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Maine Transplant Program

At the Maine Transplant Program at Maine Medical Center, our mission is to provide the best care for patients with irreversible kidney failure and their living donors. As the only transplant program in the state, the Maine Transplant Program Maine Medical Center has performed more than 1500 kidney transplants since 1971.

We are committed to providing top quality, multidisciplinary, personalized treatment. Our experienced transplant team is made up of nephrologists, surgeons, nurses, lab specialists, pharmacists, nutritionists and social workers. Our dedicated group works closely with the providers who know you best including your referring nephrologist and dialysis unit, to ensure that you have the best outcome.

Why the Maine Transplant Program? 

  • Receiving care closer to home can help ease stress. The Maine Transplant Program provides high  quality care conveniently located in Portland, Maine.
  • When compared with other programs in the United States, our transplant rate (proportion of referred patients who actually receive transplants) is over twice as high as other programs in our region and our waiting time is less than half. Both of these statistics mean you are likely to receive a transplant faster than other programs in the area.
  • Our patient and graft survival rates are excellent, with one year patient survival rates at 99% and graft survival rates for the same period at 97% (Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients, December, 2014) For additional information regarding our program performance, please visit the SRTR website
  • For living donors, we offer a “fast track” evaluation program that can speed up the evaluation of transplant candidates allowing us make a decision within 6 weeks of the initial visit.
  • The Maine Transplant Program has enthusiastically embraced Kidney Paired Donation, one of the most exciting developments in recent years permitting matching of incompatible donor and recipient pairs. In addition, our program works closely with patients and their nephrologists to offer transplantation as an alternative to dialysis, and leads other programs in the area in the number of “preemptive” kidney transplants performed.  


The Maine Transplant Program has been at the forefront of both translational and clinical research. As a teaching hospital, many of our physicians serve as faculty who continue to publish scholarly works in a wide variety of peer-reviewed journals. We are very active participants in medical education at every level. You may meet our trainees both in clinic and in the hospital as they learn about kidney disease and transplantation from our expert faculty.

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