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Multiple Listing: A Kidney Transplant Option for Candidates in New York City, NY

Surgeons and nurses in the operating room

Multiple listing can help kidney transplant candidates in New York City, NY, find a matching organ more quickly. The process involves patients being accepted into one or more out-of-area kidney transplant programs, in addition to their local transplant center. Although all of the transplant candidates in the country are placed on the same national waiting list, organs are allocated based on location. That means that they are first offered to candidates at local kidney transplant programs, then to regional programs, and then to places beyond.

Due to this policy, there are differences in the average wait times for programs around the country. Densely populated areas that have a high demand for kidneys, such as New York City, tend to have longer wait times. In fact, in a report from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), the average candidate typically spent years on the waiting list before a compatible organ was found. By expanding the pool of potential donor kidneys to include those in another, perhaps less-competitive area, patients may be able to find a kidney match more quickly. Tampa General Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program has one of the shortest times to transplant in the nation. According to an SRTR report, the TGH kidney transplant wait time has been historically shorter than wait times in New York – a fact New York City kidney transplant patients seeking multiple listing options could consider. Other facts to consider when thinking about dual listing at TGH include:

  • Our highly experienced kidney transplant team – Our interdisciplinary team works with all the solid-organ transplant programs at the hospital, giving them more opportunities to help patients and to expand their knowledge.
  • Our transplant volume – We have historically completed hundreds of kidney transplant surgeries each year over the last decade, and we have performed thousands of total kidney transplants since 1974.
  • Our location – Because transplant patients must remain close to TGH following their surgeries, staying in sunny central Florida could be a welcomed change from the New York City weather. We even have two Transplant Houses which are available for out-of-area patients who need help finding accommodations.

For further information about multiple listing and how it may help kidney transplant candidates from New York City, NY, call our transplant coordinator toll-free at 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the kidney transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or contact the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686. Physicians can complete our transplant referral form here.