Clinical Referral Form

Hospitals, Dialysis Clinics and physicians refer your patient to the Kidney Transplant Clinic by filling out a secure patient referral form online, or by calling the clinic directly at 210-575-8425.

Patient Self-Referral

You do not have to have a physician referral to make an appointment with the Kidney Transplant Clinic. Fill out the secure patient self-referral form to request a phone call from a Kidney Transplant Coordinator. You may also call the clinic directly at 210-575-8425.

Interested in Becoming a Living Kidney Donor?

You now have two options to start the donor evaluation process. You may submit an Online Health Questionnaire, or call the Donor Hotline at 210-575-4483 or 1-800-888-0402.

Kidney Program Overview

Since opening in 1984, Texas Transplant Institute at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, a department of Methodist Hospital, has performed more than 4,700 kidney transplants, making our program one of the nation’s top transplant programs. We lead the country in live donor operations with over 2,500 total operations performed to date and are the most preferred location for live donor transplants in the United States since 2009.

We were the first transplant center in Texas to perform simultaneous two-way and three-way paired kidney exchange transplants. In 2010 our team performed the world's largest paired kidney exchange over a three-day period, at a single hospital, which grew to include 23 recipient and donors. The Program also consistently ranks among the nation’s top transplant centers in one-year survival rates.

Texas Transplant Institute at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital is the nation's largest Kidney Live Donor Transplant Program, in which incompatible donor and recipients pairs are matched with other incompatible pairs. Over 250 patients have benefited from this Kidney Live Donor Program to date, more than any other program in the nation. View the national and state rankings.

The first step in the kidney transplantation process begins with a referral by the prospective patient's physician, or by the patient contacting Texas Transplant Institute, personally. A transplant financial coordinator verifies insurance benefits and begins creating a financial plan regarding all kidney transplant services. The clinic then contacts the patient and the referring physician's office to discuss expectations and schedule an appointment for a half-day pre-transplant evaluation. Recipients are encouraged to bring their potential donors with them to the initial visit.

During the initial clinic visit, the patient meets with the transplant team for a comprehensive health evaluation.

Within two weeks of the first visit, the patient, referring physician and insurance company are given the recommendations made at the patient care conference. For most patients, additional diagnostic tests are required. The clinic’s scheduling staff will work with the patient and dialysis center to have those tests completed as quickly as possible.

Once additional tests are completed and reviewed by the transplant surgeon, the patient is added to the UNOS national donor waiting list and candidacy is determined. If the patient has potential living donors, the donor evaluation begins only after the recipient is cleared. The process for clearing a transplant recipient might take a few weeks or could continue for months.

If a compatible living donor cannot be found, the patient must wait for a kidney from a deceased donor which may become available at any time of the day or night. While waiting, the patient follows the physician's orders for dialysis and routine evaluations. Once a kidney becomes available, the patient will be contacted and given specific instructions. The patient will undergo pre-operative testing and receive a physical examination by the transplant physicians to ensure their medical condition is still suitable to receive a new kidney.

Private insurance, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, provides coverage for kidney transplants. The cost, however, may not be fully reimbursed. The Texas Transplant Institute coordinates benefits with social agencies and other potential funding sources to help finance transplants. Our financial coordinators can assist the patient with information and financial planning.

The average hospital stay for a kidney transplant recipient is six days but varies for each individual patient. While hospitalized, the multi-disciplinary team of transplant coordinators, dietitians, social workers and support staff provide post-transplant education and support services.

After discharge from the hospital, activity will be limited for six to eight weeks. Mild exercise, such as walking, is encouraged but driving and strenuous exercises are prohibited. The patient must keep a daily record of temperature, doses and times medication is taken. Patients usually return to work within two to three months, though follow checkups with physicians are necessary.

Our medical specialists at the Texas Transplant Institute always remain available to answer any questions and provide assistance following transplantation.

Kidney Transplant Physicians

  • Adam W. Bingaman, MD, PhD
    Director, Abdominal Organ Transplantation
    Director, Live Donor Kidney Transplant Program
    Director, Renal Transplant Research Program
    Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgeon
  • Luke Y. Shen, MD
    Liver, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgeon
  • Matthias H. Kapturczak, MD, PhD
    Medical Director, Kidney Transplant Program
    Transplant Nephrologist
  • Eric G. Treat, MD
    Kidney Transplant Surgeon
  • Francis H. Wright, Jr, MD
    Liver, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgeon
  • Clinical Staff