Our Services

The first kidney transplant procedure at Swedish Medical Center was performed in 1972.  Since then, the Swedish transplant team has helped more than 2,000 patients from across the Northwest receive life saving kidney transplants.  Our team of surgeons, physicians, nurses and ancillary personnel is dedicated to providing the highest quality, individualized care to patients referred for kidney transplant services.

The kidney transplant program at Swedish brings together expertise from cardiology, infectious disease, vascular, pathology, and radiology to ensure your medical condition is fully optimized to take advantage of the opportunity of a kidney organ offer.  This multidisciplinary approach has allowed our patients with some of the most challenging medical conditions to safely receive a successful kidney transplant.  The Swedish one-year kidney survival rate exceed the national average.

Kidney Transplant Services

Benevolent Donor

Over 80,000 persons in the United States are awaiting kidney transplantation, including about 1,400 in Washington State. Recipients who have the...

Deceased Donor Transplant

A deceased donor transplant is a transplant where the donated kidney comes from a person who has died. For various reasons, many people do not have...

Desensitization

Kidney desensitization is a process that improves the chances that a donated kidney will not be rejected by the recipient’s body. White blood...

Living Donor Transplant

Living kidney donation occurs when a living person decides to donate one of their kidneys to someone in need of a transplant. Donating a kidney is...

Organ Transplant Program

Swedish is one of seven kidney transplant centers and one of just four liver transplant centers serving the entire Pacific Northwest. 

Paired Kidney Exchange

You may have a friend or blood relative willing to donate a kidney to you, but they are blood type or tissue type incompatible with you. Another...

Transplants and the Obese Recipient

Swedish’s kidney transplant program is the only transplant center in Seattle that does not have a body mass index (BMI) cutoff for kidney...