The Division of Transplantation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is under the overall direction of Kim Olthoff, M.D. The University of Pennsylvania has one of busiest clinical transplant centers in the country, with active intraabdominal programs in liver, kidney, pancreas and islet cell transplantation done from living and cadaveric donors, providing exceptional global care for the transplant recipient.
The liver and kidney programs at HUP are combined with the transplant activities at the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. During FY 2006, 218 kidney transplants, 21 pancreas transplants, and 153 liver transplants were performed at both institutions. 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 coordinated with the transplant nephrology and hepatology consultants. 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 laboratories and are nationally recognized leaders in their field.