Kidney Transplant


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High Performing recognition from U.S. News & World Report for treatment of kidney failure

Using the most advanced techniques and technologies, UT Southwestern Medical Center’s kidney transplant specialists are experts at helping kidney failure patients achieve the miracle of transplantation. The goal of kidney transplantation is to both prolong and improve quality of life.

As the largest kidney transplant program, UT Southwestern offers personalized service that most other programs can’t match.

Through our transplant network located throughout Texas, we make kidney transplantation more accessible for people living in the Tyler and Lubbock areas. Our transplant operations take place at Clements University Hospital, which boasts one of the country’s shortest lengths of stay after surgery.

Highlights of Our Kidney Transplant Program

  • UT Southwestern Medical Center has earned a "High Performing" rating from U.S. News & World Report for treatment of kidney failure, placing us among the nation's top hospitals for this area of care.
  • Our physicians are experts in living donation, enabling us to provide both donors and recipients with personalized attention, resulting in improved care and outcomes.
  • Our experience and expertise results in exceptional patient outcomes – just one of the reasons our program experienced 282% growth from 2017 to 2021.
  • Our patients benefit from a short length of stay, with a median of three days in the hospital after surgery – shorter than the national median.
  • Our program provides innovative treatments, such as personalized approaches to immunosuppression therapy and leading-edge clinical trials.
  • Convenient satellite clinics in Lubbock and Tyler, and expanded use of telemedicine, allow us to deliver transplant care for patients throughout Texas, bringing our expertise closer to your home.
  • We take part in a number of clinical trials aimed at improving patient care and outcomes. Clinical trials give patients access to the most promising new treatments before they are available to the public.
  • As members of the largest living-donor kidney transplant program in North Texas, our physicians are experts in living donation, resulting in a one- and three-year survival rates of 100% for living-donor transplants.

'Get out and live life'

David Wojciechowski, D.O., the Medical Director of UT Southwestern's Kidney Transplantation Program, shares his insights about the power of a successful kidney transplant and how it can "give patients and their families their freedom back."

Before Transplant

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Kidney Transplant Surgery

Experience a kidney living-donor kidney transplant directly from the OR.

Life After Transplant

Two Texas transplant programs break down barriers to save patient lives

Two hard-to-match transplant patients 250 miles apart are beginning 2024 with a path to full and healthy lives. That’s because University Health Transplant Institute in San Antonio and the UT Southwestern Transplant Program in Dallas searched beyond their own institutional networks to identify compatible living kidney donors for their failing patients.

Surgeries in Sync

Two simultaneous surgeries with one single goal: to give the kidney recipient a new lease on life. Follow two surgical teams as they perform a living-donor kidney transplant.

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Meet Our Kidney Transplant Team

The UT Southwestern Kidney Transplant Program has grown to become one of the most successful programs in the nation. Our one-year renal graft survival rate exceeds 97%, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant – a statistic that includes challenging cases that UT Southwestern often accepts.

David Wojciechowski, D.O.

Dr. Wojciechowski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern. He is the Medical Director of the Kidney Transplantation Program.

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Parsia Vagefi, M.D.

Dr. Vagefi is the Chief of the Division of Surgical Transplantation at UT Southwestern and a Professor of Surgery. He leads the team responsible for the explosive growth of UT Southwestern’s Kidney Transplant Program.

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Tiffany Vonner, B.S.N., RN
Transplant Intake Coordinator

Uyvonnie Ford, B.S.N, RN
Kidney Dialysis Liaison