Kidney Transplant

Transplant Programs

Perfect Match, Ultimate Bond

A wife donates her kidney to save her husband’s life. This is their story.

Top Notch

The region's oldest, most experienced kidney transplant program offers innovative techniques that mean a faster recovery for patients.

Saint Luke's Kidney Transplant Program

  • Performed the first kidney transplant in the Kansas City area in 1969
  • Median time to transplant of 6 months, the shortest in the region
  • Has the most experienced living donor program in the region
  • Performed both the first laparoscopic living donation surgery as well as the first transvaginal living donation surgery in the region
  • Is a Medicare-approved transplant facility

More experience

Since 1969, the Saint Luke's Kidney Transplant Program has performed more than 1,600 kidney transplants. That makes it the oldest and most experienced program in the region.

More innovation

Saint Luke's surgeons performed the first laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy in the region, resulting in less post-donation discomfort and a faster recovery for the donor.

In 2009, through the collaboration of gynecology and general surgery, Saint Luke's performed the first transvaginal laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy in the region. This innovative procedure for female donors allows for an even faster, less painful recovery.

Why Saint Luke's?

Common reasons patients and doctors choose our program:

  • Easy referrals. We make the referral process as simple as possible for patients, physicians, and health care professionals.
  • Education sessions. We provide comprehensive education for patients and their families. Each patient also receives a Saint Luke’s Kidney Transplant educational manual.
  • Prompt scheduling of initial evaluations. Our goal is to get patients started with their evaluation as soon as possible. We strive for the first visit to be scheduled within one month of referral.
  • Guidance throughout the evaluation process. The transplant team will provide expert knowledge and help patients through the transplant evaluation requirements.
  • HIV positive protocol. We are the only kidney transplant center in Kansas City to transplant patients who are HIV positive.
  • Close to home. If you live in the surrounding communities of Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka, Salina, Joplin, or Springfield, patients can stay as close to home as possible for their care.

Time to Transplant


Median Time to Transplant

Saint Luke’s Hospital

5.9 months

University of Nebraska

14.9 months

St. John’s (Tulsa)

23.3 months

University of Kansas

32.1 months

Barnes Jewish Hospital

33.5 months

Midwest Transplant Network Average

34.6 months

Region 8 Average (KS, MO, NE, CO, & WY)

37.2 months

Research Medical Center

37.7 months

Integris Health

36.8 months

Source: Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Retrieved January 2017. 


Watch how Saint Luke’s helps a woman with kidney disease receive a new kidney from her husband.