Penn Transplant Institute

Refer a Patient

Kidney Transplant

The Penn Transplant Institute is dedicated to serving as a resource for physicians and their patients. Penn's multidisciplinary team leads the region in the total number of transplants performed and is ranked among the top 10 multi-organ transplant centers in the country.


Physician Services with Penn PhysicianLink®

Penn PhysicianLink® is an exclusive program that helps all referring physicians connect with Penn Medicine. This comprehensive package of support services expedites and facilitates direct physician communication for patient consults, referrals, transfers and appointments.

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Initiating the Kidney Evaluation Process

Patients should be considered for transplant evaluation at the time of referral to dialysis or when the patient’s GFR is less than or equal to 20 ml/min.

The Penn kidney transplant program is a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a Medicare-approved transplant center and a center of excellence for a number of insurance companies.

Records can be faxed or mailed to the Penn Transplant Institute:

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Penn Transplant Institute
Kidney Transplant Program
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
West Pavilion, Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215-662-6200
Fax: 215-349-5096

Patients who do not meet the criteria for kidney transplant consultation can be seen by any of the specialists at the Penn Transplant Institute for a second opinion or disease management. Transplant staff will help coordinate the referral. The Penn transplant team is always available to discuss the candidacy of any prospective kidney transplant patient.

Communication with Referring Physicians

Communication with referring physicians is a top priority for the Penn kidney transplant team. Referring physicians are called at the time of transplant and are updated on the patient's hospital course. Continuing communication regarding patient status is sent via letters at the time of follow up office visits. Team members are also available via cell phone or email to answer any questions or discuss a patient.

Patient Education

The Penn Transplant Institute is pleased to provide free kidney transplant group patient education sessions for nephrology practices and dialysis units. To schedule a session at your practice or dialysis unit, please contact Margaret Leid, transplant community liaison at 215-615-4462 or

Staff In-services

The kidney transplant team is committed to educating dialysis units and nephrology office staff about all aspects of the kidney transplant process. The following topics are available for breakfast or lunch in-service training:

  • Living Kidney Donation
  • The Kidney Transplant Evaluation: How to Prepare Your Patients
  • Post-Transplant Care: Partnering to Serve Patient Well

In addition, evening dinner sessions that can be tailored to specific practice interests allow nephrologists and their clinical team to meet with Penn’s transplant nephrologists and surgeons. For more information, please contact Margaret Leid, transplant community liaison at 215-615-4462 or