Transplantation was started at UTMB 50 years ago, and the university has been a pioneering force in the field since then, with more than 3,200 patients transplanted. In 2007 the Texas Transplant Center was founded and offers excellence in patient care and research in organ transplantation.
Our transplant Center is in a different organ bank than the metropolitan Houston area. Our organ procurement agency (South West Transplant Alliance) is very active with over 350 donors/year. Patients in the waiting list in the metropolitan Houston transplant programs can benefit from multiple listing in our Center. UNOS (United Network for Organ sharing) is the agency that regulates transplantation in the US and mandates that patients are informed of multiple listing. Multiple listing with our Transplant Center allows patients in the waiting list in Houston to double their chance to receive an organ only a short drive away. To reduce commutes and enhance and simplify access to care for our patients, our outpatient care is offered from several transplant clinics conveniently located throughout South Texas and in the League City area near Interstate 45 South.
Transplant support groups are open to all pre- and post-transplant patients and their families/caregivers. The meetings are structured around participant needs and interests. A transplant social worker facilitates each group meeting. Sessions include topics such as what to expect from transplant, relaxation exercises, and improving coping skills.