Pediatric kidney transplant

University of Minnesota Physicians transplant specialists and the pediatric transplant care team at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital provide expert care for children undergoing and following an organ transplant. In fact, our program is especially well known for transplant success. Over the past 40-some years, we’ve done more pediatric kidney transplants — with the highest success rate in the smallest children — than anywhere else in the world. Our expertise, multidisciplinary approach and unprecedented success make us a destination program for both United States-based and international patients.


  • One of the world’s oldest and most successful programs for pediatric kidney transplant
  • World-leader living-donor program
  • Included among U.S. News & World Report ’s top 10 transplant programs
  • Performed most transplants for children under age 2 — successfully treating children who would otherwise have been on dialysis until reaching the size requirement of other centers
  • Specialized in complex cases: major bladder abnormalities, imperforate anus and other technically demanding issues
  • Collaborative, coordinated care from specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners and experts in related areas
  • Assessment, treatment and follow-up care all apply the latest in innovation
  • Nearly 1,000 pediatric kidney transplants
  • Excellent supports for out-of-town patients, since nearly 40 percent of our patients come from outside Minnesota, referred here for our unique capabilities



  • Internationally recognized as leader in transplantation advancement
  • More transplant surgeons trained here than any other center in the nation
  • Nation’s first officially approved transplant fellow training program
  • Pioneering research and care in pediatric kidney transplant
  • Dialysis offered as bridge to transplant and maximizing opportunity for best-possible transplant outcome.
  • Program staffed by eight dedicated, world-renowned pediatric transplant nephrologists
  • Continuous National Institutes of Health research support in kidney transplantation for more than 35 years — longer than any other U.S. transplant center
  • Clinical trials as available and appropriate


Central Scheduling: 612.672.7422

Provider Referrals: 612.672.7000

Administrative Offices: 612.884.0600

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