Patients who receive kidney/pancreas transplantation at Ohio State benefit from our leadership in the field of transplantation. Ohio State's Comprehensive Transplant Center has one of the largest kidney transplant programs in the country. As an academic medical center, we participate in clinical trials and research programs that allow our patients access to some of the most leading edge treatments available.
Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Referral
Referring physicians, dialysis centers, insurance case managers and other transplant centers can make a referral for a patient to be evaluated for transplantation appropriateness at Ohio State’s Medical Center. Learn more about the referral process
Who Can Be a Candidate for Pancreas/Kidney Transplantation
People whose kidneys have failed because of type 1 diabetes may be best served by combined pancreas/kidney transplantation. Under these circumstances, the diabetic usually receives both a pancreas and a kidney from a single deceased donor. The transplant candidate may obtain a combined pancreas/kidney transplant prior to the need for dialysis.
Candidates for pancreas/kidney transplantation must show that they are able and willing to be involved in their own care. A great deal of the transplant’s success depends on the patient’s ability to take medications as instructed and to follow the recommendations of the transplant surgeons and nurses. Please see more in our Patient Journey section.
Why Candidates Can Be Ruled Out
Screenings before transplant ensure that you are in good medical and psychological health and that you have the motivation and support to comply with treatment plans. All patients must meet the chemical dependency requirements of the State of Ohio Solid Organ Transplant Consortium. Kidney-pancreas transplantation is not an option for people with type 2 diabetes because with type 2 diabetes, the patient’s body tissues are not able to use insulin effectively. However, a kidney transplant is an option for people with type 2 diabetes who experience kidney failure. People who generally are not candidates include those with metastatic cancer, active infection or severe medical problems.
The Gift of Life
Replacement organs usually come from deceased donors, although it is possible for a healthy person to donate a healthy kidney while alive and for the pancreas to come from a deceased donor. If you wish to receive a kidney-pancreas transplant and the Comprehensive Transplant Center team determines that you are an appropriate candidate for the procedure, you will be placed on a waiting list until a compatible organ becomes available. The CTC partners with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Ohio Solid Organ Consortium and Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement to find donors for patients.
Please use the following links to learn more about kidney transplantation and the patient experience at The Ohio State University Medical Center:
Link to TransChart Patient Management System
For more information about kidney-pancreas transplantation, please call or write to the pretransplant office:
Abdominal Transplant Office
The Ohio State University Medical Center
760 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212
614-293-6724 or 800-293-8965