Pancreas & Islet Transplant

Dr. Hasan with diabetes patient in an exam room

Leading Diabetes Treatment & Research for 100 Years

Breakthroughs made at the University of Chicago Medicine have shaped today's treatment of diabetes. Notably, one of our researchers played a crucial role in the discovery of insulin — an event that has saved countless lives of people with Type 1 diabetes. More recently, we were the first hospital in Illinois to perform a pancreas transplant for a patient with advanced diabetes. Currently, we are also testing another exciting, but experimental, treatment for Type 1 diabetes known as islet transplantation.

Compassionate & Accessible Team of Providers

Photo of members of the Pancreas Center Team, Jeffrey Matthews, MD, Chair of the Department of Surgery, and Piotr Wikowski, MD, PhdD, Assistant Professor of Surgery and the Director of Pancreatic and Islet Transplant Program
Meet Our Team

We pride ourselves on being available at all times to patients. The entire team works exclusively with transplant patients, allowing us to offer tailored treatment and unmatched expertise.

Diabetic patient receiving dialysis at Orland Park
The Pancreas Transplant Process

During the months before and after transplant surgery, each patient is assigned a transplant coordinator. She or he is your personal advocate and is available by phone or page any time of the day or night.

Islet Transplant Clinical Trials for Diabetes

We are among a select number of hospitals in the country testing the effectiveness of islet transplants. Islet transplants are intended to treat advanced Type 1 diabetes by replacing destroyed islets with new ones. The islet cells from a deceased donor's pancreas are removed and injected into a patient's liver so they may begin to make insulin. No surgery is needed. Though promising, we still don't know the long-term benefits and risks of this procedure, which is why we are active in multiple clinical trials.