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Transplant Program

Transplant is a lifetime commitment and the success depends on the partnership between the patient and the Transplant team. At University Of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, our internationally trained, multidisciplinary team is dedicated to guide and assist each individual patient through every phase of the transplant process to ensure a successful outcome. Despite challenging and complex cases, Transplant programs have the best outcome in the Chicago area.

The Following Types of Transplant are Available:

Our Services

Bone Marrow Transplant
Founded in 1997, the Blood & Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System is well known throughout the Chicago region for its expertise in blood and marrow transplantation. Accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), we treat a wide variety of hematological malignancies and other blood abnormalities. Our BMT Program also conducts leading-edge translational research to develop innovative strategies for improving the outcomes of these transplants.

Kidney Transplant
Our Kidney Transplant surgeons are experts in living donor transplants where a healthy kidney is taken from a living donor and transplanted into the patient with failing kidneys. Indications for Kidney Transplant include: polycystic kidney disease, end stage renal failure, focal segmental glomerular sclerosis (FSGS). Our Kidney team is also successful with several types of ABO incompatible and positive crossmatch transplants where a donor may not be 100% compatible with the recipient. With extensive knowledge in immunosuppression, our team has been able to suppress common reactions to the incompatible kidney and allow for a successful transplant. Currently, our patient survival rate after kidney transplant at UIC is 97.76%, our graft survival rate is 94.78%.

Liver Transplant
The strong collaboration between our Hepatologists and our Liver transplant surgeons is key to the successful program. Patients with complex liver diseases such as Hepatocellular carcinoma and Primary sclerosing cholangitis are treated by our Hepatologists in the Bobby & Marvin Fink Liver Clinic. When transplant is necessary, the team provides the same individualized care to ensure a successful outcome. The Patient Survival Rate at UIC after Liver transplant is 91.67%.

Pancreas Transplant
Pancreas transplant is necessary for individuals who have brittle Type 1 diabetes and develop complications affecting their eye sight and nerves or their sugar levels cannot be properly controlled. The team offers Pancreas Transplant alone for individuals who have not yet reached kidney failure and simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant to individual with diabetes and end stage renal disease.

Pancreas Islet Transplant
The Medical Center offers a state-of-the-art islet isolation facility. This facility is considered by experts in the field to be one of the best in the world. This program offers new opportunities and approaches for the treatment of Type I and surgically induced diabetes.

Patient Expectations

The intensive transplant process, no matter which program our patient is part of, requires commitment and specific courses of action. As part of the continuum of care, a nurse transplant coordinator is assigned to each patient to guide the patient every step of the way. Each patient will be provided with information on the Transplant process and our team stands ready to explain any question or concern to assist the patient in working through any obstacle or barrier the individual may encounter.

Organ Transplantation and Donation

Every few moments, another person gets added to the waiting list for an organ donation. At any given day, there can be thousands of people on the waiting list for a new organ. One person’s donation can save the lives of 25 others who are waiting for organ and tissue donation. In the state of Illinois, a new law, effective Jan. 1, 2006, created a new Organ/Tissue Donor Registry making a person’s wishes to be a donor legally binding. Additional witnesses or family consent is no longer required for donation to occur. To become an organ donor in the state of Illinois, please register at www.LifeGoesOn.com or call 1-800-210-2106.

Organ Waiting List

The organ waiting list is part of a nationwide computerized network called UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing). All transplant centers in the United States belong to UNOS. UNOS is responsible for continuously updating the list, in order to provide accurate transplantation and donation information to patients and transplant programs. The federal government supervises UNOS to ensure patients throughout the country receive healthy organs.

Our transplant team is available 24/7 to respond to calls regarding a possible organ donor. When an organ becomes available, our team is prepared to quickly examine and pick up the organ. The patient is then called to come to the hospital for the procedure. The wait for deceased transplantation will depend on how sick you are, with priority given to the sickest patients.

Important Links

To make a first time appointment or to refer a patient, please call 312.996.6771.

Out Location

Transplant Center:
1855 W. Taylor St, Suite 1077, Chicago, IL 60612
Phone # 312. 996.8330
Fax # 312.996.9723


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