Offering the state’s only kidney transplant program, University Transplant has been changing patients’ quality of life since the program began in November 1962. A living donor program was added in 1992, providing recipients with a higher long-term survival rate.
University Transplant boasts one of the shortest waiting times in the United States for those needing a new kidney. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is responsible for transplant organ distribution at UMMC and in the United States.
Patients and caregivers attend an extensive education class where they learn the necessary steps in planning for a transplant. The education process includes evaluation; selection committee review and additional testing if needed; living donation (if applicable); surgery; post-transplant clinics; and how to live with a transplant. In general, a patient also must be available to come to UMMC facilities when he receives a call that a kidney is available.
Our recipients receive close follow-up care by University Physicians caregivers for the first three months after transplantation, and at six months post-transplant, they can continue with a provider of choice, reducing travel expenses for out-of-town patients. Easy access to care for our patients is important to us. For patients who live more than one hour from Jackson, we provide off-site accommodations for evaluation services and immediate post-transplant care.