Kidney transplant expertise for complex kidney issues

Mayo Clinic's kidney transplant doctors and surgeons use proven innovations to successfully treat people with kidney failure and complications of diabetes and other diseases. They work with each individual to develop treatments specifically for that person, using a mix of minimally invasive surgery, new medicines to prevent organ rejection and specialized procedures.

As a result, Mayo Clinic is a leader in transplant outcomes.

Mayo Clinic surgeons perform more than 1,000 kidney transplants a year, including for people with very challenging kidney conditions who need special solutions and surgeries. And Mayo Clinic kidney transplant teams in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota are leaders in living-donor kidney transplants. People who receive a kidney from a living donor usually have fewer complications than those who receive a kidney from a deceased donor.

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Mayo Clinic transplant staff can answer your questions about the transplant process and post-transplant life.

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  • Mayo Clinic Kidney Transplant Program
  • 5777 E. Mayo Blvd.
    Phoenix, AZ 85054
  • Phone: 800-344-6296


  • Mayo Clinic Kidney Transplant Program
  • 4500 San Pablo Road
    Jacksonville, FL 32224
  • Phone: 904-956-3309


  • Mayo Clinic Kidney Transplant Program
  • 200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905
  • Phone: 866-249-1648

Kidney Transplant Program

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Mikel Prieto, M.D. (transplant surgeon, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center): A transplant patient is no different than a healthy patient in most respects. At Mayo Clinic we have the tools to make things happen in a speedy way, so we can get you transplanted and get you back to life. Here we see conditions that, in many other places, a doctor like me would see only once a year. Here we see them all of the time because people come from all over the world to be treated for these unique conditions. So what's unique and strange in other places is almost commonplace here.

Raymond L. Heilman, M.D. (nephrologist, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center): Kidney transplant is a very complex process, and it involves multiple disciplines. And patients who come to us need multiple disciplines. We're all here. We're all under one roof. We're really the only integrated national transplant program in the country. One common problem is you may come in for a kidney transplant and you may have a donor, say your friend, but you and your friend are not blood type compatible. One way to get around the problem is an innovative approach called paired kidney exchange.

Martin L. Mai, M.D. (nephrologist, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center): Currently we're able through all three Mayo sites to pool our patients together. The match allows us to do more living-donor transplants than we would without the matching process.

Mikel Prieto: By far the most rewarding part of my job is seeing somebody who comes in sick, frequently scared and desperate, and telling them, we have a good option for you. We can fix this.

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