The Transplant Program at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, is one of the oldest and most successful transplant programs in the world.

Fellowship program

The Division of Organ Transplantation provides outstanding care and to continue developing new techniques that improve organ transplantation results and to train students, residents, and fellows in this vital surgical field.

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Recent News

May 19, 2007 - Friday, Virdeen will be among those celebrating the world’s first pancreas transplant performed December 17, 1966 at the University of Minnesota.

“The initial results were not that stellar,” said Dr. Raja Kandaswamy of the U of M’s Department of Surgery. “There was a lot of challenges, infection, rejection, and so forth, so there was moratorium on transplants for a few years.”

Dr. Kandaswamy recalls by the late 70s the program was rebooted and since then over 50,000 patients, including Virdeen, have received pancreas transplants around the world. 30,000 of those surgeries were done in the United States, and close to 10 percent were performed by University of Minnesota surgeons. Success rates have risen to nearly 90 percent.

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Outcomes Improving for Pediatric Kidney Transplant Recipients - Health Talk

February 28th, 2017 - If a child needed a kidney transplant 40 years ago, their chance of one-year survival was 85 percent.

But a new study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons led by Srinath Chinnakotla, M.D., FACS, associate professor within the Department of Surgery at University of Minnesota Medical School, found pediatric kidney transplant patients have a near 100 percent chance of one-year survival today.

“The outlook for infants and children with end-stage kidney disease was once dismal, with poor survival rates after transplant,” said Chinnakotla. “But many advancements, like better surgical techniques, antirejection medications and living donor protocols, have significantly improved outcomes.”

Admin Contacts
  • Ann Marie Papas
    Division Administrator
    Varvara Kirchner, MD
    Timothy Pruett MD

  • Sylvia Carlson
    Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
    Srinath Chinnakotla MD
    Ty Dunn MD
    Erik Finger MD, PhD

  • Stephanie Taylor
    Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
    Raja Kandaswamy MD
    Arthur Matas MD
    William Payne MD