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Kidney Transplant Program

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The goal of the Kidney Transplant Program at Rush is simple: To support you before, during and after your kidney transplant.

The team includes skilled transplant surgeons and medical specialists, as well as a nurse coordinator who is available to answer your questions about treatment. The team is dedicated to putting you at ease and helping you understand the transplant process.

In addition to medical and nursing experts, the transplant team includes professionals who can answer your questions about medications, diet and insurance, among other topics.

Our exceptional outcomes help make our kidney transplant program at Rush one of the leading programs in overall outcomes among Illinois hospitals.

According to the most recent Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) data, as of the January 2020 report, our one-year patient survival rate for single organ transplants is 97.99%. Our one-year survival rate for patients with functioning transplants from deceased donors is 98.30%. 

Bilingual staff and interpreter services are available for non-English-speaking patients.

Living kidney donor program

Additionally, through the living kidney donor program at Rush, relatives, loved ones, friends and even individuals who wish to remain anonymous can help those who need a kidney transplant by becoming a living donor — a person who donates one of their kidneys when they are still alive.

Fill out a living donor questionnaire to determine if you are elligible to be a living kidney donor.

Rush is also involved in a research study that is looking at a new, free app that helps transplant candidates tell their story about organ failure and their need for a kidney transplant. Candidates who used the app were 6.6 times more likely to have a potential donor come forward. To learn more about the study and using the app, please contact the living donor coordinator, Brittany Hohoff, RN, BSN, at (312) 942-3129 or



The Rush University Transplant Program cares for patients in need of liver, kidney and pancreas t

Edward Hollinger Jr, MD, PhD is a transplant surgeon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago

Samuel Saltzberg, MD, is a nephrologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.