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With over 50 years of excellence in transplantation the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Kidney Transplant Program is renowned as a center for innovation in surgical techniques and treatment options. It is one of the highest volume programs in the United States and one of few programs with higher than expected patient and graft survival rates, despite the fact that we transplant a diverse group of patients.

Our Transplant Volumes

Sketch of transplanted kidneys in the body Figure 1: NYP/Weill Cornell Transplant Volumes This graphic shows the high volume of transplants that NYP/Weill Cornell performs each year. We have one of the highest volumes of kidney transplants in the United States, performing over 200 kidney transplants every year since 2006.

A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure performed to give a patient whose own kidneys have failed a healthy kidney from another person. The kidney may come from a deceased organ donor (someone who has died and donated their organs) or from a living donor. Family members or individuals who are unrelated but make a good match may be able to donate one of their kidneys. This type of transplant is called a living donor transplant. Individuals who donate a kidney can live healthy lives with their remaining kidney.

A person receiving a transplant usually receives only one kidney, but, in rare situations, he/she may receive two kidneys from a deceased donor. In most cases, the diseased kidneys are left in place during the transplant procedure. The transplanted kidney is placed in the lower abdomen on the front side of the body.

Read more about the kidneys and how they work.

Sketch of transplanted kidneys in the body Image courtesy of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health

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