Kidney Transplant Options for Patients from Boston, MA
Boston, Massachusetts has one of the longest kidney transplant wait times in the United States. To help reduce the amount of time they spend waiting for a kidney, many Boston-area patients may consider registering at more than one kidney transplant center – a strategy known as multiple listing. The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network permits patients to register at more than one hospital, although centers are not required to accept patients who are active on another list at the time of their application. Once a patient is accepted at a secondary transplant center that accommodates dual listings, he or she can be considered for a greater number of kidneys as they become available. Tampa General Hospital in Florida is one of the nation’s top multiple listing destinations. Our kidney transplant program is known for:
- A typically shorter average wait time to transplant surgery. According to SRTR data, our program’s average time to transplant is historically shorter than the national average.
- Working with a highly successful organ procurement organization. A single organization serves a dozen different transplant centers in Boston, which means that each hospital typically receives a very limited number of organs to offer to patients on their waiting lists. However, TGH is one of just two adult kidney transplant centers served by our organ procurement organization, LifeLink Foundation, Inc.
- Producing outcomes that are historically better than or comparable to national averages. Our kidney transplant survival rates for both patients and grafts have been known in the past to exceed statistical expectations.
Additionally, Tampa General Hospital is located in sunny Florida, a desirable location for recovery. Additionally, TGH operates two Transplant Houses, where kidney transplant recipients from outside the area can find a home away from home as they recover post-surgery.
Kidney transplant candidates from Boston, MA, who are interested in multiple listing can contact our transplant coordinator toll free at 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the kidney transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686 to learn more about our requirements and wait times. Physicians can also find our referral form for kidney transplant candidates here.