Overview

Pancreas transplant team members

Pancreas transplant team members are experts in treating people with serious health conditions.

Mayo Clinic's pancreas transplant doctors and surgeons use proven innovations to successfully treat people whose pancreas no longer functions properly. Their multidisciplinary approach and broad experience translate to better outcomes for people with diabetes, kidney failure other complex conditions. Their expertise with a range of transplant options means that you will be able to choose the most appropriate treatment for your situation.

Mayo Clinic's specialists focus on your needs, bringing to your situation the strength of their:

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic surgeons perform more than 50 pancreas transplants each year at its three sites in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona. They are experts in simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant and leaders of clinical trials in islet cell transplantation. Islet transplantation is a technique that gives people with type 1 diabetes needed insulin-producing cells without a pancreas transplant.
  • Teamwork. Our pancreas, kidney and islet transplant specialists are focused on the needs of you and your family. They collaborate with you and a multidisciplinary team of doctors in endocrinology, infectious disease management and other specialties to provide the most appropriate treatment.

    By working together, your surgeons, doctors, transplant nurses, pharmacists, social workers and others manage every aspect of your pancreas transplant, from planning through post-surgical care.

  • Advanced technology. Mayo Clinic physicians have advanced the science and clinical practice related to many procedures, including simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant, islet cell transplant and new protocols that enable more people to have access to safe treatment options.
  • Innovative research. Our scientists and physicians are involved in research that makes pancreas transplants safer and available to more people. At Mayo Clinic, you may have access to ongoing clinical trials and new treatments. The Transplant Research Center brings together abdominal surgeons, diabetes doctors (endocrinologists), experts in human cell therapy and collaborators from other centers to do team science every day.

    Some Mayo Clinic researchers are focused on eliminating the need for pancreas transplant. For example, they are leaders in a major artificial pancreas study involving five U.S. centers and three in Europe. An effective artificial pancreas would mean people could control type 1 diabetes without surgery.

Mayo Clinic surgeons perform pancreas transplants and simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplants at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Pancreas transplant in children is provided at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. At Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona, we partner with Phoenix Children's Hospital to treat children who may need kidney transplants.

Mayo Clinic doctors and scientists

Mayo Clinic doctors and scientists research new treatment options for people with diabetes.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for diabetes and endocrinology in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for diabetes and endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report.

June 24, 2016
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