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The Johns Hopkins Kidney Transplant Program provides comprehensive kidney treatment for all patients. Our research has led to breakthrough innovations for those suffering with renal failure.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Learn what to expect during the kidney donation process.

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  • Kidney Programs

    Explore some of our advanced kidney transplant programs, providing patients with more options for care.

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  • Contact Us

    Contact us for more information about our kidney transplant programs.

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Kidney Recipient Intake Form

Fill out this intake form if you are a candidate for a kidney transplant.


Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the kidney donation process and what to expect. If you can’t find your question, please contact us.

  • There are several situations where a kidney transplant may be considered a viable option. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

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    You must go through several medical tests before eligibility is determined. You will meet with a team of physicians, surgeons and specialists. The evaluation time takes approximately one to two months. 
    You will need to go through a referral process. Read the frequently asked questions about kidney transplant referrals.

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    Sometimes, a patient may need a kidney/pancreas transplant. While a patient who requires a pancreas transplant will most likely need a kidney transplant, a patient who needs a kidney transplant may not necessarily require a .

  • Yes. The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center offers several different options for kidney transplant, including living donation. Your physician and surgeons will work with you to determine your best option: 

    • Traditional Donation:
      • Traditional kidney transplants occur when a patient receives a kidney from a deceased donor. This organ is referred to as a cadaveric kidney.
    • Living Donor Transplant:
      • When a patient has a family member or friend who is willing to donate a kidney, this is called a living donor transplant.
    • Incompatible Kidney Transplant:
      • More than one-third of willing donors are turned down because their blood types are not compatible with the person to whom they wish to donate their kidney. The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center developed methods to make a donated kidney more compatible. Our Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program (InKTP), founded in 1998, is a world leader in this kind of transplant, and has shown dramatic outcomes.
    • Kidney Swap / Exchange:
      • At Johns Hopkins, we also participate in kidney swaps and exchanges, where donor/recipient pairs will trade organs. For example, if Donor A was unable to donate to Recipient A, he could donate to Recipient B. Recipient B’s donor would then donate to Patient A. This is a very effective way of managing incompatible donors and recipients.
    • Non-Directed (Altruistic) Donor:
      • The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center encourages people to consider becoming a non-directed kidney donor. These donors do not know the recipient, and are donating to improve the health of an unknown individual. Non-directed donations can set off a domino of kidney donations, which can have an effect on many people. One of the largest kidney exchanges that was started by a non-directed donor resulted in fourteen transplantations.

Become a Living Kidney Donor

If you are interested in becoming a living kidney donor, please complete a candidate profile.

Meet Our Team

Meet our specialists at the Johns Hopkins Kidney Transplant Program.


Kidney Transplant Programs

Learn more about the different transplant programs we offer.


Tips for Your Journey to Find a Living Kidney Donor

Learn how you can find a living kidney donor by downloading our guide in either English or Spanish.


APOL1 Long-term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes Network (APOLLO)

Our transplant program is one of 13 Network Hubs in the APOLLO Network, a national study supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that is working to address racial disparities in kidney transplant outcomes.

Learn More

Contact us for more information about the kidney transplant program.

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