Penn Transplant Institute

The Penn Difference

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the Penn Transplant Institute's Kidney Transplant program a Silver Level Award. Penn is the only transplant center in the region and one of a select group of programs in the nation to receive this distinction.

Read more about the HHS Transplant Center Awards

Why Patients Choose Penn Medicine's Kidney Transplant Program

Penn Medicine's kidney transplant program is leading health care beyond the limits of conventional medicine by offering patients more options to improve their lives every day. Patients who choose Penn for their kidney transplant have access to the most advanced care available.

The kidney transplant program at Penn Medicine, part of the Penn Transplant Institute's multi-organ transplant center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, has established a national reputation with a number of noteworthy attributes including:

  • Performs nearly 200 kidney transplants every year, making Penn's kidney transplant program the largest and most experienced kidney transplant program in the region.
  • Since the program's first kidney transplant in 1966, Penn transplant surgeons have performed more than 4,100 kidney transplants and consistently achieve transplant survival rates that exceed national averages.*
  • The only kidney transplant center in the region and one of a select group of programs in the nation to be awarded a Silver Level Award by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Transplant Center Awards.
  • An active living donor program, offering patients an excellent alternative to a long waiting time for a kidney.
  • Provides consulting and training services for other medical professionals around the world.
  • Recognized by both peers and consumers in Best Doctors in America, Philadelphia magazine's "Top Docs" and America's Top Doctors.
  • Membership in the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
  • Partners with Gift of Life, the regional organ procurement organization and the largest organ procurement organization in the country.
  • Supports active research programs that put Penn at the forefront of new developments in kidney transplantation.

* Data Source: OPTN/SRTR Center and OPO specific reports (June 2010): Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients; available at www.OPTN.org and www.ustransplant.org.