Center of Excellence in Transplantation
Our kidney transplant program began in 1973, followed by the pancreas and liver transplant programs in 1983.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has one of the oldest and most respected kidney and pancreas transplant programs in the region. Our longstanding affiliation with the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center promotes excellence in kidney and pancreatic care. Indeed, the first administration of insulin in New England occurred at Deaconess Hospital in 1922.
Among the Transplant Institute's most noted advances is its groundbreaking work in liver transplantation and end-stage liver disease. BIDMC's distinguished history includes the first adult live-donor liver transplant performed in New England in 1998, and the first successful liver transplant in 1983.
The Transplant Institute's recent achievements in clinical care, research and education include:
- The use of extended criteria donors and donors after cardiac death, shortening waiting times and achieving excellent outcomes
- The development of more than 25 unique and detailed clinical pathways that describe the care of donors and recipients from referral and evaluation, through their inpatient stay, and long-term follow-up. There is also a pathway for the patients that explains what to expect at each step of the way
- Leadership in the area of pancreas transplantation for patients with diabetes, and the use of immunosuppressive protocols to minimize the effects of chronic steroid use
- A unique, comprehensive behavioral health program for patients and families led by nationally prominent transplant psychologist, James R. Rodrigue, PhD
- A dedicated, living donor nurse coordinator who manages care and services for our living donors, and is solely devoted to their support and education, protecting their rights and safeguarding their privacy and confidentiality
- An on-site Dialysis Access Center and dedicated nurse practitioner who coordinates dialysis access care for our patients
- An on-site Infectious Disease Clinic
- One of 20 Transplant Institutes in the United States - and the only center in New England - participating in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored clinical trial of kidney and liver transplantation in HIV+ patients
- Fellowship training programs in kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation, accredited by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons; a fellowship training program in transplant nephrology, accredited by the American Society of Nephrology and the American Society of Transplantation; and the only transplant hepatology fellowship training program in New England (and one of 17 programs nationally), accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
- A clinical research program that is currently conducting more than 30 trials examining new immunosuppressive and anti-infective medications, alternative options for currently used therapies, and quality improvement measures for both our transplant donors and recipients
- A renowned Transplant Research Center, directed by Terry B. Strom, MD, distinguished national leader and clinician, whose scientific and teaching expertise has ensured an international reputation for excellence, and clinical and laboratory innovation
- Newly established Center for Transplant Outcomes and Quality Improvement within the Transplant Institute that will provide unique resources and opportunities for improving access to transplantation and the care of all donors and recipients
Under One Roof
In our outpatient clinic, patients see all their necessary transplant specialists in one central, convenient location. We also have a centralized and comprehensive inpatient Transplant Unit. Both our clinic and inpatient unit offer continuity of care by staff familiar to transplant patients and their families. Our team is experienced in all facets of transplant services, including pre- and postoperative care. The Transplant Institute also offers easy access to the Medical Center's vast tertiary resources.