UAB continues to innovate as it passes 10,000th kidney transplant mark

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UAB) — UAB Medicine performed Alabama’s first kidney transplant in 1968 and recently completed its 10,000th such procedure – a milestone achieved by very few transplant hospitals.

One of the three largest kidney transplant centers in the nation, UAB Medicine has consolidated its organ transplant efforts into the UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute, which over the past half-century has pioneered many changes, including groundbreaking research, new medications, and innovative treatment techniques.

UAB Medicine has a streamlined transplant evaluation process, and it continues to expand its kidney transplant team to help meet the demands of the roughly 3,000 candidates on its kidney waiting list alone. Its kidney transplant program enjoys some of the most impressive success rates in the country, and patients turn to UAB Medicine’s Comprehensive Transplant Institute for its well-established expertise and experience.

The strongest endorsements, however, come from patients. One such patient is Jan Jones, a former UAB Medicine employee who underwent a simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant in 2011 after struggling with diabetes for many years. She chose UAB Medicine for convenience and for its impressive outcomes, but she soon discovered a profound level of caring and compassion that comforted her during a difficult journey.

“The care the patients receive at UAB is outstanding,” says Jones, who now leads an active and healthy life. “My experience was stellar. My clinicians, my surgeons, all the nurses, the transplant coordinators, and administrators who helped me through my journey that began as a child, I think of them as my extended family. Thanks to the UAB transplant team, I don’t have diabetes today. As long as these organs continue to work, I’ve been cured of an incurable disease.”

UAB Medicine is now celebrating its 50th anniversary as a center for excellence in organ transplantation – and looking forward to the next 50 years of life-changing innovations in treating patients in central Alabama and across the country.

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