Kidney Donation Chain: Who’s Who?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

In April 2013, eight people participated in a kidney transplant chain that took place over two days at UPMC Montefiore. In that time, UPMC surgeons performed four kidney removal surgeries, called nephrectomies, and four kidney transplant surgeries as part of the chain.Kidney Transplant Chain | UPMC HealthBeat“The kidney transplant chain allowed four individuals to get a transplant despite three having donors that were not matches,” explained Dr. Abhinav Humar, chief of transplant at UPMC.

Because of one person’s decision to donate a kidney to a stranger, known as an altruistic donor, three others received the kidney they were hoping for too.


Transplant Services

For more than 30 years, UPMC Transplantation Services has defined the field of transplantation. Since 1981, we have performed more than 17,500 organ transplants. Our role as a pioneer in solid organ transplantation has allowed us to develop some of the most extensive clinical expertise in the field, giving hope to patients across the country and around the world. Read More