Early referral for a kidney or pancreas transplant evaluation is essential.
This allows the UPMC kidney and pancreas transplant team to:
- Provide comprehensive assessments.
- Identify any potential issues and avoid possible complications.
- Determine your best course of treatment.
We conduct pretransplant evaluations, usually on an outpatient basis, at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute.
In most cases, you or your referring physician can schedule your evaluation within 72 hours of insuranceapproval.
What to Expect During Your Pretransplant Evaluation
During the evaluation, a member of our dedicated transplant team will explain the transplant process, and collect information including:
- Medical and surgical history
- Recent diagnostic testing, including heart testing, EKG, and x-rays
Our team of transplant physicians and dedicated transplant nurse coordinators reviews this information to determine if kidney or pancreas transplant is an appropriate treatment option for you.
Resources for You and Your Family
We understand that a transplant can be a stressful time for patients and families, especially for those who have to travel for their care.
We have resources to help you and your caregivers through the transplant process.