Since the first kidney transplant procedure was performed at UNC Hospitals in 1968, the Transplant Team has been dedicated to providing the best comprehensive pre- and post-operative care to kidney and/or pancreas transplant recipients and donors. We have been leaders in improving patient clinical outcomes through education, research, and clinical medicine. Our innovative approach provides the latest advances in immunosuppressive medications and other medical/surgical techniques to all of our patients. Located in UNOS Region 11, UNC transplants patients have come from around the nation.
In 1997, our Transplant Team performed the first laparoscopic-assisted live-donor nephrectomy procedure in the state of North Carolina. This minimally invasive operation reduces recovery time, scarring, and post-operative pain. This surgical advance has allowed more people to become living donors.
Members of the Transplant Team include:
- Tomasz Kozlowski, MD, Surgical Director, Kidney and Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Program
- David Gerber, MD, Transplant Surgeon
- Alex Toledo, MD, Transplant Surgeon
- Robert Watson, MD, Transplant Surgeon
- Randal Detwiler, MD, Medical Director, Kidney and Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Program; Transplant Nephrologist
- Ed Fuller, MD, Transplant Nephrologist
- Karin True, MD, Transplant Nephrologist
- Dedicated clinicians, nurse coordinators, social workers, psychologists, and financial counselors
All UNC transplant patients have access to extensive support services including nutritional, pharmaceutical, and financial services. Local accommodations for transplant patients and their families have been a focus for our program. These accommodations include hotels and SECU Family House of UNC Hospital. For information about insurance coverage, please click here.