Who Qualifies

All patients wanting to have a kidney transplanted at Memorial Medical Center must have:

  • Kidney function < 20% or on dialysis
  • Completed Transplant 101 education class
  • Completed necessary blood tests as outlined by transplant staff
  • Type 1 diabetes, to be determined by a blood test (for pancreas or kidney/pancreas transplants only)
  • Blood type tested twice
  • Body Mass Index (BMI - weight in relationship to height) < 35 for kidney or pancreas transplant
  • EKG (over age 25)
  • Chest x-ray
  • Cardiac clearance (stress test) for specified patients
  • PAP smear (all females with few exceptions)
  • Mammogram (females over age 40)
  • PSA (males over age 50)
  • Colonoscopy (over age 50)

Additional testing may be necessary for patients with certain medical conditions. Your transplant coordinator will let you know which additional tests are needed, if any.

Patients who will not be suitable for transplant include:

  • Patients with HIV
  • Patients actively using IV drugs
  • Patients who smoke
  • Type 2 diabetics (for pancreas or kidney/pancreas transplants only)

Patients who may not be suitable for transplant include:

  • Age > 70 for kidney transplant; Age > 50 for pancreas or kidney/pancreas transplant
  • BMI > 40 for kidney transplant; BMI > 35 for pancreas or kidney/pancreas transplant
  • Pulmonary complications for kidney transplant
  • Substance abuse (includes excessive use of marijuana or alcohol for pancreas or kidney/pancreas transplant)
  • History of non-compliance
  • Inadequate insurance or other source of funding for medical services
  • Psychosocial problems or issues, such as poor family support or lack of transportation
  • Liver disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease (heart problems)
  • Peripheral Vascular disease (circulation problems)

These patients will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Patient Selection Committee.

Qualifications to be a living donor are listed in the section for Living Donors.