Our dedicated transplant teams are honored to care for more than 9,000 inspiring patients over the past 50 years.
Our outcomes are consistently better than expected, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Our multidisciplinary approach is ideally suited for patients who need multi-organ transplants. Surgeons here are experienced in performing multi-organ transplant procedures, including heart-kidney, kidney-pancreas and liver-kidney transplants.
The Sutter Health network offers heart transplant at two comprehensive transplant centers, Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco, which have successfully performed these surgeries for 50 years.
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, received a #1 rating in California from CareChex Hospital Quality Ratings in 2015. Sutter CPMC has a 100% one-year survival rate, among the best nationwide (SRTR). The programs also offer ventricular assist devices to support people waiting for transplants. Both hospitals are certified by both the UNOS Heart Transplant program and the Joint Commission Ventricular Assist Device program.
Transplant nephrologists perform about 200 kidney transplants each year at Sutter CPMC, named by Healthgrades as one of 19 top transplant centers nationwide. Pioneers in kidney paired donation, kidney transplant surgeons performed the first six-way kidney paired exchange among six donors and six recipients in California. The center also funded and helped develop MatchGrid software, which speeds up matching and can create kidney paired donation chains.
Sutter CPMC has been performing simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplants since 1989 with consistently excellent outcomes (SRTR).
The liver transplant team at Sutter CPMC has performed more than 2,100 transplants since the program began in 1988. The program has a 95% one-year survival rate and a 87% three-year survival rate, significantly better than the national average, according to SRTR.
A hub for regional and national research into liver disease, therapies and devices, our team received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Transplant Program Award at the Silver level in 2012 — one of just five programs out of 137 to be so awarded at such a prestigious level.
At cancer centers in the Sutter Health network, doctors treat different forms of cancer (primarily leukemia, myeloma and lymphoma), as well as autoimmune and congenital blood disorders with stem cell transplants, which are sometimes called bone marrow transplants. A stem cell transplant often follows high-dose chemotherapy to restore normal blood cell production.
Stem cell transplant is a serious undertaking, requiring a hospital stay of three to four weeks in an isolation ward to prevent infection. Your overall health, age and underlying medical condition are the key determinants of your outcome.
From the moment you enter our program, you'll receive comprehensive services that begin with evaluation and diagnostic testing and include life-sustaining treatments, therapies or monitoring services while you await surgery. We offer education and support services for you and your family members and 24-hour post-surgical care.