The UCSF Connie Frank Transplant Center cares for patients before and after kidney and pancreas transplants. We transplant kidneys from deceased (cadaver) donors as well as living donors. We also offer specialized procedures, such as weight-loss bariatric surgery for overweight patients to quality for transplant, dialysis access surgery, and pancreatic islet transplants for patients with diabetes.

Established in 1964, our program serves as a major transplant center for the West. Our kidney team evaluates over 1,000 patients a year as potential transplant candidates and performs more than 325 transplants a year. In 2015, we performed more kidney and combined kidney-pancreas transplants than any other program in the U.S., according to data from the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network.

For information about UCSF's post-transplant outcomes, please visit The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients and The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

For information about UCSF's post-transplant services, watch our video to see how our doctors work with patients as a team to manage their long-term care after a transplant:

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    FAQ: Living Kidney Donor

    Living donor kidney transplants are an important option. They're possible because we're born with two kidneys. Learn more here.

    Surgical Weight Loss Procedures for Kidney Transplant Patients

    In the case of patients waiting for a kidney transplant, losing weight also can improve their chances of being a transplant candidate. Learn more here.

    Transplant Screening Tests

    Regardless of the type of kidney transplant you may undergo, special blood tests are needed to determine the kind of blood and tissue you have. Learn more.

    Decorative Caduceus

    Study of Efficacy, Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetic (PK) and Pharmacodynamic (PD) of an An...

    Integrative score that will provide a prediction of graft survival at year 5

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    Pancreatic Islets and Parathyroid Gland Co-transplantation for Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes

    Safety: Since this study is a pilot non-randomized safety and efficacy trial with patient enrollment limited by budgetary constraints, no direct statistical significance tests can be performed.

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    Treg Modulation With CD28 and IL-6 Receptor Antagonists

    Definitions: Acute T cell Mediated Rejection: Biopsy proven rejection defined by histologic evidence of a Banff grade of ≥1A and clinical treatment for acute rejection. Acute Antibody Mediated Rejection: Diffusely positive immunos...

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    Decorative Caduceus

    Treg Modulation With CD28 and IL-6 Receptor Antagonists

    Definitions: Acute T cell Mediated Rejection: Biopsy proven rejection defined by histologic evidence of a Banff grade of ≥1A and clinical treatment for acute rejection. Acute Antibody Mediated Rejection: Diffusely positive immunos...

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    HOPE in Action Prospective Multicenter, Clinical Trial of Deceased HIVD+ Kidney Transplants for...

    Time to first of any of the following events: death or graft failure or serious adverse event (SAE) or HIV breakthrough or opportunistic infection

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Impact of CCR5 Blockade in HIV+ Kidney Transplant Recipients

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Microarrays in Liver Transplantation

    Based on the reference set, create molecular classifier that predicts antibody mediated and T cell mediated rejection for next 200 biopsies

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    OCS Liver PROTECT Continued Access Protocol

    Incidence of early allograft dysfunction or primary non-function of donor liver

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Cellular Immunotherapy in Recipients of HLA-matched, Living Donor Kidney Transplants

    Achievement of the required duration of persistent donor mixed chimerism to permit calcineurin inhibitor immunosuppressive withdrawal beginning at 6-7 months post-kidney transplant surgery, and Successful withdrawal from all immun...

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    Decorative Caduceus

    Reduce the Severity of DGF in Recipients of a Deceased Donor Kidney

    The severity of DGF will be assessed by its duration as measured by the number of days a patient remains dialysis dependent.

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    Awards & recognition

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      Best hospital in Northern California

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      Best in Northern California in nephrology

    • 325-2x

      kidney transplants performed each year

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    Case Management and Social Work

    Connect with a team that can help you find resources, solve problems and advocate for you during treatment at UCSF.

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    Koz Hospitality House

    Located near our Parnassus campus, Koz Hospitality House provides comfortable, reasonably priced accommodations for UCSF patients during their treatment.

    Class

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class

    This eight-week UCSF class teaches mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, that can reduce stress and improve your overall health.

    Support Group

    Organ Transplant Support Groups

    The UCSF Heart Transplant/LVAD Support Group offers peer-based support for heart transplant patients and patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs).

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    Patient Relations

    We welcome feedback about your experience at UCSF Health. Find out how to contact us with comments, questions or concerns.

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    Spiritual Care Services

    Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.

    Special programs

    Living Kidney Donor Programs

    Our living kidney donor program creates options when transplant patients are waiting on a match. Willing donors may help a loved one or choose to help a stranger. Read more.

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
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    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    If you live in another country and are coming to UCSF for medical
    treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    Zion.

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    Related clinics

    Pancreas Transplant Services

    400 Parnassus Ave., Seventh Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Total Pancreatectomy – Islet Auto-Transplant (TP-IAT) Clinic

    400 Parnassus Ave., 7th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94143-0780

    Dialysis Center

    1675 Scott St.
    San Francisco, CA 94143-1617

    Nephrology and Hypertension Faculty Practice

    400 Parnassus Ave., B1 Plaza Level
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Our research initiatives

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      UCSF Division of Transplant Surgery Research

      The UCSF Division of Transplant Surgery conducts research aimed at expanding medication options, refining surgical techniques and improving methods of preventing transplant rejection.

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