Texas Transplant Center

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Organ transplantation at UTMB’s Texas Transplant Center has a long tradition of excellence. Transplantation was started at UTMB more than 40 years ago, it has been a pioneering force in the field since then with 3,000 patients transplanted. In 2007 the Texas Transplant Center was founded and offers excellence in patient care and research in organ transplantation:

  • Our transplant Center is in a different organ bank than the metropolitan Houston area. Our organ procurement agency (South West Transplant Alliance) is very active with over 250 donors/year. Patients in the waiting list in the metropolitan Houston transplant programs can benefit from multiple listing in our Center. UNOS (United Network for Organ sharing) is the agency that regulates transplantation in the US and mandates that patients are informed of multiple listing. Multiple listing with our Transplant Center allows patients in the waiting list in Houston to double their chance to receive an organ only a short drive away. To reduce commutes and enhance and simplify access to care for our patients, our outpatient care is offered from several transplant clinics conveniently located throughout South Texas and in the League City area near Interstate 45 South.


  • Our Medicare approved Kidney Transplantation Program (established in 1967 and the first in the Houston/Galveston area) has performed 2,500 transplants to date while continuing to achieve excellent results and exceeding national standards for patient/graft survival. We also offer living donor kidney transplant with minimally invasive laparoscopic nephrectomy for donors. We participate in pair donation programs and we have programs for incompatible live donors.
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  • Our Medicare approved Pancreas Transplant Program (established in 1988) continues to grow while forging advances in transplantation applications and research. The pancreas team has performed more than 150 transplants to date and is among the largest in Texas. If listed in our program our patients experience one of the shortest waiting time in the nation for organs.
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  • Our Medicare approved Heart Transplantation Program (established in 1993) has ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation for one-year survival rates for heart transplantation. We also offer ventricular assist devices (VAD) placement as bridge to transplant or destination therapy.
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  • Our Hepatobiliary Program specializes in the advanced care of liver cancer and pancreatic surgery, including laparoscopic liver resection, tumor ablation, and conventional liver resection for cirrhotic and non-cirrhotic patients. We also offer experimental chemotherapy protocols not available elsewhere in Texas for liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma).


  • The Center just completed the construction of a state-of-the-art islet cell isolation facility—one of only a handful in the United States. We started a clinical islet cell transplantation program in 2009 and offer auto-transplantation of insulin producing cells (pancreatic islets) to prevent diabetes in patients receiving total pancreatectomy.
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  • The Texas Transplant Center is completing preparations and is in the advanced planning stage for intestinal transplantation.


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United Network for Organ Sharing


Here are just a few highlights from our programs:

2012 Silver Medal Award for Lung Transplantation from The Health Resources and Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services

Earned Medicare approval for Adult Lung Transplantation, March 2012

Named among Best Doctors In America:

  • Dr. Vincent Valentine, Professor Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine Department of Internal Medicine 2011-2012
  • Dr. Alex Duarte, Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine 2010-2012
  • Dr. Vincent Conti, Heart Transplant Surgeon 2000-2012

2010, 2011, 2012 Texas Super Doctors:

  • Dr. Vincent Conti, Heart Transplant Surgeon

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