The Division of Transplantation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is under the overall direction of Kim Olthoff, MD, with active intraabdominal programs in liver, kidney, pancreas and islet cell transplantation, vascular access, and hepatobiliary surgery.
The Penn Transplant Institute, led by Abraham Shaked, MD, PhD, is one of busiest solid organ transplant centers in the country, providing exceptional global care for the transplant recipient, and leading in cutting edge research in transplant science.
The liver and kidney transplant programs at HUP are combined with the transplant activities at the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. During FY13, 187 kidney transplants and 140 liver transplants from both living donors and deceased donors, were performed at both institutions, as well as 12 pancreas transplants and 1 islet cell transplants. At the surgical housestaff and transplant fellow level, there is total integration of the care of all abdominal transplant recipients. Pre and postoperative care is done in collaboration with the transplant nephrology and hepatology teams. General surgery and vascular access procedures required by transplant patients are performed on the transplant service, as well as a significant number of hepatobiliary cases. All of the transplant faculty have active basic science, translational, and clinical research efforts and are nationally recognized leaders in their field.