Meet the Team

Program Overview:

  • Established in 1984.
  • Approved by United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Have performed over 3,600 kidney transplants to date; 229 were performed in 2012 - 175 from live donors and 54 from deceased donors. Texas Transplant Institute has performed more live donor transplants than any other program in the U.S. in the last four years.
  • Program received a 97.91 percent one-year survival rating for patients receiving their first kidney transplant from January 2009 to June 2011 (source: This rating is above the national average for all transplant centers in the U.S.
  • Most experienced live donor program among all kidney transplant centers in the Nation. Nearly 1,900 live donor kidney transplants have been performed to date.This program is ranked #1 in the United States in number of live donor transplants performed since 2009.  Our patients are willing to travel from far to be transplanted at our center because of our experience.
  • This program is also the national leader in paired kidney donation, in which incompatible donor and recipients pairs are matched with other incompatible pairs - over 150 patients have benefited from this program to date, more than any other program in the Nation.
  • Live donor program is a leader in offering comprehensive solutions for patients with incompatible donors. Innovative programs include - paired donor exchange, incompatible blood type de-sensitization, and reduction of high level of antibodies before transplantation.
  • The Incompatible Living Kidney Donor Exchange Program has experienced many accomplishments. We were the first transplant center in Texas to perform simultaneous two-way and three-way paired kidney exchange transplants. In 2010 our team performed the world's largest paired kidney exchange over a three-day period, at a single hospital, which grew to include 23 recipient and donors.
  • Dedicated clinical research program providing patients access to the newest developments in transplant medications and management.
  • Pulsatile renal perfusion laboratory for the best possible preservation and utilization of deceased donor kidneys – only renal pulsatile program in the state of Texas, which leads to more successful transplant outcomes.
  • Bilingual physicians, clinical and support staff.