Kidney Transplant and Dialysis Access
The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is the state’s largest kidney transplant center. We have performed more than 6,000 kidney transplants since 1988. Our extensive kidney transplant and dialysis access management give us valued experience in treating kidney disease.
We look at kidney disease as a process. Kidney failure may happen suddenly or gradually, but with the right care, you can manage your health and continue living a full life.
Whether you are ready for dialysis, transplant or both, we work closely with you to achieve the best outcomes for you and your family.
Why Choose UMMC
Patients and their families choose UMMC because of:
- Good outcomes, even for the sickest patients: This result is particularly notable because we work with many high-risk patients who have been turned down at other centers.
- Robust expertise in dialysis access: Our surgeons offer expert knowledge to create dialysis access for patients, including hemodialysis. Learn more about dialysis access.
- Polycystic kidney disease treatment: We provide bilateral nephrectomy and simultaneous living donor transplant for patients with polycystic kidney disease. In this procedure, we can remove both failing kidneys and implant a donor kidney during one surgical procedure. Many programs require two separate surgeries.
- National Kidney Registry: Our participation in the National Kidney Registry gives us greater flexibility in finding suitable donor-recipient pairs for kidney exchange. Learn more about kidney exchange and living donor kidney transplant.
- Transplant for HIV-positive and hepatitis C-positive patients: We can transplant many patients who are positive for hepatitis C or HIV. Learn more about advances in hepatitis C treatment.
- Living donor transplant: Our program is among the top 10 living donor liver transplant programs in the United States. We offer living donor transplant for adult and pediatric patients. We also offer a simultaneous panniculectomy ("tummy tuck") procedure for qualifying patients. Learn more about living kidney donor transplant.
- Early access to new treatments: Because we are an academic medical center, you have access to the latest kidney care advancements as soon as they are available. Learn more about our research and clinical trials.
Kidney Transplant Options
Learn more about our kidney transplant options:
- Innovative kidney transplant treatments
- Adult kidney transplant
- Living donor kidney transplant
- Dialysis access
- Pediatric transplant
Our experts in kidney disease, dialysis and kidney surgery work closely together to manage your care, whether you require transplant, dialysis or other treatment.
Our team includes:
- Surgeons with specialized expertise in kidney surgery, including dialysis access
- Specialized transplant nephrologists (kidney specialists) who manage patients’ kidney failure before transplantation
- Nurse coordinators, trained specifically in transplant care, who will be your point of contact throughout your care at UMMC and after your transplant
- A dedicated dialysis access clinic to provide personalized dialysis treatment and recommendations
- Recognized transplant immunologists (physicians and researchers who specialize in the immune system) developing new ways to reduce the risk of organ rejection
- Social workers, pharmacists and nutritionists to help you and your family understand the care you need before and after transplant
We see patients at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and partner with community hospitals to bring specialized kidney care to patients throughout the region.
This means many patients can receive highly skilled pre-transplant care at practice locations convenient to them, rather than traveling to Baltimore. Occasionally, our team travels to other dialysis units in neighboring states for the convenience and well-being of our patients.
The specific transplant services available at each location include:
- University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton provides pre-transplant care for patients awaiting kidney transplant.
- University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air offers evaluation for kidney transplant and pancreas transplant.
- University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata offers evaluation for kidney transplant and pancreas transplant.
- Gray Reeves Professional Center in Salisbury offers evaluation for kidney transplant.
For additional information about our kidney transplant program or to speak to someone about becoming a living kidney donor, please call 1-410-328-5408 or 1-800-492-5538.
If you are interested in becoming a living kidney donor, please download our questionnaire.
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.