Kovler Organ Transplantation Center
The Kovler Organ Transplantation Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been providing transplantation services since 1964 and is a leader in research, innovation and patient care in the Midwest region.
Our surgeons transplant nearly 300 organs each year, making Northwestern Memorial’s program among the top nationally in patient outcomes and the number of transplants performed.
Kidney, Living Donor Kidney and Pancreas: 312-695-0828
Liver Transplant and Intestinal Transplantation: 312-695-0870
Six pairs of kidney donors and recipients meet for the first time
On February 17, 2016, six kidney donation pairs met each other for the first time. It is not uncommon for a donation pair to have one person that needs a new kidney and another that wants to donate to that person but can’t because they aren’t a match, which can occur for various reasons. However, because another donor pair may also be in the same situation, the Northwestern transplant team can check to see if there is compatibility to swap the kidney donors between the pairs so everyone still gets a kidney if they agree to the idea. In these arrangements, no one knows who they got their life-saving kidney from, and the donors don’t know who they donated to.
To make the February 17, 2016, meeting even more special, the whole exchange was made possible thanks to one altruistic donor who just wanted to donate to someone in need and was not part of a dedicated donor pair. Without this selfless donor, this six-way kidney transplant wouldn’t have been possible.
To help spread the word about the importance of organ donation, the donors and recipients agreed to allow local news media attend the meeting. As a result, the following news organizations covered this amazing story for the greater public at large: WGN-TV, ABC 7, CBS 2, Yahoo! News, NBC 5 and WBBM Newsradio.
The Kovler Organ Transplantation Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers comprehensive, compassionate care throughout the transplant process. Our transplantation programs include:
In the News
View the recent medical stories featuring our transplantation program.
In early December of 2014, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the organization that manages the kidney transplant waiting list, will start a new system of allocating (or giving out) kidneys to candidates on the kidney transplant waiting list.
Organ Transplantation Podcast
Northwestern Memorial physicians use their research to make a difference in patients’ lives. Tune in and listen to our physicians discuss their exciting research and advances in treatments.
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Meet Our Team
For appointments with
Kidney, Living Donor Kidney or Pancreas Transplant Programs call 312-695-0828
Liver Transplant or Intestinal Rehabilitation
and Transplantation Programs call 312-695-0870
Living Donor Liver Transplant Program
Islet Cell Transplant Program call 312-694-0253