At the Forefront of Transplantation

When six patients came to the University of Chicago Medicine this past year — each with failing hearts, livers and kidneys — our expert care teams embraced the challenge other hospitals shied away from, and we saved their lives through rare triple-organ transplants. We have now performed 10 of these transplants since 1999, more than any other institution in the world.

Heart-liver-kidney transplant team at UChicago Medicine
How UChicago Medicine became a leader in triple-organ transplants

How did UChicago Medicine end up performing six triple-organ transplants in one year? It’s all about the right pieces of a complex puzzle coming together at the right time.

UChicago Medicine transplant nurse coordinators provide care throughout post-transplant recovery
What happens after a transplant?

After transplant surgery, a team of support staff steps in to help a patient achieve all of the first-year healing milestones.

Top kidney transplant surgeon, Yolanda Becker, with her patients
Three patients share their journeys to triple-organ transplants

Since UChicago Medicine's historic back-to-back triple-organ transplants in December 2018, their teams have performed another four heart-liver-kidney transplants. Meet three of the four new multi-organ transplant recipients.

Helping Patients No Other Doctors Can Save

Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam, the cardiac surgeon behind several historic organ transplant milestones at UChicago Medicine, is shaped by his spirituality and a relentless drive to help patients.



One Year After Triple Transplant Surgery

In December of 2018, Sarah McPharlin and Daru Smith received new hearts, livers, and kidneys. The story of their friendship captured the attention of millions. Since their surgeries, UChicago Medicine has performed four more triple transplants. No other medical facility in the world has done as many.

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