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Pediatric Kidney-Pancreas and Pancreas Transplant

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Overview

There are many important things to consider when selecting a pancreas transplant center, including experience, survival rates, program longevity, participation in research, and physician and staff credentials.

The Miami Transplant Institute is considered one of the leading transplant centers in the world with a major role in kidney and kidney/pancreas transplantation. MTIhas been performing pancreas transplants since October 1996 and kidney/pancreas transplants since June 1990.

In 2010, MTI received national recognition for extraordinary performance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The pancreas transplant program was one of only a few transplant programs in the United States to be recognized at the Bronze level, and one of only 22 pancreas programs to receive the honor. The pancreas program received Bronze level recognition.

The awards are presented by the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice, which was established in 2003 by HHS to ensure best practices at all hospitals performing transplants. The awards are based on performance in three categories: graft survival one year after transplant, transplant rate, and mortality rate after being placed on the transplant list.

MTI is a collaborative endeavor between University of Miami Health System/Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

MTI performs 20 to 30 simultaneous pancreas and kidney (SPK) and Pancreas alone transplants per year. A multidisciplinary team of medical professionals and patient advocates work together to increase access to transplantation and improve quality of life.

Becoming a Patient - Pediatric

There are four teams that provide the spectrum of care that patients receive at the MTI: pre transplant, in-patient, post transplant, and living donor. The team members include the transplant surgeon, transplant nephrologist, endocrinologist, social worker, secretaries, patient financial services, dietician, psychologists, and coordinators.

The MTI nurses play an important role in the transplant process. There are separate coordinators for pre transplant, in-patient, and post transplant. While in-patient, a nurse coordinator will facilitate care and discharge planning. Living donor candidates have their own separate donor coordinators to ensure confidentiality and privacy throughout every step of the donation process.

For some patients with end-stage kidney disease, the best option for living with a greater quality of life is to undergo transplant surgery. Transplantation has been associated with longer life expectancy, increased energy, and a less restricted diet.

Can I refer myself to MTI?

All referrals must come from a health care professional. If you are currently on dialysis, your dialysis center will need to refer you. If you are not on dialysis but are experiencing renal failure, your nephrologist will refer you. If you are being evaluated for a pancreas transplant, your endocrinologist will submit a referral.

What will I need to complete my referral process

Please view the checklist and have your physician complete the referral form. Once you have completed all of the forms and collected the necessary medical records, you may e-mail the information to MTIKidneyinfo@med.miami.edu, fax it to  305-355-5217, or mail to:

Miami Transplant Institute
Kidney Referral Area
1801 NW 9th Avenue, Fifth Floor
Miami, FL 33136

Pediatric Kidney-Pancreas and Pancreas Transplant
Holtz Children's Hospital

Holtz Children's Hospital

Learn more about Holtz Children's Hospital, click here

 

Access MTI

 To request an appointment for yourself or your patient, call 305-355-1MTI (1684) or click here.

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