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About Transplant

During an organ transplant, doctors remove an organ or tissue from one person, a donor, and place it into the body of another person, the recipient, to replace damaged or failing organs or tissue. Transplant also includes the placement of ventricular assist devices (VAD) into patients with advanced heart failure.

The UMMC Difference

University Transplant is Mississippi’s only transplant program.

UMMC has a long history of solid organ transplantation beginning with the first-ever lung and heart transplants performed by Dr. James Hardy in 1963-64.

Currently, UMMC performs adult and pediatric heart and kidney transplants as well as adult liver and pancreas transplants.

Patients in need of a transplant no longer have to travel out of the state to receive treatment. Evaluation, surgery, and follow-up care are offered through University Transplant. The specialized care team of experienced transplant surgeons, hepatologists, nephrologists, and advanced heart failure cardiologists focuses on personalized family-centered care that leads to successful outcomes.

  • Our waitlist times for transplant candidates are less than the national median waitlist times.
  • Our transplant rates are above the national average across all programs. The transplant rate is a measure of how frequently patients on a program’s waiting list undergo transplant. Programs with higher transplant rates tend to perform transplants more frequently than programs with lower transplant rates.
  • The state's only stem cell and bone marrow transplant unit is also housed at UMMC, and sight-saving cornea transplantation is available through the ophthalmologyprogram.

Transplant care at UMMC