Kidney Transplantation

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Why Choose Us

The Kidney Transplant Program at UI Health is one of the largest and most experienced kidney transplantation programs in Chicago. Our teams of experts work closely with you through every stage of your journey — from pre-transplant care to postsurgical monitoring. We are committed to providing patients and their families personalized treatment options for the best surgical outcomes.

Our kidney transplant surgeons provide care to both children and adult patients, and we have expertise in a number of transplantation procedures, including living donor transplantations and transplants for high-risk patients. We also are proud to offer paired kidney exchange — or “kidney swap” — for patients with donor blood-type incompatibilities.

UI Health is focused on providing access to advanced care to our diverse community, and we are one of Chicago's leaders in providing kidney transplants to Hispanic and African-American patients.

UI Health Now the Largest Simultaneous Kidney Pancreas Transplant Program in the U.S.

The University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics performed the most simultaneous pancreas-kidney (SPK) transplants in the United States in 2023, according to data from the Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network (OTPN), a national organ donation and transplantation database. UI Health’s transplant volumes are reflective of our program’s expertise and dedication to providing exceptional care and making a substantial impact in organ transplantation. Our comprehensive program caters to a diverse range of patients needing kidney and pancreas transplants, including patients with body mass indices at or above 30 (indicative of obesity) who may be denied surgery at other centers.

Our Specialists

Kidney Transplant Program in the News

Robotic Kidney Transplant for Polycystic Kidney Disease Patients

Clinic Caters to Spanish Speakers in Need of Kidney Transplants

The Spanish Language Clinic is a beacon of accessibility and inclusivity, ensuring all patients receive comprehensive care tailored to their linguistic needs.

Robotic Kidney Transplant for Polycystic Kidney Disease Patients

Combined Kidney Transplant with Weight Loss Surgeries Proved to be Safe for Obese Patients

Learn how many obese patients face various barriers and increased risk for kidney transplant and what UI Health is doing about it. 

Robotic Kidney Transplant for Polycystic Kidney Disease Patients

Robotic Kidney Transplant for Polycystic Kidney Disease Patients

Dr. Pier Giulianotti makes history by performing the first polycystic kidney disease (PKD) patient to undergo a robotic double nephrectomy and kidney transplant.

Kidney Transplant Clinic

Specialty Care Building (SCB)
1009 S. Wood St.
Chicago, IL 60612

New patients interested in learning more about kidney and liver transplantation should call 312.996.6771.

For more information about the Kidney Transplant Clinic, call 312.996.8330 or email


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