Kidney Transplant

A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure in which a diseased or failing kidney is replaced with a healthy one. Patients who suffer from certain conditions — hypertension, diabetes, chronic and polycystic kidney disease and cancer — may be considered for kidney transplant when all other treatments have failed to improve their condition.

At the Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center, our transplant team helps patients through all stages of treatment, from determining and treating the underlying cause of kidney failure to helping you through the process of transplant surgery and recovery care. Our kidney transplant team consists of nephrologists, surgeons, board-certified intensivists, pathologists, nurse coordinators, social workers, financial coordinators, dietitians and other health care professionals; we take a multidisciplinary approach which lets us provide a continuum of care that makes it possible to manage each patient’s entire medical situation in the most effective and compassionate manner possible.

A kidney may be donated from a living donor or a deceased one. The key to successful kidney transplantation is matching the donor organ to each recipient in three areas: blood type, human leukocyte antigen (HLA) and antibodies.
  • Donor and recipient blood type compatibility is as follows:
    • Blood type O can receive a kidney from type O and can donate to types O‒A‒B‒AB.
    • Blood type A can receive a kidney from types A‒O and can donate to types A‒AB.
    • Blood type B can receive a kidney from types B‒O and can donate to types B‒AB.
    • Blood type AB can receive a kidney from types O‒A‒B‒AB and can donate to type AB.
  • HLA is a genetic marker on the surface of your white blood cells; you inherit three each from your mother and father. The more antigens that match increases the chance that your kidney will last for a long time.
With access to clinical trials and research, we continuously seek new and improved methods to treat kidney disease. In the area of donor organ removal, our groundbreaking single-port laparoscopic approach allows for removal of donor kidneys with one small incision which reduces recovery time for donors.
To learn about living donors and what to expect before and after kidney transplant surgery, view our Treatments and Procedures page.

Patient Stories
Perhaps the best way to learn about our transplant specialists is through our patients. We invite you to read these inspiring stories.


Our physicians specialize in kidney transplantation at the following locations.

Our physicians conduct pre and posttransplant evaluations at the following convenient locations.