Entering the Transplant Program
Entering our transplant program requires a thorough evaluation and examination. Our nurse coordinator will assist you in scheduling all of the necessary appointments.
The coordinator will also discuss the process with you in detail, so you feel informed and comfortable with the next steps in your care. The coordinator can answer any questions you may have about entering the program.
Before we list you for a transplant, we will evaluate you. This evaluation helps us determine your placement on the waiting list for a transplant.
As part of the evaluation, we will:
- Perform a thorough physical examination
- Study your medical records
- Check if your other organs are strong enough for surgery
- Describe the transplant in detail
- Explain what happens after transplant, including the medications you will need to take
- Ask about your insurance, finances and who will help care for you after surgery
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) maintains national waiting lists for organs that become available for transplant. These waiting lists aim to distribute organs fairly across the nation.
Your placement on the waiting list depends on your:
- Health status and medical need
- Time spent waiting
- Blood type and size of the needed organ
- Geographic distance between donor and recipient
To get on the national waiting list for organ transplant:
- You or your physician requests an evaluation by University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).
- You schedule your evaluation appointment.
- Your doctor’s office sends your medical records and lab results to UMMC.
- After your evaluation, we will let you know within about 10 days if you are a good transplant candidate. We also will tell you the date we added you to the waiting list.
Some patients choose to be listed at multiple hospitals. Multiple listing can shorten your waiting time in some cases. Learn more about multiple listing at UMMC.
Most transplant candidates are referred to the program by their:
- Primary doctor
- Social worker
You may also enter by calling the program directly at 1-800-492-5538.
The transplant evaluation takes about 4 hours. It includes meetings with our transplant team, as well as medical exams and the chance to ask questions.
We encourage your support person or caregiver and potential living organ donors to attend the initial evaluation with you.
Before your evaluation:
- Please fill out the registration form [PDF] and bring it to your evaluation.
- Have your medical records transferred to the Transplant Office from your referring physician before your evaluation appointment. If this is not possible, you should bring your medical records to the evaluation appointment.
During the evaluation, a transplant surgeon and medical specialists will visit with you and answer your questions. The evaluation lasts about 4 hours and includes:
- A medical history
- A physical exam
- An education session
During the education session, we will talk with you and your caregiver(s) about every aspect of transplantation. This part of the process will help you decide if transplant surgery is the right path for you.
You will watch a short video about the transplant process. You can take home written materials to help you understand the process as well.
A specially trained transplant nurse will also meet with you to discuss:
- Transplant process: The entire transplant process from the moment a patient enters the program through surgery, discharge planning and outpatient follow-up
- Waiting list: The waiting period and the national waiting list, which determines when a patient receives organs
- Results: Your expected results following surgery
- Post-transplant: What you need to know about taking responsibility for your ongoing well-being after transplant
Evaluations at our main UMMC campus take place at the:
Transplant Center - Frenkil Building
16 S. Eutaw Street, 1st Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
We tailor our transplant evaluation process to your situation and schedule:
- Many patients complete most of the evaluation process in one short day at our Baltimore hospital.
- Out-of-town patients may be able to complete most evaluation testing in their home community.
- Our regional clinics on the Eastern Shore make it possible for patients in those areas to meet with our physicians without traveling to Baltimore. See our practice locations.
- Prospective liver transplant patients can participate in secure e-visits with UMMC transplant physicians.
Those interested in becoming a living kidney donor or a living liver donor can download one of the questionnaires below and contact the Transplant Office at 410-328-5408:
Learn more about:
For additional information about our transplant program or to request an evaluation, please call 1-800-492-5538.
For Referring Physicians
To refer a patient or get more information, please call 1-800-373-4111. A physician service representative from Consultation and Referral Services will direct your call to the appropriate physician or department.
For more details, please visit our section for referring physicians.