The UCSF Connie Frank Transplant Center cares for patients before and after kidney and pancreas transplants. We transplant kidneys from deceased (cadaver) donors as well as living donors. We also offer specialized procedures, such as weight-loss bariatric surgery for overweight patients to quality for transplant, dialysis access surgery, and pancreatic islet transplants for patients with diabetes.

Established in 1964, our program serves as a major transplant center for the West. Our kidney team evaluates over 1,000 patients a year as potential transplant candidates and performs more than 325 transplants a year. In 2015, we performed more kidney and combined kidney-pancreas transplants than any other program in the U.S., according to data from the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network.

For information on UCSF's post-transplant outcomes, please visit the following websites: The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients and The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

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    Patient education

    FAQ: Living Kidney Donor

    Living donor kidney transplants are an important option. They're possible because we're born with two kidneys. Learn more here.

    Surgical Weight Loss Procedures for Kidney Transplant Patients

    In the case of patients waiting for a kidney transplant, losing weight also can improve their chances of being a transplant candidate. Learn more here.

    Transplant Screening Tests

    Regardless of the type of kidney transplant you may undergo, special blood tests are needed to determine the kind of blood and tissue you have. Learn more.

    Decorative Caduceus

    Pancreatic Islets and Parathyroid Gland Co-transplantation for Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes

    The primary objective is to test the hypothesis that co-transplantation of allogeneic PTG with adult pancreatic islets (derived from same deceased donor) in the IM site in people with Type 1 diabetes with functioning...

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    Decorative Caduceus

    HOPE in Action Prospective Multicenter, Clinical Trial of Deceased HIVD+ Kidney Transplants for...

    The primary objective of this study is to determine if an HIV-infected deceased kidney donor (HIVD+) transplant is safe with regards to major transplant-related and HIV-related complications.

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Impact of CCR5 Blockade in HIV+ Kidney Transplant Recipients

    Maraviroc (MVC) is a type of HIV medicine called a CCR5 inhibitor. This study will evaluate the safety and tolerability of MVC in HIV-infected adults receiving a kidney transplant.

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Treg Therapy in Subclinical Inflammation in Kidney Transplantation

    The purpose of this study is: - To see if polyTregs can reduce inflammation in a transplanted kidney. - To find out what effects, good or bad, polyTregs will have in the kidney recipient. - To f...

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    Decorative Caduceus

    Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Microarrays in Liver Transplantation

    INTERLIVER is a prospective observational study of the relationship of the molecular phenotype of 300 liver transplant biopsies to the histologic phenotype and the clinical features and outcomes. A segment of a biops...

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Effects of Inhibiting Early Inflammation in Kidney Transplant Patients

    During transplant surgery, there is a period of time when a donated kidney is removed from a donor's body and stored until the time of the transplant surgery. The storage procedure results in buildup of various prote...

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    A Cohort Study of Operationally Tolerant Allograft Recipients

    Antirejection medicines, also known as immunosuppressive drugs, are prescribed to organ transplant recipients to prevent their bodies from rejecting the new organ. Some organ transplant recipients can stop taking ant...

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Treatment of Type I Diabetes by Islet Transplantation Into the Gastric Submucosa Study Protocol

    The goal of this trial is to gain initial clinical experience regarding the safety and efficacy of treating type I diabetes in people who have received a kidney transplant by transplanting islets into a new transplan...

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    Decorative Caduceus

    Preventive Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Trial in Kidney Transplant Recipients

    This trial studies whether the nonavalent human papillomavirus vaccine given to adults prior to kidney transplantation can help the body build and maintain an effective immune response during the post-transplant peri...

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    Decorative Caduceus

    Reduce the Severity of DGF in Recipients of a Deceased Donor Kidney

    A Multicenter, Prospective, Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Phase 3 Study of ANG-3777 to Reduce the Severity of Delayed Graft Function in Recipients of a Deceased Donor Kidney. The major object...

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    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • usnews-nephrology

      Best in Northern California for nephrology

    • n4-2x

      Ranked No. 6 in the nation for nephrology

    • 325-2x

      kidney transplants performed each year

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    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class

    This eight-week UCSF class teaches mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, that can reduce stress and improve your overall health.

    Support Group

    Organ Transplant Support Groups

    The UCSF Heart Transplant/LVAD Support Group offers peer-based support for heart transplant patients and patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs).

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    Spiritual Care Services

    Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.

    Special programs

    Living Kidney Donor Programs

    Our living kidney donor program creates options when transplant patients are waiting on a match. Willing donors may help a loved one or choose to help a stranger. Read more.

    International Services

    If you live in another country and are coming to UCSF for medical
    treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.

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    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    Related clinics

    Pancreas Transplant Services

    400 Parnassus Ave., Seventh Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Total Pancreatectomy – Islet Auto-Transplant (TP-IAT) Clinic

    400 Parnassus Ave., 7th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94143-0780

    Dialysis Center

    1675 Scott St.
    San Francisco, CA 94143-1617

    Nephrology and Hypertension Faculty Practice

    400 Parnassus Ave., B1 Plaza Level
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Our research initiatives

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      UCSF Division of Transplant Surgery Research

      The UCSF Division of Transplant Surgery conducts research aimed at expanding medication options, refining surgical techniques and improving methods of preventing transplant rejection.

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