From Dialysis to Transplant to Song

Singing in her church choir - now thriving after years awaiting transplant - Linda Jackson is a beacon of hope. 

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Linda Jackson, kidney transplant recipient, singing in choir

Kidney transplantation allows people with end-stage kidney failure to prolong life and avoid or eliminate the need for dialysis. Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease with 20 percent or less function should be referred for a kidney transplant evaluation.

Penn's first live kidney transplant was performed in 1966 between two brothers. Nearly 50 years later both brothers are still doing well, making the recipients one of the longest surviving kidney transplant patients in the world.

Our surgeons perform nearly 200 kidney transplants every year, making Penn's kidney transplant program the largest and most experienced kidney transplant program in the region. In May of 2013, The Penn Transplant Institute became the 14th institution in the country and the first in the region to perform 5,000 kidney transplants.

Additionally, our program has been awarded a prestigious Silver Level Award by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for our outstanding outcomes.

The Benefits of Choosing Penn for Kidney Transplant

Patients who choose Penn for their kidney transplant have access to the most advanced care available.

You benefit from:

  • A living kidney donor program, offering an excellent alternative to a long waiting time for a kidney
  • The most experienced physicians in the country who have performed more than 5,000 kidney transplants
  • The most progressive treatment available, as Penn supports research programs that are at the forefront of new developments in kidney transplantation
  • A kidney transplant program that offers patients total integration of care from pre-surgery management, through the kidney transplant surgery and postoperative care


Beyond excellent medical care, we offer kidney transplant patients and their families the highest level of hospitality, including the Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House, a beautiful, modern guest house providing accommodation for patients, their families and caregivers.

Kidney Transplant Program Locations

The kidney transplant program is located at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Evaluations for kidney transplant are also offered at Penn Medicine Bucks County, Penn Medicine Cherry Hill, Lancaster General Health and Princeton Health.

Pediatric Transplant Care

Pediatric patients benefit from a joint program between the Penn Transplant Institute and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) allowing late adolescent patients to transition their care to an adult facility. Additional partnership exists for healthy adult relatives to donate their kidney to a child.

In This Section

Treatment Team

Penn's kidney transplant program is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of specialists who partner with community nephrologists and local dialysis units to manage patients' care from the evaluation visit to the transplant procedure and postoperative care.

Treatments and Procedures

Studies have shown that patients who receive a kidney transplant enjoy improved quality of life and better long-term survival than dialysis patients. Learn more.

Kidney Transplant Support Groups

View upcoming events for the Kidney Transplant Program.

The Penn Difference

Penn Transplant Institute is the only transplant center in the region and one of a select group of programs in the nation to receive a Silver Level Award by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about kidney transplants.

Kidney Transplant - Clinical Trials

Penn's active research and clinical trials provide additional resources for kidney transplant patients. Take a look at the current kidney transplantation clinical trials being performed at Penn.

Forms, Instructions and Guides

Review and/or download forms, instructions, and guides specific to your kidney transplant.

Patient Stories

Watch a video about an inspiring kidney transplant patient story at Penn.

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