Organ Transplant

Patients who once had no hope for survival after their organs failed now lead healthy lives as organ transplant recipients at UCSF. Our world-renowned transplant team has been in the forefront of clinical and basic research, pioneering anti-rejection medications and other treatments that have benefitted patients throughout across the globe.


Organ Transplantation at UCSF

Children, previously given little hope of survival when their organs failed, now thrive as healthy adults with transplanted organs. At UCSF, each transplant candidate is carefully evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of transplant surgeons, gastroenterologists, nephrologists, hepatologists, infectious disease specialists and social workers. Patients receive state-of-the-art care and intensive long-term follow-up for these highly complex procedures.

The Division of Transplant Surgery has a thriving research program and offers a broad portfolio of clinical trials led by an outstanding team of principal investigators, clinical research nurses and trial coordinators. The Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program offers a rich educational experience for the transplant fellow, many of whom continue their careers at UCSF and eventually becoming leaders in the field.


  • Performed more kidney transplants than any other institution in the world – over 8,300 since 1964
  • Designated as a "Center of Excellence" for adult and pediatric liver transplants by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, performing more liver transplants than any other hospital in Northern California
  • Performed over 60 pancreas transplants from 2007-2009, making the division one of the busiest pancreas transplant centers in the country
  • One of the few divisions for both adults and children in the United States that performs intestinal transplants
  • Pediatric kidney transplant program is one of the oldest and most experienced kidney transplant programs in the nation – performing more than 500 transplants in children and teenagers since 1964
  • Children who receive livers at UCSF have a survival rate of more than 95 percent after one year and 90 percent after five years – well above the national average – and the program has one of the lowest re-transplantation rates in the country

Our Division is deeply committed to offering state-of-the-art clinical care, to developing the most innovative and productive research programs, and to the training of future leaders in the field of transplantation through outstanding educational programs.” - John P. Roberts, M.D., Chief, Division of Transplant Surgery chief

For more information on supporting Surgery at UCSF, please contact Sarah Krumholz at or 415/502-1899.