UAMS Kidney, Liver Transplant Programs Again Ranked Among Best in Nation

By Linda Satter

For the second year in a row, the registry gave the UAMS kidney transplant program five bars – the highest ranking possible – in two categories: the speed of obtaining donor kidneys and patient survivability one year after transplant.

Only a handful of transplant centers across the country hold five bars in both categories.

Among national kidney programs with five-tier rankings, the recently released report reveals that UAMS placed fourth when it comes to speed in obtaining transplants and sixth in the category of patient survivability after one year.

UAMS’ liver transplant program scored three bars for the speed of obtaining a transplant and four bars for survival of patients one year after the transplant.

Nationwide, there are 256 kidney transplant programs and 147 liver transplant programs.

UAMS’ kidney transplant program has been operating since 1964, and its liver transplant program began in 2005. They are the only adult kidney and liver transplant programs in Arkansas.

“Once again, having these accomplishments recognized nationally is a great way to start the new year,” said UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA. “I commend our kidney and liver transplant teams for their exceptional work.”

Each program-specific report is available at

The reports provide information about transplant candidates on waiting lists, how quickly they moved up the waiting list, transplant recipients, donors and post-transplant outcomes. They document organ function and survivability one year after transplant, and compare those results to the expected outcomes. They then compare each program’s overall score against the national average.

UAMS mails the reports to every patient in its transplant programs every six months.

The SRTR publicly releases the data every January and July at the directive of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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