Kidney Transplant

You have an entire team on your side

We take on the most challenging cases. Even if you’ve been turned down by another transplant center, consider getting a second opinion at Loyola. Our Transplant Center has the human and technological resources to care for the most difficult cases, whether you need a kidney or a multi-organ transplant. While you wait for a kidney, you may face other health challenges from kidney disease, such as sleep problems, osteoporosis (weakened bones) or heart conditions. But you have come to the right place; Loyola has hundreds of specialists who have vast experience in a multitude of conditions ranging from kidney disease to heart ailments to shunting problems.

Since 1971, Loyola’s kidney program has provided a full range of services for patients of all ages with kidney failure, including transplants and dialysis. We use state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery to remove living donor kidneys, which speeds recovery for donors. And our association with the National Kidney Registry (NKR) gives hard-to-match recipients a better chance of finding the best kidney.

As a world-class academic medical center, our doctors teach other doctors about the latest in medicine. And our nurse coordinators have a regional reputation for building close working relationships with our patients. They will answer all your questions, not only before surgery, but afterward as well. This is part of our mission: We treat not just your illness; we also treat the human spirit.

Access to Records

You can also access your medical records online through MyLoyola. Our doctors pride themselves on ensuring seamless communication between patients and their medical teams. Your referring physician also will be routinely updated on your treatment through our secure health information portal, LoyolaConnect.

In addition, our internationally recognized experts are involved in a wide range of clinical research trials, so they bring the latest advances to the bedside and increase your odds of leading a more productive life. You can rest assured that whatever the complication, our multidisciplinary team has a treatment plan just for you.


For an appointment or more information, call (708) 327-4TXP, (708-327-4897), to speak with a Transplant representative.

Patient Story

David Watkins, who thought he was just having headaches, learned that both his kidneys were failing.

Ready to Get Started?

For an appointment or more information, call (708) 327-4TXP, (708-327-4897), to speak with a Transplant representative.

Common Questions

How long should I expect to wait for my transplant?

In Illinois the average wait time for a kidney on the national waiting list is 5 to 7 years. We will continue to manage your condition through dialysis until then. However, if you have an incompatible living donor and choose the Pay-It-Forward program, your wait time might be significantly reduced. Read more of our Frequently Asked Questions.

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