN THE NEWS

UVA, Bon Secours to Collaborate on Liver Transplant Care

University of Virginia Health System (UVA) and the Bon Secours Liver Institute of Virginia will collaboratively care for patients at Bon Secours’ facilities in Richmond and Newport News that ...
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NIH Awards $8.6 Million for Bold Bid to Transform Lung Transplants

Researchers at the School of Medicine have received more than $8.6 million in federal grants to support efforts that could dramatically increase the number of lungs available for transplants...
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Robotic surgery pioneer named director of UVA Transplant Center

University of Virginia Health System has named Jose Oberholzer, MD, a researcher and surgeon who has performed more than 1,000 transplant-related surgeries, as the new director of the Charles O. St...
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PATIENT STORIES

Curing Maple Syrup Urine Disease Through a Pediatric Liver Transplant Partnership

Conor Martin was diagnosed with MSUD at birth. Thanks to a pediatric liver transplant between UVA and UPMC, Conor received a life-saving transplant.
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Two Kidney Transplants, 35 Years Apart

Andrea Vest received two kidney transplants 35 years apart. Both were from living donors that were family members. Vest credits the transplant team at UVA for her health.
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Paired Donor Exchange: A Husband and Wife's Kidney Transplant Story

When Veronica Downing found out she needed a kidney transplant, her husband wanted to become a donor - but he was not a match. Their journey did not end there. The two became part of one of UVA's first paired exchange programs.
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How Social Media Helped a UVA Kidney Transplant Patient

When Tory Kemp found out he would need a kidney transplant, a friend of his posted Kemp's story on Facebook. Nikki Ward saw the post and immediately responded. She and Kemp had gone to a Virginia Beach area high school and although they knew of each other, the two ran in different circles. Now, a few decades after graduating, their paths would cross again.
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Program Milestones

1967
The first solid organ, a kidney, is transplanted at UVA. Early on, organ transplants were between twins but as anti-rejection medications improved, other blood relatives and then unrelated people could be donors.



1984
UVA performs its first bone marrow transplant. By the end of the decade, UVA establishes transplant programs in heart, kidney, pancreas, lung, and liver.



1993
UVA becomes the only approved liver transplant center between Baltimore and Atlanta.



2007
UVA achieves the nation’s best one-year survival rate for lung transplant.



2010
UVA doctors perform 1,000th liver transplant—the first hospital in the Virginias and Carolinas to reach this milestone.



2015
UVA honored for participating in nation's largest kidney transplant chain (also known as a paired donor exchange) that enabled 35 patients to receive a kidney transplant. In a paired donor exchange, living kidney donors who wish to donate to a loved one – but aren’t matches for their loved one – are paired with a different patient and increase the chances of finding a suitable kidney for their loved one.



2016
A 13-year-old Norfolk girl becomes first child to receive a new liver in a unique partnership between UVA Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (which performs more childhood transplants than any other center in the nation.) With this collaboration, Virginia children awaiting a liver transplant can join the organ wait lists at both hospitals. Pittsburgh surgeons come to Charlottesville to perform the surgery alongside UVA surgeons.



2017
UVA Transplant Center celebrates it's 50th anniversary, completes its 5,000th transplant, and introduces its robotic transplantation program.

By the Numbers

10
Number of transplant programs at UVA.



400
Patients added to our organ waitlist each year.



1,400
Liver transplants completed.



2,300
Kidney transplants completed.



3,800
Organ offers received annually.