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Transplant Care

M Health Fairview has one of the oldest and most successful transplant programs in the world. We have a legacy of innovation in several areas: living organ donation and transplant outcomes research and education of transplant surgeons. 

Interested in becoming a kidney donor? Start with our online health history questionnaire.

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We have more than 50 years of experience in the clinical care of over 12,000 organ and cell transplant recipients of heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, islet, or intestine transplants. We have cared for more than 4,600 living organ donors. Because our physicians from different specialty areas work together closely, we are highly skilled at treating patients who have medical problems with more than one organ, such as kidney and liver disease. We’ve been consistently ranked as a top provider by national and local publications.

Many transplant practices developed here have been adopted as standard treatments throughout the world. Our transplant physicians continue to develop the latest techniques and technologies so we can offer these to our patients.

Important milestones in our care include:
  • Performing the world's first deceased donor pancreas transplant (1966)
  • Founded the first nationally accredited transplant fellowship training program (1970)
  • Performing the world's first living donor pancreas transplant (1979)
  • Performing the world's first total pancreatectomy with islet cell autotransplant (1977)
  • Performing Minnesota's first adult heart (1978) and infant (1986) heart transplants
  • Established the world's first non-directed living kidney donor program (1999)
  • Established the first living kidney donor outcomes database in the United States
  • Performing the Midwest's first 'breathing lung' transplant (2013)

Interested in becoming a living donor?

Start with our online health history questionnaire


To make an appointment or for more information on transplant care referrals, please
call 612-625-5115.

Conditions & Treatments

  • Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Auto-Transplant (Auto-Islet)

    During the procedure, the surgeon first removes the pancreas. Next, specially trained technicians break down the pancreas into its components and separate out the islets. This process is similar to the way a blood bank separates red blood cells from white blood cells for transfusions.

  • Allo-islet Transplant

    Physicians at University of Minnesota Medical Center are using allo-islet transplantation to treat patients with type 1 diabetes. If you have type 1 diabetes and experience severe hypoglycemia, you may be a candidate for an allo-islet transplant.

  • Anticoagulation Medication Monitoring

    Anticoagulation Medication Monitoring is comprised of a team of specialized nurses and pharmacists who work with patients on an individual basis to maintain the right dose of warfarin or other anticoagulant medications.