MUSC's Kidney Transplant Program 17th Highest Volume in U.S.

Contact: Heather Woolwine

July 6, 2016

CHARLESTON, SC – The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) was recently named for performing the 17th highest number of kidney transplants in the country, as confirmed by data released by the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN). The data includes kidney and kidney/pancreas transplants. For more information, visit

The MUSC Health transplant program had been previously recognized as part of U.S. News & World Report rankings and as a University Health Consortium benchmark program.

“We are a nationally-recognized team with some of the best physicians, surgeons, nurses, and coordinators, that is supported by the latest innovations in our area, some of which are being pioneered here,” said Prabhakar Baliga, M.D., MUSC Department of Surgery chairman and transplant surgeon. “As with many programs, it is a great team effort. We are excited to be consistently among the pioneers of many innovative treatments in preservation, targeted medication delivery, and outcomes research.”

MUSC has one of the shortest wait times in the country, greatly improving the odds patients and their families face, and is consistently recognized for having very high survival rates, despite treating twice the number of high-risk patients when compared to other top programs.

MUSC is the only transplant center in South Carolina, but that’s not necessarily the reason for the high volume of transplants. Citizens of the Palmetto State suffer a higher rate of end stage renal disease, and those rates disproportionately affect the African-American population. According to Baliga, approximately 65 percent of kidney or kidney/pancreas transplant patients at MUSC are African-American. To help better serve these patients and others, MUSC has an active and growing living donation program for kidney transplant patients. By specializing in living donor transplants, the availability of healthy kidneys for those who need them most continues to improve. One such program involves a donor chain and is having a direct impact on numerous patients in much less time. For more information on this program, visit: Teenager thrilled to get transplant ‘payback’.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 14,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.4 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I Trauma Center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2017, for the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit For more information on hospital patient services, visit