HLA/Immunogenetics Laboratory

The HLA/Immunogenetics Laboratory at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center provides critical histocompatibility testing services for:

  • Patients awaiting kidney, pancreas, and heart transplantation
  • Patients requiring HLA-compatible platelet transfusions and/or bone marrow transplantation
  • Patients with conditions or diseases associated with certain HLA antigens

Beginnings of the HLA Lab

Our laboratory began in 1969 when Eugene Heise, PhD, established one of the first clinical histocompatibility (HLA) laboratories. In 1970, Jesse Meredith, MD, performed the Medical Center's first transplant, an adult HLA-identical brother-to-brother living donor kidney transplant. Since then, our transplant program has attracted many patients, as well as nationally recognized faculty.

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HLA/Immunogenetics Lab


8 am to 5 pm
24/7 On-call
HLA/Immunogenetics Laboratory
145 Kimel Park Dr., Ste 250
Winston-Salem, NC  27103-6972
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Kidney Transplant Candidates and Dialysis Centers

Kidney Transplant Candidates and Dialysis Centers

Each calendar month, We strongly encourage you  to submit for each and every patient on the active (status 1) kidney waiting list one red top blood tube in order for our laboratory to perform PRA testing, also known as a monthly serum screen. This is to ensure that we have adequate and up to date serum on file in case a donor does become available so that each patient may be fairly considered.

Last Updated: 09-01-2015
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