A top performer of kidney and pancreas transplants
NewYork-Presbyterian, in cooperation with the Rogosin Institute, established the first kidney transplant program in New York. We've since developed the largest kidney transplant programs in the country at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where we provide advanced care based on the latest transplant advances for adults and children.
Our centers are home to two of the biggest living donor kidney transplant programs, with expanded living donor kidney options that make this lifesaving operation accessible to more people. We are also one of the few institutions offering kidney transplants for patients who would normally reject the donated kidney, using a process called plasmapheresis plus medications to reduce antibody levels in the recipient's blood. And our doctors have pioneered medication regimens that spare many patients from the side effects of long-term steroid use to prevent organ rejection after the transplant.
Our programs also include pancreas transplantation, alone or combined with kidney transplantation for some people with type 1 diabetes who have developed serious complications. We have one of the largest pancreas transplant programs in New York State and care for patients with the most complex medical and surgical challenges.
Our world-renowned transplant physicians are able to achieve excellent outcomes, while caring for this very complicated and complex patient population. They are also leaders in research to developing innovative protocols ways to optimize transplanted kidneys organs and improve patient survival.
A Customized Team to Support You for Life
Your transplant team includes experts who will educate you and your family about the entire process and optimize your overall health while you are waiting for a kidney and/or pancreas. Your team includes a dedicated transplant coordinator and transplant surgeons, nephrologists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, critical care specialists, nurses and nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychiatrists, nutritionists, physical therapists, social workers, and financial counselors. We also have dedicated support services just for living kidney donors. Our goal is to help you achieve long-term survival with the highest quality of life possible.
Our Approach to Care
Advanced Care for Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Patients
Patients and their families travel from around the world for our expertise and record of providing transplants quicker than other local centers. Over the years, our transplant teams have revolutionized the kidney donation operation — pioneering and perfecting the minimal-access kidney donation procedure (laparoscopic nephrectomy), which leaves only a small three-inch incision mark. We also pioneered innovative ways to match patients with donors faster and better such as paired donation, swaps, chains, and incompatible donor-recipient pairs.
Pancreas transplantation in combination with a kidney transplant enables the transplanted pancreas to protect the new kidney from the damage caused by diabetes and treating both diabetes and kidney failure. Our transplant surgeons have performed many pancreas transplants over the years, amassing a wealth of experience that translates to exceptional patient care.
When you arrive at our center, our experts will assess your health and guide you through your individualized treatment plan. Throughout the transplant process and beyond, we partner closely with you and your referring physicians while helping you and your family navigate any emotional, financial, and practical concerns. Our transplant teams are here for you before, during, and after your transplant — for life.