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The first kidney transplantation in California was performed at Stanford in 1960. The Stanford Kidney Transplant Program started in 1991. Since its inception, Stanford doctors within the program have performed more than 1,200 kidney transplants. From the outset, our goal has not only been to deliver the finest care possible, but to also pioneer new treatment methods that improve patient outcomes both short- and long-term.
Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program at Boswell Building
As exceptional as our results have been, Stanford Hospital's Transplant Program continually conducts research to find new treatment methods that will improve outcomes and increase the quality of life of our patients for years to come.
Physicians and clinicians with the Program have a long history of research in transplant immunology and clinical immunosuppression. The team continues to focus research on strategies to minimize side effects of chronic immunosuppression, and to conduct trials that someday soon may eliminate the life-long need for anti-rejection drugs in some transplant patients.
Stanford doctors are improving patients' lives by developing clinical techniques to eliminate the need for lifelong immunosuppressant therapy after transplantation.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
As you explore kidney transplantation, please make sure you have a dedicated caregiver, commit to following your transplant team's instructions, and secure health insurance to cover treatment and follow-up care. Call us to speak with a transplant recipient or living donor mentor. We can also connect you with local support groups.
Potential donors can begin the evaluation process by contacting our living donor coordinator at 1-650-736-0795.
PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Your first appointment will include a group education session and routine medical tests such as chest x-ray, EKG, and blood work.
At your second appointment, you will meet with a transplant nephrologist, transplant coordinator, and social worker. This appointment will last 2-4 hours.
You may bring a family member or friend to one or both of your appointments.
You may bring potential donors to your second appointment.
Bring a complete list of medications you are taking and dates of any hospitalizations or blood transfusions to both appointments.
Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.
We want to assure you that we'll provide your patient with the same level of personal care you give them. Because of the seriousness of the condition, we do everything we can to give your patients rapid access to our program. Throughout the patient evaluation process we keep an open line of communication between you and our team to keep you informed of your patient's status, ongoing care and progress toward finding a donor.
HOW TO REFER
Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-723-3997.
Once we receive your Referral Form, one of our patient care coordinators will fax a confirmation of receipt to your office. Your patient will be contacted and scheduled for a group teaching session and the first evaluation appointment upon insurance clearance. You and your patient will be informed in writing about our selection committee’s recommendations.
FOLLOW UP ON A PATIENT
As your patient's case progresses, we'll provide you with regular status updates, and you're always welcome to call your patient's Stanford physician to discuss the case.