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Why Choose Yale New Haven Transplantation Center

Dedicated to providing compassionate care of the highest quality, the Yale New Haven Transplantation Center (YNHTC) team is comprised of world-renowned physicians, surgeons and scientists and a wide variety of organ transplant and medical specialties. Expert integration of clinical disciplines is one of the major principles on which YNHTC has been built. Working hand in hand with nurses, social workers and support staff, YNHTC physicians and surgeons coordinate the complex treatments before transplantation and afterward.

Our Outcomes

We at YNHTC are proud of our commitment to high-quality patient care and the impact it has on our transplant programs’ excellent outcomes. For specific information related to the YNHTC please visit the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, a national database of organ transplantation statistics.

Our Team Approach

At YNHTC, team members include transplant surgeons, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, hepatologists, nephrologists, nurses, pharmacists, financial coordinators, nutritionists, social workers, business associates, and even answering service staff who may take calls from concerned patients and families in the middle of the night. This approach has been shown to provide the best experiences and outcomes for patients. 

Another facet of YNHTC's commitment to excellence is the global expertise of its team of specialists. Drawn from all over the world, their diverse backgrounds have a common denominator, to provide the finest transplantation care possible.

Our Experience

YNHTC team members perform liver, kidney and heart transplantation. This includes kidney and liver transplants through our Center for Living Organ Donors. The Center is the region's leader in the evaluation and treatment of advanced liver disease. In addition, we provide vascular access for patients who require dialysis treatment. YNHTC offers innovative treatments and access to research trials for patients suffering from a wide range of conditions, including heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure and Type 1 diabetes mellitus.

YNHTC provides options and hope for high-risk patients who have been turned down for transplantation elsewhere. Innovations in surgery include living donor, split, reduced and mono-segment liver transplantation.

Patients who have end-stage kidney disease, complications from diabetes, or both may be referred to YNHTC for transplant evaluation. Our well-established program, in existence since 1967, offers traditional transplantation of the kidney donated from a deceased donor as well as living-donor transplantation.

The Hepatobiliary Cancer Program offers an entire spectrum of therapies for liver cancer, also known as hepatocellular carcinoma. A combination of interventional radiology and surgical techniques, including ablation therapy, liver resection, new chemotherapeutic options and liver transplantation, are now available; and in certain patients, these treatments can even cure the disease.

YNHTC serves patients from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, throughout the country and beyond. We are a major referral center for other transplant programs faced with particularly challenging cases. We communicate with our patients on a regular basis so that we can monitor their progress with the transplanted organ.

Our Transplant Facilities

YNHTC provides cutting-edge facilities to support the evaluation and treatment of organ transplant patients, with dedicated inpatient units and operating suites. In addition, our modern, full-service outpatient facility is the place where surgeons, cardiologists, hepatologists, nephrologists, transplant coordinators, social workers, nutritionists, financial coordinators and pharmacists deliver multidisciplinary, coordinated care. With its exam rooms, consultation rooms and transplant procedure rooms, the outpatient center performs biopsies, paracentesis infusions, transfusions, vaccinations and lab testing, which can reduce the need for hospitalization.

Within all YNHTC programs, patients will find a dedicated, experienced staff offering expert patient service, from pre-admission counseling to post-transplant outpatient care.

Post-transplant Services

The good news is that most people will experience an immediate improvement in their health after an organ transplant. But there's also a lot to remember in terms of self-care, which at first might seem overwhelming. Patients will be given detailed instructions in person and in writing before they leave the hospital. A YNHTC clinical team member is available around-the-clock in case of an emergency. And patients return on a regular basis so that we can monitor their progress with the transplanted organ.

Transplant Research Capabilities

YNHH, through its affiliation with Yale School of Medicine, supports nationally and internationally recognized research programs in clinical transplantation and immunology, as well as in many related medical and surgical disciplines. This active research environment has led to the development of new and effective surgical techniques, immunosuppressive regimens, and protocols for the treatment of rejection and other critical medical complications of transplantation.

YNHTC is also researching ways to decrease the gap between patients needing a transplant and organ availability, including increasing the donor pool with the use of living donations and split livers; and reducing the number of patients with end-stage organ disease.

Contact Us

To reach Yale New Haven Transplantation Center, please call toll-free 866-YALE-TXP (866-925-3897) or submit your question to our medical staff.

Tissue Typing Laboratory

YNHTC has its own tissue typing laboratory, where a series of blood tests are performed in order to find good compatibility between a donor organ and the recipient. Specific tests include histocompatibility testing, in which a patient's tissue is matched with potential donor tissue; cross-match testing, to determine the occurrence of rejection-promoting antibodies; and testing to determine a patient's overall ability to accept the transplanted organ. The staff of the tissue typing laboratory is committed to the rapid assessment of the test results, in order to provide the multidisciplinary medical team with the best information to develop the most effective treatment plan.