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The Kidney Transplant Program at Tampa General Hospital

Couple talking with a physician Tampa General Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary care for adult and pediatric kidney transplant patients. To be accepted into the program, you will need a referral from your nephrologist or dialysis center physician, who should send us your patient history and physical exam results, insurance information, progress notes, procedure reports, and lab results. All of the records should be current from the past six to 12 months. We recommend that patients be referred to our kidney transplant program in the early stage of their disease. When we receive your kidney transplant referral form, our staff will schedule an initial visit at Tampa General Medical Group’s Transplant & Specialty Services location at 409 Bayshore Blvd. to determine if a kidney transplant is an appropriate therapy for your condition. Our staff will also:
  • Coordinate communication among all parties involved, including you, your physician, the kidney transplant health care team, and other departments within the hospital.
  • Work alongside TGH’s financial counselors and your insurance provider to obtain insurance coverage for your evaluation and treatment from your kidney transplant operation.
  • Send you a new patient packet after your referral has been reviewed and accepted. This packet includes a map to our facility, a list of area hotels offering discounts, and general patient information, as well as a medical history survey, transplant candidate request form, and consent form.kidney and pancreas referral form button
  • Communicate with you and your referring physician about the status of your chronic kidney disease (CKD) or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). We will also discuss possible dates for evaluation – either inpatient or outpatient, depending on your condition.

When you attend an evaluation appointment in our kidney transplant program, you should wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes and bring your medications, money for food and drink, and a book or magazine to help you pass the time while waiting between tests. We also ask that you bring a trusted companion to help you take notes and ask questions during the evaluation. All transplant candidates must undergo tests as part of the evaluation, some of which include a colonoscopy, a kidney ultrasound, and cardiac stress test. After your evaluation, the kidney transplant program team will examine your results to determine if they can recommended you for a transplant or if you need further testing.

For more information about becoming a patient in Tampa General Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program, call us toll free at 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the kidney transplant program, and ask for the referral coordinator), or you may call the referral coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.