Transplant Center

For Patients & Families


University Health Care’s Kidney Transplant team is committed to helping patients and families navigate the complex journey of Kidney transplantation. Evaluation, waiting for transplant, surgery, and recovery from surgery, are important steps to helping recipients feel better, become more active, and enjoy a better quality of life.

The Kidney Transplant team takes a multidisciplinary approach, providing patients access to a team of health care professionals experienced in all medical and surgical aspects of transplantation. In addition, the transplant center offers patients and their family support to deal with changes in lifestyle, post-hospital care and financial considerations related to transplant.


Kidney PatientThe evaluation is usually done on an outpatient basis unless you are critically ill and require hospitalization. In addition to meeting with members of the kidney transplant team, during the evaluation you will have appointments with other specialists and undergo a number of pre-transplant tests. The pre-transplant tests, as well as giving a clear picture of the patient's overall health status, helps in identifying potential problems before they occur. They also help in determining whether transplantation is truly the best option and increases the likelihood of success.



The Call

Once you have been placed on the transplant, you may receive a very important call. When a kidney donor becomes available, the on call coordinator will call you. The coordinator will instruct you:

  • When to come to the hospital.
  • When to stop eating or drinking.

The Admission Process

Before the surgery you will go to the admitting department unless otherwise instructed. You will then have several pre-operative tests to prepare you for surgery. You will have:

  • Chest x-ray
  • ECG
  • Urine tests
  • Blood tests
  • A history and physical.

The transplant surgeon will talk with you and your family about the surgery and intra-operative and post-operative risk.


Once you are taken to the operating room, the anesthesiologist will give you medication to put you to sleep during the surgery. At this time your heart rate and rhythm and breathing will be monitored. You will also have a breathing tube placed.

The surgeon will make an incision on the abdomen. He will then place the kidney in and attach the blood vessels that take blood to and from the leg. The ureter will be attached to the bladder, to drain urine from the new kidney. A urinary catheter will be placed to allow the new urine to be drained from the bladder.

Once the surgery is completed you will be taken to the Intensive Care Unit. On this unit they will closely monitor you. The nurses will be monitoring your vital signs, fluid input and output. Once you are stable, you will be taken to a surgical floor. At this time discharge teaching will begin. The average length of stay in the hospital will be five to seven days.


After Transplant

After your transplant you will be given a kidney transplant owner’s manual prior to discharge. This manual will cover, in detail almost everything you need to know about your transplant. Topics that will be covered are:

  • Medications
  • Types of infections
  • How to prevent infections
  • Possible viruses after transplant
  • Kidney Transplant Rejection
  • Post Transplant Clinic schedule
  • Important labs
  • Clinic schedule
  • What to do in an emergency

Your assigned Post Kidney Transplant Coordinator will cover all this information with you. Your Coordinator will be available to you during business hours Monday-Friday. If you have an emergency after business hours, you can contact the on call Transplant Coordinator.

Once you return home, we will draw labs twice a week. This will give us information on your kidney function, it is very important that you do these as ordered. You will also follow-up in our transplant clinic as ordered by our physicians.


Josephine D. Abraham, M.D., M.P.H.

University Hospital (801) 581-6709

Specialties: Dialysis, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Nephrology & Hypertension, Pancreas Transplant, Vasculitis

Faris Ahmed, M.D., M.B.B.S.

University Hospital (801) 585-6320

Specialties: Kidney Transplant, Nephrology & Hypertension, Pancreas Transplant

Paul J. Campsen, M.D.

Huntsman Cancer Hospital (801) 585-2708
University Hospital (801) 585-2708
University Hospital (801) 581-2634

Specialties: Hepatopancreatobiliary (Liver/Pancreas/Biliary) Surgery, Kidney Transplant, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Pancreas Transplant, Renal Transplantation, Surgery, General

Jacke L. Corbett, APRN

University Hospital (801) 581-2634

Specialties: Kidney Transplant, Nephrology & Hypertension, Nurse Practitioner, Pancreas Transplant

Robin D. Kim, M.D.

Huntsman Cancer Hospital (801) 585-6140
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 585-6140
University Hospital (801) 585-6320

Specialties: Hepatopancreatobiliary (Liver/Pancreas/Biliary) Surgery, Kidney Transplant, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Pancreas Transplant, Surgery, General, Transplant Surgery

Edward W. Nelson, M.D.

Huntsman Cancer Institute (801) 587-4241
University Hospital (801) 581-2634
University Hospital (801) 581-7738

Specialties: Breast Cancer, Breast Disease, Breast Surgery, Endocrine, Hernia Surgery (open and laparoscopic), Kidney Transplant, Oncology Surgery, Parathyroid, Surgery, General, Transplant Surgery, Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Surgery, Women's Health

Fuad Shihab, M.D.

Ezekiel R & Edna Dumke Building (801) 581-6709
University Hospital (801) 581-2634

Specialties: Dialysis, Kidney Transplant, Nephrology & Hypertension, Pancreas Transplant

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