A transplant is a surgery that is done to replace one of your organs with a healthy one from someone else. The surgery is only one part of a complex, long-term process. Our multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive transplant care, from your initial evaluation, to the surgery and long-term post-surgical care.
We perform 3 types of transplants:
- Kidney transplant
- Pancreas transplant
- Kidney/pancreas transplant – Pancreas transplant is rarely done alone. It is almost always done when someone with type 1 diabetes also needs a kidney.
For patients who are referred to our program, we work closely with them through the entire pre-transplant process - from education class to efficient placement on the wait list.
If you have a potential living donor, a "fast track" or expedited pre-transplant evaluation can be performed, particularly if you are either on dialysis or dialysis-imminent.
Our transplant recipients receive ongoing care even after their transplant. Our team stays with you to provide primary care and critical care so we can address any issues such as post-operative immunosuppression or complex infectious disease.
Our multidisciplinary team consists of transplant surgeons, nephrologists, advanced practice providers, nurse coordinators, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, financial and data coordinators and ancillary staff.
Drs. Robert Stratta, Alan Farney, Giuseppe Orlando and Colleen Jay are fellowship-trained multi-organ abdominal transplant surgeons specializing in kidney and pancreas transplantation, dialysis access, and general surgery in patients with renal failure.
Drs. Amber Reeves-Daniel and Alejandra Mena Gutierrez are fellowship-trained nephrologists specializing in transplantation medicine.
Highlights of Our Program
We perform between 160 and 180 transplants annually and are ranked among the top 30 most active kidney and pancreas transplant programs nationally.
Our extensive experience translates to better care and outcomes for you. Our patients receive a transplant more quickly than at other centers in the state or region. We participate in nearly all insurance plans, and several have designated Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in their Centers of Excellence for Transplant.
We often care for “high risk” patients, including those with coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, diabetes, morbid obesity, and adequately controlled chronic viral infections such as HIV and hepatitis C.
We have an established track record in successfully transplanting patients who have been refused at other centers as well as patients who have had one or more previous transplants.
The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients offers information on our program as compared to other kidney and pancreas transplant programs regionally and nationally. They include information about the number of patients on our waiting list, the number of patients being cared for by our program, as well as patient outcome data.