Tampa General Celebrates Milestone – 7,500 Kidney Transplants

Since performing its first kidney transplant in 1974, Tampa General Hospital (TGH) has placed the superior needs of patients at the forefront of its mission.

That drive and mission has continued to this day as TGH, surgeons at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and nephrologists at Florida Kidney Physicians, LLC, achieved another life-saving transplant milestone. The TGH Center for Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation reached a record-breaking milestone with 7,500 kidney transplants.

“This is an important number and a milestone because it demonstrates how Tampa General has met the needs of these patients year after year,” said Dr. Anthony Watkins, Tampa General’s Kidney Transplant Surgical Director and Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. “Thanks to our world-class team, thousands of patients have received this life-changing and often life-saving surgery.”

Hospitals use kidney transplants to treat kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

ERSD is a condition of poor kidney function in which the organs can only work at a fraction of their normal capacity. Kidney transplants are a life-saving procedure that people with ERSD need in addition to dialysis treatment.

The graft volume plays an important role in the quality of care. Higher volumes lead to greater efficiency and better results.

In 2020, the TGH kidney transplant program ranked third in the country by volume.

Today, the TGH Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Center is one of the top five kidney transplant programs in the United States. The center is also the premier living-donor kidney transplant program in Florida for the third consecutive year.

“This new milestone is another sign that Tampa General is one of the busiest — and safest — transplant centers in the country,” said Dr. Kiran DhanireddyVice President, Director of the TGH Transplant Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.

In America, over 90,000 kidney transplant patients are waiting for a donation.

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However, fewer than 25,000 were performed in the United States last year.

According to Donate Life America, a nonprofit advocacy group, over 105,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant, with the kidneys being the most in-demand vital organ.

One donor can save and improve over 75 lives, the group notes on its website.

For more information and information on how to become an organ donor, visit Donate Life Florida.

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