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Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program


The Department of Urology

Division of General Adult Urology

Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program

The UCLA Kidney Transplant Program was among the pioneers in transplantation, performing some of the earliest kidney transplants in the United States back in the 1960s. The UCLA Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Program was formally established in 1993 and during its first three years, 50 transplants were performed.

Every year, the UCLA program performs renal transplants in hundreds of adult and pediatric patients, making it the largest program in Southern California. The UCLA Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program has one of the highest kidney transplantation success rates in the world.

The UCLA Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program has earned a national reputation for its clinical and academic excellence, and is recognized as a national leader in clinical research. As a part of UCLA Transplantation Services, the program is a collaboration between transplant physicians in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA’s Division of Nephrology, surgeons in the Department of Urology’s Division of Transplant Surgery, and UCLA Medical Center.

The program has pioneered the use of laparoscopic nephrectomy for harvesting kidneys from live donors, making the procedure much less invasive for those donating an organ. Faculty members are actively involved in islet cell transplant research, which is being funded by a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Telephone Number
(310) 794-7700 Appointments and information, Urology
(310) 825-6836 Appointments and information, Transplantation Services
Co-Directors Specialty
Gritsch, Hans MD Urology; Transplant Surgery
Danovitch, Gabriel MD Nephrology

Lipshutz, Gerald MD Transplant Surgery
Singer, Jennifer MD Pediatric Urology; Transplant Surgery

Body System Location
Kidneys and Urinary System