Experience can make all the difference when you are in need of a transplant. If you have a condition like chronic kidney disease, end-stage kidney disease (often called kidney failure) or Type I diabetes mellitus, the experts at University of Florida Health Shands Transplant Center provide hope and life-saving care.
Our center has over 50 years’ experience performing kidney transplants — completing the first one in the state of Florida in 1966. We were also the first in Florida to perform a simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant in 1995. Our center is certified by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and Children’s Medical Services.
With our multidisciplinary approach to care, several team members with complementary skills work together to provide you with the best care possible. While other centers may follow a kidney or pancreas transplant patient for several months after surgery, at UF Health, we like to continue to work with your home physicians and follow you for life.
The UF Health difference
At UF Health Shands Transplant Center, we take pride in our vast experience and expertise, successful outcomes, and our ability to remain on the leading edge of research.
- Experience. We have more than five decades’ experience performing kidney transplants. In addition to UF Health performing the first kidney transplant in Florida in 1966 and the first simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant in 1995, we also performed the first living donor transplant in 1969 and the first pediatric kidney transplant in 1966.
- Expertise. Our center has performed more than 4,800 kidney transplants and over 250 pancreas transplants. Our collaborative approach to patient care combines the expertise of our transplant physicians, transplant surgeons, nurse coordinators, transplant assistants, social workers, financial counselors, transplant pharmacists, immunogeneticists, anesthesiologists, intensivists, dietitians and psychologists.
- Excellence. The rate of transplant at UF Health Shands Transplant Center is significantly higher than the national average, meaning you experience the benefits of receiving a transplant sooner. Within one year, 19.4% of people on our waiting list have received a transplant, compared with 10% of those on transplant waiting lists across the country (Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients).
To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Kidney Transplant – Shands Hospital, please contact (352) 265-0254.
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