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Kidney Transplantation

At the NYU Langone Transplant Institute, our experts provide world-class care with outstanding outcomes to people in need of kidney transplant. We are the top-ranked transplant program in the country, with the highest transplant rate in New York City. Our program ranks highest in the nation for its one-year survival after transplant surgery, according to the latest data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). We are ranked as the top center in New York for speed to transplant with a deceased donor organ, and our doctors have transplanted more kidneys than any other center in New York State.

Our modern facilities include state-of-the-art testing sites, dedicated inpatient surgical and intensive care units, outpatient physician offices, and single-occupancy rooms for all of our patients.

We conduct kidney transplant evaluations and provide pre- and post-transplant outpatient care at our Manhattan location and on Long Island at NYU Langone Surgical Associates—1300 Franklin Avenue.

We provide care for children through Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.

When a Kidney Transplant Is Needed

People are born with two kidneys, one on each side of the spine. Kidneys are responsible for filtering blood and removing excess fluid and waste products from the body, which then leave the body as urine.

The kidneys also regulate blood pressure, ensure electrolyte and acid–base balance, and aid in the production of new bone tissue and red blood cells.

When kidney function is impaired, as in acute kidney injury or chronic kidney disease, the kidney can no longer perform these activities. This puts a person at risk for medical complications that can include high blood pressure, swelling, life-threatening electrolyte imbalances, anemia, and bone loss.

Leaders in Clinical Care and Innovation

We have the largest deceased-donor kidney transplant program and the shortest wait times for a kidney transplant in the New York City area.

Kidney disease may progress to the point where dialysis, a treatment that uses a machine to remove fluid and waste from the blood, is needed. While on dialysis or even before dialysis is started, your doctor may recommend a transplant.

While you wait for a donor kidney, you have regular appointments at our transplant clinic with our doctors, who collaborate with your referring physician to ensure continuity in your medical care.

Forms of Kidney Transplant

There are two types of kidney donation: from a living donor, which is a person who is willing to donate one of his or her kidneys, and from a deceased person whose family has consented to donate the person’s organs. Deceased donors are the most common source of kidneys for transplant.

VIDEO: Patient Milissa Rocker Klotz and Dr. Bruce Gelb talk about Milissa’s living donor kidney transplant.

In either situation, the organ is removed from the donor and placed into the recipient by our team of highly skilled transplant specialists. For living donors, our medical team supervises your recovery to ensure you can quickly return to an active lifestyle.

After the transplant, all patients are followed closely in our outpatient transplant clinic.

Contact Us

For more information or to make an appointment, call the NYU Langone Transplant Institute at 212-263-8134.