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Top U.S. hospitals performing kidney transplants

Kidney failure (also known as renal failure) is the end stage of kidney disease, in which a person’s kidneys no longer function on their own. Every year, more than 750,000 people in the United States are affected by kidney failure. Without treatment, kidney failure is deadly.

There are two primary treatment options for people with kidney failure: dialysis and kidney treatment. Dialysis uses a machine and special solution to help a patient’s body filter blood when their kidneys are no longer able to do so. Dialysis may be performed at home, contributing to the growing demand for at-home care, or at a dedicated renal dialysis center.

Kidney transplants involve the surgical placement of a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor into the patient’s body. The United Network for Organ Sharing reports that more than 25,000 kidney transplants were performed in 2022—an all-time high. However, more than 40,000 additional patients could be saved from premature death by receiving a kidney transplant. This unmet need is the driving force behind exciting new experimental treatments like xenotransplantation.

Using data from the Atlas All-Payor Claims database, we’ve compiled a list of U.S. hospitals ranked by their relative share of kidney transplants in 2023 so far.

Top 20 U.S. hospitals performing the most kidney transplants in 2023

RankDefinitive IDHospital nameCityState% of kidney transplants in U.S.Explore dataset
1178Mayo Clinic Hospital - ArizonaPhoenixAZ4.55%Explore
2809Tampa General HospitalTampaFL3.89%Explore
33120Cleveland Clinic Main CampusClevelandOH3.79%Explore
4998Piedmont Atlanta Hospital (AKA Piedmont Hospital)AtlantaGA3.40%Explore
52096University HospitalAnn ArborMI3.34%Explore
62645Hackensack University Medical CenterHackensackNJ3.33%Explore
73862Methodist HospitalSan AntonioTX3.19%Explore
82843Tisch HospitalNew YorkNY3.08%Explore
91365IU Health Methodist HospitalIndianapolisIN2.67%Explore
103818Methodist University HospitalMemphisTN2.12%Explore
11515University of California Davis Medical Center (AKA UC Davis Medical Center)SacramentoCA1.97%Explore
123914Medical City DallasDallasTX1.91%Explore
132191Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys CampusRochesterMN1.90%Explore
143923William P Clements Jr University Hospital (FKA UT Southwestern University Hospital - St Paul)DallasTX1.88%Explore
15718Hartford HospitalHartfordCT1.83%Explore
161920University of Maryland Medical CenterBaltimoreMD1.68%Explore
174335VCU Medical Center Main HospitalRichmondVA1.67%Explore
18792Mayo Clinic Hospital - FloridaJacksonvilleFL1.66%Explore
19269University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center (AKA UAMS)Little RockAR1.61%Explore
20588Stanford Hospital - 300 Pasteur DrStanfordCA1.49%Explore

Fig. 1 Data from the Definitive Healthcare Atlas All-Payor Claims database for 2023 through September.

What is the No. 1 kidney transplant hospital in the U.S.?

The Mayo Clinic Hospital – Arizona in Phoenix performed the most kidney transplants of any U.S. hospital in 2023, with 4.55% of total procedures.

In second place on our list is Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida, with 3.89% of kidney transplant procedures in 2023.

The Cleveland Clinic Main Campus in Cleveland, Ohio, takes third place with 3.79% of total procedures.

Where is the best place in the U.S. for kidney transplants?

NYU Langone Health in New York City provides the fastest transplants from deceased donors and demonstrates the fifth-highest one-year kidney survival rates of any program in the U.S., according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), a national-level research program funded and overseen by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Tisch Hospital, ranked eighth on the list above, is a member of the NYU Langone Health integrated delivery network.

Medical City Fort Worth in Texas has the highest one-year kidney survival rate among U.S. kidney transplant programs, as well as the fifth-fastest time-to-transplant rate. Time to transplant from deceased donors is the measure with the largest impact on survival, according to SRTR.

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