Kidney transplant

Our transplant team members are committed to providing the highest quality transplant services in a family-centered environment. Our uniquely qualified staff members work with patient, family and referring physicians to ensure optimal treatment before, during and after transplant.

Program highlights

  • For more than 27 years, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has been offering hope for children with chronic kidney failure through our Kidney Transplant Program.
  • We have performed more than 180 kidney transplants.
  • In 2012, we performed 10 kidney transplants.
  • We performed the first successful pediatric heart-kidney transplant in the Midwest United States.
  • At Children's Hospital, we perform unique, successful kidney transplants such as heart-kidney, liver-kidney and bone marrow-liver- kidney transplants.
  • We perform transplants using donors who are relatives of the child, living nonrelatives and deceased donors.
  • We offer living donor transplants (50 percent of kidney transplants), which decreases wait times.
  • 100 percent of patients return to school about a month after transplant.
  • We collaborate with researchers at BloodCenter of Wisconsin to perform ABO-incompatible transplants and work with potential recipients who are highly human leukocyte antigen (HLA) sensitized donors. For some patients, this can alleviate the long wait for a kidney.
  • Our youngest kidney transplant recipient was 14 months old at the time of transplant.
  • Children's Hospital consistently has a higher graft survival rate than that reported for children nationally.
  • Children's Hospital is one of only a few centers in the country to offer transplant as a treatment option for rare genetic disorders.
  • Our kidney transplant team includes five board-certified pediatric nephrologists.

Our team

Johnny Hong, MD Johnny C. Hong, MD, FACS, is a Hepatobiliary and Transplant surgeon and program director of Solid Organ Transplantation at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Hong is a highly accomplished, innovative clinician and researcher. His clinical expertise encompasses the entire spectrum of multi-organ transplantation (liver, kidney, pancreas and intestine) and hepatobiliary surgery for adults and children. His laboratory research has focused on developing new treatments in organ resuscitation to mitigate the adverse effects of ischemia and reperfusion injury with the goal of reducing the number of patient deaths on the transplant waitlist by converting organs that would otherwise be discarded to transplantable status.

Prior to joining Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Dr. Hong was on the surgical faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was director of the Liver and Pancreas Transplantation and Live Donor Liver Transplantation programs. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery, with fellowship training and certification in immunology and organ transplantation (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston), and multiorgan transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery (UCLA).

Clinical outcomes

Children's Hospital's commitment to quality, advancements in surgical techniques and improvements in follow-up care allows us to achieve some of the best surgical outcomes in the nation.

Kidney Transplant Volume   Median Time to Kidney Transplant 
Patient Survival Curve for Kidney Transplants   Percent of Kidney Graft Survival

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