The UCLA Kidney Transplantation Program is one of the largest and most successful programs in the country. The program performs 275-300 transplants annually and serves as a major referral base for much of the western United States. Over 2000 patients are currently registered for kidney transplantation at UCLA.
The Kidney Transplant Program began in 1963 and performed some of the first successful kidney transplants in the United States. To date, UCLA has performed more than 6,000 kidney transplants. The program also has an active pancreas transplant program, which has been in existence since 1993. These transplants are typically performed in patients with type 1 diabetes and end-stage renal disease, and may be performed alone or simultaneously with a kidney transplant. The overall day-to-day functioning of the program has become a model for many solid-organ transplant centers in the country. It is based on intensive effort by a dedicated, closely-knit team of transplant physicians, surgeons, and immunologists together with colleagues in infectious disease, cardiology, psychiatry, pathology, and nursing.
Our program has consistently achieved superior outcomes, which can be reviewed at UNOS.org (see “Center Specific Data”). Our risk adjusted patient and graft survival is significantly higher than the national average and one and three year kidney transplant success rates have exceeded national benchmarks for fifteen consecutive years. The program has earned a first-rate reputation for its innovative clinical research, academic excellence, and an unparalleled record of success.
The transplant research program conducts a number of clinical trials which test novel therapeutics and diagnostics. Our program is a leader in the area of histocompatibility and alloantibody detection and work originating from UCLA has helped define the current practice of transplant cross-matching.
The broad experience and expertise of the transplant program staff permit the program to make available to patients and trainees the benefits of clinical excellence and innovative surgical and medical care in all aspects of kidney transplantation. We are proud to have helped train many transplant physicians across the country. Cutting edge innovations such as our robust Living Donor Paired Exchange program, laparoscopic techniques for live donation, complicated desensitization protocols, and ABO incompatible transplantation are all available.
Outpatient Appointments and Contact Information
Connie Frank Kidney Transplant Clinic
200 Medical Plaza, Suite 565
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310) 267-2555
Fax: (310) 825-9170