The Division of Transplantation is one of the world’s leading organ transplant programs. Our surgeons are recognized experts in their field, providing care to patients in the kidney, liver, pancreas, intestine, islet cell, and pediatric transplantation.
Since its creation 50 years ago in 1966, the UW Transplant Program has been on the forefront of transplant advancement. Surgeons in the Division of Transplantation have made innovative discoveries that are used throughout the world, including “UW Solution,” a cold storage solution for organ preservation.
The Division of Transplantation is one of the most experienced transplant programs in the nation. More than 15,000 organs have been transplanted at UW since 1966. Recently we surpassed 1,500 pancreas transplants, making the UW Transplant Program the second-busiest program in the world. As of September 2016, the Division of Transplantation has performed 9,900 kidney, 2,329 liver, and 1,644 pancreas transplants.
The transplant team is actively involved in multiple research projects. Our priorities are in developing new immunosuppressive therapies and enhancing our knowledge of basic research immunobiology that will pave the way for new drugs and therapies to enhance long-term survival for organ transplants without the side effects of conventional immunosuppression. We are also actively engaged in developing new therapeutics and preservation techniques that will enhance donor organ function and promote long-term survival.
Educating and training the next generation of transplant surgeon is a high priority. The Transplant Surgery Fellowship has provided highly sought and outstanding training opportunities for over 30 years.