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Receiving a transplant can mean a new lease on life. That’s why patients come from all over the region and beyond to Indiana University Health Transplant for highly skilled surgeons and state-of-the-art operating facilities.
From careful pre-transplant assessment to post-surgical monitoring, IU Health Transplant provides specialized clinical expertise in all related transplant services, offering:
- The most comprehensive center of its kind in the region and one of the top ten transplant centers by volume in the United States.
- The combined clinical expertise, research and teaching excellence of experienced physicians at IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
- One of only a few health systems certified by Medicare to perform major organ transplant, including liver, kidney, pancreas, intestinal and multivisceral, heart and lung transplant.
Our team members are dedicated to arranging organs our patients need, contributing to shorter wait times and overall better outcomes. Together with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we provide unparalleled experience in transplant research and innovation. As the largest, most comprehensive center of its kind in the region, IU Health Transplant is changing lives, one miracle at a time.
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New discoveries, through research and innovation, become even more important when someone is on a transplant list. At IU Health Transplant, patient outcomes are the measure of our success.
The IU Health Transplant team has successfully pioneered many procedures that we and other medical providers across the country use today. Some of our milestones include:
- First isolated intestine transplant in Indiana (2003)
- First to perform a pancreas transplant and a simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant in Indiana
- First in the world to perform a simultaneous liver/pancreas transplant
Together with the Indiana University School of Medicine, IU Health Transplant physicians are at the forefront of highly advanced research and innovations to foster new discoveries and a brighter future.
Kidney Transplant Innovation
Our team is continually advancing kidney transplant procedures. We pioneered the use of laparoscopic donor nephrectomy to ease the procedure for living kidney donors. Our team was the first to perform a simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant in Indiana, and we further innovated this procedure by developing a technique to place both organs on the right side only. This allows for a less invasive surgery and preserves the vessels on one side if a future transplant is needed.
Lung Transplant Innovation
Indiana’s first single lung transplant in 1989 was performed by the Transplant team at IU Health. In two short years, we performed the state’s first bilateral sequential lung transplant. It is our continual advancements in transplant and commitment to our patients that placed our IU Health Transplant team among the first five Center of Excellence chosen for Medicare approval for lung and heart/lung transplantations.
With over 100,000 people waiting for an organ, the single biggest problem associated with solid organ transplantation is the shortage of suitable organs. IU Health Transplant is one of only a few centers doing xenotransplant research in hope of one day offering those awaiting liver transplant a bridge to transplant until a suitable organ is available.
We maintain one of the largest detailed databases tracking patients' pre-transplant health and the organs' health markers, enabling us to mach the right organs to the right individuals.
At IU Health Transplant, our primary goal is to help patients heal. Our experienced multidisciplinary team includes medical and surgical directors, world-renowned transplant physicians and highly skilled nurses, technicians and staff. Throughout the transplant experience, our comprehensive care team is here to help our patients get back to their lives.
If you or someone you know is seeking organ transplant, find out more about becoming an IU Health Transplant patient and the organ transplant process.
Our patients often speak best to our qualifications and achievements. View our transplant patient stories below.
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