Kidney Services

Led by Alan Hawxby, M.D., Pascale Lane, M.D., and Benjamin Cowley, M.D., the kidney transplant program at OU Medicine is fully supported by a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your successful transplant care and recovery. 

What We Do

At OU Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital, we perform cadaveric-donor (deceased-donor) and living-donor kidney transplants. Living-donor kidneys may originate from donors related to the recipient (parent/child or sibling/sibling) or may originate from individuals with no familial relationship.  These unrelated donors may include spouses, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church members, or altruistic donors - those who wish to donate, even if the recipient is unknown and unrelated to them.   

Our Expertise

Our abdominal transplant surgeons trained at two of the top transplant fellowship programs in the country. With more than 40 years of combined experience, these skilled surgeons have collectively performed transplants and provided care for thousands of patients throughout their careers.

Our transplant physicians have over 40 years of experience providing medical care to patients in need of kidney transplantation, before, during and after transplantation.

Kidney transplantation and related care always occur in close collaboration with our staff nephrologists, intensivists, immunologists and infectious disease specialists. This combined experience inspires the confidence to work with challenging donor organs, medically high-acuity patients or patients with unique anatomic challenges.  Additionally, our one-year and three-year patient survival rates have been consistently higher than national average for the past several years (srtr.org).     

Minimally Invasive Surgery Options  

In certain situations, the living kidney donor may be offered robotic surgery as an option for removal of the kidney for donation.  Robotic surgery (a highly advanced form of laparoscopic surgery) eliminates the need to perform open nephrectomy. The benefits of robotic surgery include fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and shorter recovery times with a more rapid return to work and everyday routine activities when compared to open surgery.    

Pediatric Kidney Transplants

The Children’s Hospital is the only comprehensive children’s hospital in Oklahoma. Pediatric kidney transplants have been performed at The Children’s Hospital for decades and have ranged from two to 16 in any one year. Since 2012, physicians at The Children’s Hospital have performed 51 kidney transplants. 

LifeShare

Oklahoma is served by LifeShare Transplant Donor Services, an organ procurement organization (OPO).  LifeShare coordinates retrieval and distribution of deceased donor organs and tissues in Oklahoma.  Of the 58 OPOs in the country, LifeShare provides exception service to the Oklahoma community and is currently ranked fifth in the country in donors per million population.