Our Experts Have the Experience to Treat Complex Transplant Cases

The University of Chicago Medicine transplant surgeons and physicians have the sophisticated medical and surgical expertise as well as the advanced technology required to provide care for patients with rare and complex medical conditions. They can perform multi-organ transplant operations that cannot be performed at other medical centers. Our patients are typically very, very sick when they arrive. They suffer from multiple health problems and have often been turned away by other transplant programs. 

When it comes to multiple-organ transplants, UChicago Medicine transplant surgeons are considered some of the most experienced in the world. Many firsts in multiple-organ transplants have occurred at the University of Chicago's hospitals, including:

  • The first successful heart-liver-kidney transplant in the world
  • The first heart-kidney-pancreas transplant in Illinois
  • The first time a U.S. hospital has ever performed more than one triple-organ transplant within one year. Our team performed two of these complex procedures back-to-back within 27 hours.

Our expert surgeons work side-by-side with specialists in infectious diseases, critical care medicine and other specialties in order to provide the close attention these patients need before, during and after surgery.

UChicago Medicine performs historic back-to-back triple-organ transplants

Two 29-year-old patients from Michigan and Illinois received back-to-back triple-organ transplants to replace their failing hearts, livers and kidneys. The two surgeries lasted more than 17 and 20 hours each. This marked the first time a U.S. hospital has ever performed more than one of these complex procedures within one year, much less within 27 hours.

A Milestone in Organ Transplants

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