Pancreas Transplant

The Pancreas Transplantation Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) successfully completes 15 to 25 pancreas transplantation surgeries each year.

These numbers represent a high volume of pancreas transplant surgeries, and our program is steadily growing.

Additionally, we are national leaders in kidney transplantation, with more than 5,600 kidney transplantations completed.

Our experience translates to better surgical results for our patients.

To make an appointment, please call 410-328-5408

Our mission is to cure patients of insulin-dependent diabetes, particularly when those patients have developed kidney disease. We are committed to our patients' outcomes while advancing the science of transplantation using the latest innovations. As a research group, our Simultaneous Pancreas and Kidney (SPK) surgeons have published more than 500 articles on transplantation.

Types of Pancreas Transplant Offered at UMMC

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At UMMC, we can perform pancreas transplantation on its own or at the same time as living or deceased donor kidney transplantation.

  • Simultaneous pancreas AND kidney transplantation (SPK): For diabetic patients who also have kidney failure. SPK refers to the transplantation of a pancreas and kidney at the same time (pancreas and kidney can be donated from the same deceased donor or kidney can be donated from a living donor).
  • Pancreas transplantation alone (PTA): Transplantation of the pancreas only in patients with insulin-dependent diabetes. 
  • Pancreas after kidney (PAK): Pancreas transplantation performed after the patient recovers from successful living or deceased donor kidney transplantation.
  • Pancreas re-transplantation: Patients with a prior successful pancreas transplant that may have failed over years or decades may decide to pursue re-transplantation. Our surgeons have expertise in re-transplantation, which requires more complicated technical approaches.