Transplant Services

Transplant Services

Celebrating 50 years!

Organ transplantation at UTMB’s Texas Transplant Center has a long tradition of excellence. Transplantation was started at UTMB 50 years ago, and the university has been a pioneering force in the field since then, with more than 3,200 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 (Southwest Transplant Alliance) is very active with over 1100 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.


  • Heart Transplantation Program

    Our Medicare-approved Heart Transplantation Program was established in 1993. We also offer ventricular assist devices (VAD) placement as bridge to transplant or destination therapy.

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  • Kidney and Kidney/Pancreas Transplantation Program

    Our Medicare approved Kidney and Kidney/Pancreas Transplantation Program (established in 1967 and the first in the Houston/Galveston area) has performed 3,500 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 paired donation programs and we have programs for incompatible live donors.

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