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Kidney Transplant Program

The Connie Frank Transplant Center at UCSF provides care for patients seeking pre and post kidney and pancreas transplantation services. Patients requiring a kidney transplant suffer from End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and are in the fifth stage of the disease. Patients needing a pancreas transplant suffer from Type 1 Diabetes. Usually patients needing a pancreas are also in need of a kidney transplant.

Established in 1964, UCSF has performed more kidney transplants than any other hospital in the world. As a major transplant center for the West, UCSF's kidney team evaluates about 1,200 patients a year as potential transplant candidates.

Currently, UCSF performs more than 300 kidney transplants per year. That's twice as many as any other transplant program in Northern California, according to the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS).

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There are over 82,000 people waiting for a kidney transplant and over a 1,000 waiting for a pancreas. Patients needing both a pancreas and kidney are over 2,000. You can maintain yourself current on this information by visiting the UNOS website.

For information on UCSF’s post-transplant outcomes for both the Living Donor and Deceased programs please visit the following websites:

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You'll need a referral from your primary care provider or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

Connie Frank Transplant Center at UCSF
400 Parnassus Ave., Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1551
Pre-Kidney Fax: (415) 353-8708
Post-Kidney Fax: (415) 353-8381

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Additional Locations
Fresno, CA
Honolulu, HI
Salinas, CA
Stockton, CA
Walnut Creek, CA

What to Bring

    Health insurance card, health insurance authorization, pharmacy benefit card and photo identification card. Co-pays will be collected at check-in.

    Note: name and address on photo ID must match name and address on insurance cards.

    Post Transplant Patients MUST bring: same items as above and current medication cards. Patient should also bring a copy of any laboratory work results done outside of the UCSF Medical Center.

What to Expect

    Patients requiring a transplant must be referred by a physician. Patients are referred for kidney transplant by their nephrologists and pancreas patients by their endocrinologist, nephrologist or internist if they are not seeing an endocrinologist.

Other Procedures

The UCSF Transplant Service also offers some specialized procedures for kidney patients in addition to kidney transplant.

Some of these procedures include:

  • Weight–loss bariatric surgery for overweight patients to qualify for transplant
  • Dialysis access surgery
  • Pancreas transplant and pancreatic islet transplant for patients with diabetes

The First Step

If you are currently on dialysis, or are approaching end-stage renal disease and would like to learn more about whether a kidney transplant is a good option for you, please call the UCSF Kidney Transplant Service at (415) 353 –1551.

Patients who live outside of San Francisco may be assessed at our clinics located in Mountain View, Fresno, Stockton and San Luis Obispo, Calif., and in Hilo and Honolulu, Hawaii. Initial appointments for these clinics are arranged through the UCSF Kidney Transplant Service at (415) 353 –1551.

Parking

Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Medical Center is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation

Parnassus

UCSF Medical Center is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus

For more information about Muni visit, www.sfmuni.com.

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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Clinic Team

Stephen Tomlanovich
Dr. Stephen Tomlanovich,
kidney transplant specialist
John Roberts
Dr. John Roberts,
organ transplant surgeon
Nancy Ascher
Dr. Nancy Ascher,
organ transplant surgeon
Sindhu Chandran
Dr. Sindhu Chandran,
kidney specialist
Sandy Feng
Dr. Sandy Feng,
organ transplant surgeon
Chris Freise
Dr. Chris Freise,
organ transplant surgeon
Ryutaro Hirose
Dr. Ryutaro Hirose,
organ transplant surgeon
Sang-Mo Kang
Dr. Sang-Mo Kang,
organ transplant surgeon
Brian Lee
Dr. Brian Lee,
kidney specialist
Andrew Posselt
Dr. Andrew Posselt,
bariatric and transplant surgeon
Peter Stock
Dr. Peter Stock,
organ transplant surgeon
Flavio Vincenti
Dr. Flavio Vincenti,
kidney specialist
Allison Webber
Dr. Allison Webber,
kidney specialist
David Wojciechowski
Dr. David Wojciechowski,
kidney specialist
Jennie Crossfield
Jennie Crossfield,
social worker
Mary Ellen DiPaola
Mary Ellen DiPaola,
dietitian and diabetes educator
Keith Enders
Keith Enders,
social worker
Juliette Schlesinger
Juliette Schlesinger,
social worker

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