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Kidney Transplant Options for Patients from Pittsburgh, PA Include Multiple Listing

A lengthy wait time on a kidney transplant list – sometimes in excess of a few years – can be attributed to a variety of factors, including that many centers in this area are provided with organs by the same organ procurement organization (OPO) and that there are far more people in need of a kidney than there are donors. In an effort to shorten the amount of time spent waiting for a donor kidney, candidates may choose to register with more than one transplant center, a process known as multiple listing. This option is allowed by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). The wait time for Tampa General Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program is often lower than the national average, as denoted by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR).  For people from the Pittsburgh, PA, area, multiple listing with TGH may help reduce the time spent waiting for a kidney as it will allow patients to be eligible for a larger number of donor kidneys. In fact, TGH is one of the nation’s leading destinations for multiple listing patients because:

  • Our program is one of only two adult kidney transplant centers to receive donor kidneys from LifeLink Foundation, Inc., one of the top OPOs in the state.
  • Historically, our kidney transplant surgery outcomes have consistently met or been better than statistical expectations.
  • TGH has been named one of America's Best Hospitals for Nephrology by U.S. News & World Report.
  • We have the capability to admit patients with high-risk medical conditions, so we can accept many transplant candidates that other programs may have turned down.

Candidates from Pittsburgh, and the surrounding areas in Pennsylvania, can receive more information about multiple listing with TGH’s Kidney Transplant Program by calling our transplant coordinator toll free at 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the kidney transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or by calling the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.

A referral form for our program can be found here - and must be submitted by a physician before candidates can be considered for multiple listing at our transplant center.