Three-way kidney swap

Vineeta Kumar, MD

Vineeta Kumar, MD M.D.
Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Specialty:NephrologySub - Specialty:NephrologyEducation and TrainingResidency:University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio 1997 - 2000Medical School: M.P. Shah Medical College, Ahmedabad, India 1994Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio 2000 - 2001Fellowship: University of Washington - Seattle 2004 - 2006Certifications:American Board of Internal Medicine 2000 View full UAB Medicine profile View full profile

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One of the largest kidney transplant centers in the nation, UAB performs more than 300 procedures each year, and was the first transplant center in the Southeast to pursue paired-kidney exchange, a special type of living-donor arrangement.

Blood-type and tissue incompatibility can be barriers to a successful donor-recipient match. However, the UAB Paired Donation Program (PDP) allows incompatible donor and recipient pairs to be matched with other pairs for compatible transplant. This unique program has significantly increased the number of patients who are able to move from organ waiting lists to successful transplantation.

Transplant nephrologist, Vineeta Kumar MD, and transplant surgeon, Jayme Locke MD, discuss living kidney donation and paired-kidney exchange.