The Kidney Transplant Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center
As New Jersey’s premier kidney transplant program, Saint Barnabas Medical Center offers expert and comprehensive care for kidney transplantation and living donation. Our Kidney Transplant Division is one of the largest and most sophisticated centers for t We are the third largest kidney transplant program in U.S. and our Kidney Transplant Division is one of the largest and most advanced centers for transplantation, providing pioneering research in clinical trials for the recipient and the donor.
We accept most major insurances, including Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield OMNIA Health Plan Tier1-designated providers.
We developed New Jersey’s first and most comprehensive Living Donor Institute, featuring nationally-renowned surgeons, transplant physicians, nurse coordinators, dieticians, social workers, and pharmacists to expertly match recipients with the most compatible donor for optimal quality of life. Both donor and recipient pairs are provided with exceptional care throughout the process, integrating a skilled team with successful outcomes.
The Living Donor Institute
The Saint Barnabas Medical Center Living Donor Institute provides:
- An experienced team of transplant surgeons, physicians, and specialists
- Advanced minimally-invasive surgical techniques that reduce pain and complications for kidney donors
- Screening process for donors residing out-of-state or outside the country
- Research aimed at encouraging living donation as the best option for chronic kidney disease
- State-of-the-art testing and imaging
Living Donation Options include:
- Living-related donor transplantation
- Emotionally-related donor transplantation
- Living Donor Kidney Exchange Program (patients who have a willing living donor that is not compatible to them)
- Compatible Share Program
- Altruistic Living Donation (donors who are not related to the recipient)
- Program for Incompatible Transplants (ABO and HLA incompatible donor/recipient pairs)
Benefits of Living Donation:
- On average, a live donor kidney can last about twice as long as a deceased donor kidney
- Immediate kidney function for the recipient from a living donor than a deceased donor
- A willing donor receives the emotional benefit by fulfilling their wish to donate
- A live donor kidney allows the recipient to come off the transplant waiting list, ensuring someone else receives a deceased donor kidney
- Living donors have a short recovery time. They’re usually back to work in less than a few weeks