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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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The Mayo Clinic Division of Nephrology and Hypertension is consistently and widely recognized for providing outstanding patient care. Our specialists are known for expertise in kidney transplantation, regenerative medicine, and treatment of polycystic kidney disease, complex glomerular disease and renal artery disease.

This tradition of expert nephrology care is rooted in more than 100 years of Mayo Clinic doctors being at the forefront of advances in nephrology and hypertension medicine. The first hemodialysis treatment was performed at Mayo Clinic in 1955. Today, Mayo Clinic performs more than 100,000 outpatient and home dialysis treatments each year. In the 1970s, Mayo was the first medical center in the United States to offer a multidisciplinary stone clinic.

Renal care center of excellence

Mayo Clinic and Baxter are collaborating to develop a renal care center of excellence at the Mayo Clinic Dialysis Center at the clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. They will codevelop products and services for people with kidney disease with the goal of improving patient outcomes.

Highly recognized dialysis center

The dialysis center on Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida has earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Under the CMS system, a five-star rating shows a center is much above average compared with other dialysis facilities.

Transplant Center

Mayo Clinic nephrology experts are active in patient care in the Transplant Center. The Mayo Clinic Transplant Center is the largest integrated transplant provider in the United States. Mayo Clinic surgeons perform more than 950 kidney transplants a year, and the center is a leader in simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplants and living-donor kidney transplants.

Comprehensive cancer center

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards as a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, recognizing scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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Feb. 08, 2022