Kidney Transplant Program - Opening Summer 2021

Ascension Clinical Education Center 1400 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78701

About This Program

The Kidney Transplant Program is a specialty program within the Transplant Center, the clinical partnership between UT Health Austin and Ascension Seton, which includes Dell Seton Medical Center, Seton Williamson Hospital, and Seton Northwest Hospital.

The Kidney Transplant Program provides comprehensive care for adult patients (18 years and older) with chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease. We work with you to develop a treatment plan specific to your needs, using a combination of specialized procedures and new medicines to prevent organ rejection. Our goal is to increase your quality and longevity of life.

Some patients may need a simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant, which is also offered through the Transplant Center.

Treatment Approach

The Kidney Transplant Program utilizes two types of transplant donor sources for patients, living organ donors and deceased or brain-dead organ donors. Transplanting a kidney from a healthy donor into a recipient patient with kidney failure is called a living donation. Living kidney donations can come from a compatible donor who is related or unrelated to you. You will also have the option to participate in our paired kidney exchange program to help incompatible pairs of recipients/donors find matches for a kidney transplant. Only one donated kidney is needed to replace two failed kidneys and it is possible to live a healthy life with one kidney, which makes living-donor kidney transplantation an alternative to deceased-donor kidney transplantation. If a living donor isn’t available for you, your name will be placed on the UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) kidney transplant waitlist to receive a kidney from a deceased donor. After your transplant, you (and, if living, your donor) will receive ongoing care to minimize any potential complications and to help you fully recover. The Kidney Transplant care team works closely with you before, during, and after your transplant to ensure favorable outcomes.

Patients are cared for by a dedicated multidisciplinary care team, meaning you will benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists across a variety of disciplines. Our fellowship-trained and board-certified physicians have extensive experience in organ transplantation as well as the ongoing caring for donors and work alongside a team of transplant experts, including transplant surgeons, transplant coordinators, nurses, advanced practice providers, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists, and more, providing unparalleled care for patients and families every step of the way.

Appointment Information

To be considered for a kidney transplant, you must first undergo a thorough medical evaluation, which can take up to several months to complete and may involve a variety of tests, including advanced imaging, chest x-rays, consultations, an electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) test, laboratory testing, physical exams, stress tests, and more. These test results allow the Kidney Transplant care team to determine your candidacy for receiving a transplant. Upon completion of testing, all results will be reviewed with you.

For more information about the Kidney Transplant Program, please call 1-512-324-7930 or you can fax referrals to 1-833-340-0748.