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The University of Minnesota’s organ transplant program is one of the oldest and most successful in the world. For 50 years, people with end-stage organ failure have received the most advanced care available from surgeons at University of Minnesota Physicians. In fact, we made history with the world's first pancreas transplant in 1966, the first combined kidney-liver transplant in the Midwest, and our 800th heart transplant in 2014. 

Continuing this strong tradition of care and innovation, more transplant surgeons have trained at our hospitals — University of Minnesota Medical Center, and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital — than at any other center in the U.S. And, our researchers are focused on continually creating better transplants and treatments to save lives.


Transplants performed by University of Minnesota Physicians include:

  • Heart -
    • University of Minnesota is one of the world’s longest-running heart transplant centers, with 2014 ushering in our 800th heart transplant. We offer the most advanced treatment options to people living with advanced heart failure, including heart transplants in combination with kidney or other organ transplants.
    • Our survival rates are well above the national average. We are among only a few programs nationally to offer the alternative of older heart donors, improving the chances of a transplant for some patients. For people awaiting a heart transplant, we are leaders in using mechanical circulatory support (the ventricular assist device) to keep their hearts strong.
  • Intestine - 
    • The University of Minnesota is one of only a few centers in the United States to offer intestinal transplants. We’re renowned for our ability to help people with multiple health problems, including severe complications of total parenteral nutrition (TPN), intestinal obstructions, intestinal tumors, and non-functioning or missing short bowel.
  • Kidney -
    • University of Minnesota Physicians have performed more than 7,000 kidney transplants, making us one of the largest and most experienced kidney transplant programs in the world.
    • Our living-donor kidney transplant program is the world’s largest. We have performed more transplants of kidneys from living donors than any center in the world, with some of the highest success rates in the United States. For people awaiting a liver or kidney, a transplant from a living donor is an important alternative because the waiting time is shorter.
  • Liver - 
    • We have performed more than 600 liver transplants, and are a leading transplant center in numbers of transplants from adult, living donors.
  • Lung and heart/lung -
    • University of Minnesota Physicians operates one of the largest, most successful lung transplant programs in the United States, with survival rates significantly higher than the national average.
    • University of Minnesota Physicians specializes in lung transplants for people with cystic fibrosis.
  • Pancreas -
    • University of Minnesota surgeons performed the world’s first pancreas transplant in 1966, proving that it allows a person with diabetes to live without insulin injections. Our program boasts 10% of all pancreas transplants in the world. University surgeon David Sutherland, M.D., performed the world’s first transplant of a partial pancreas from a living, related donor in 1979. Since then we’ve developed the world’s oldest and largest program of living donor pancreas transplants.
  • Islet cells -
    • Islet cells in the pancreas produce insulin to convert carbohydrates to energy. The University of Minnesota's Schulze Diabetes Institute performs the most procedures in the world to remove the pancreas and transplant islet cells into the body — a treatment for chronic infection or inflammation of the pancreas.


Clinics & Providers

Specialty highlights

Complex patients
The University of Minnesota’s Transplant Center accepts people considered high-risk by other transplant centers, including those who are elderly, have certain cancers, or have received other transplants. 

Transplants for children
Our program is one of the world’s oldest and most successful transplant programs for children. UMPhysicians pediatric transplant surgeons perform heart, liver, kidney and intestinal transplants. We’ve performed more pediatric kidney transplants than any other program in the world, with the highest reported success rates in infants and very young children. The transplant program at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is internationally-renowned for innovations in anti-rejection drug therapy.


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