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Organ Transplant Service

The Organ Transplant Service at WRNMMC provides solid organ transplantation expertise for all DOD healthcare beneficiaries. It is one of the oldest and most successful renal transplant programs in the country, and is fully integrated with the hospital based Nephrology and Dialysis Services. Liver and pancreas transplant services are provided in collaboration with the University of Maryland in Baltimore. It is the only UNOS certified transplant center within the DOD healthcare system.

Conditions Treated
  • Any General Surgical conditions in conjunction with pancreatic, renal, or hepatic insufficiency.
  • Renal, pancreatic, and hepatic transplantation.
  • Living kidney donation.
  • Benign and oncologic hepatobiliary surgery.
  • Portal hypertension.
  • Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis access.
  • Surgical treatment of tertiary hyperparathyroidism.
  • Cadaveric multi-organ recovery.

Transplant Surgery
The Organ Transplant Service provides state-of-the-art specialty care to all DOD healthcare beneficiaries qualifying for organ transplantation. Patients may be referred from anywhere in the country, to include Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Medical care is provided on a personal level by a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified professionals. Each Board certified surgeon is supported by nephrologists, hepatologists, nurse coordinators, pharmacists, and social services all with years of experience in the field.

Integrated with the Service is the DOD’s Histocompatibility and Immunology Laboratory and the onsite Navy Regenerative Medicine Research facility.

VA beneficiary patients may access the program via partnership through the Washington DC Veterans Hospital Nephrology Services.

Patients who have undergone transplantation through the military have demonstrated superior success rates (graft survival and patient survival) compared with national averages.

Dual Listing: Patients may be “listed “in more than one region concurrently, thereby increasing chances for organ availability. This allows patients to be listed at a transplant center near their home, in addition to WRNMMC.

Living Donation: Both cadaveric and living donor renal transplantation are routinely performed. Living donors may use either an open surgical or a laparoscopic technique. WRNMMC participates in both regional and national kidney paired donor exchange programs and is a member of the National Kidney Registry (NKR) and Donor Alliance.

Dialysis Services: Peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis services are available on site.

Hepatic and Pancreatic Transplantation: WRNMMC partners with the University of Maryland. All preoperative, operative, and postoperative care is provided under the auspices of military medicine.

Contact

Location
Building: 9 (Arrowhead) Floor: 1
Co-located with the Nephrology & Dialysis Services

Phone
Front Desk: (301) 295-4330

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
0800 - 1600