Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Our 1- and 3-year survival rates for kidney recipients meet or exceed expected results. Our 1- and 3-year graft survival rates (which indicate whether a transplanted kidney is working) are also excellent.

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) tracks outcomes for all U.S. transplant centers, including Henry Ford Transplant Institute.

Thanks to our active living donor kidney transplant program, you may receive a transplant within 1 to 2 months. The average wait for a kidney from a deceased donor at Henry Ford is 36 months, roughly half the national average (70 months).

At a Glance

  • First transplant: 01/04/68
  • Transplants performed in 2017: 109
    • deceased donor: 60
    • living donor: 49
  • Total number of program transplants through 2017: 3328
    • deceased donor: 2190
    • living donor: 1138
  • Received Medicare approval: 01/01/77


  • Median time to transplant<: 43.1 months
  • Transplant rate~: .22 (expected .18, national .18) statistically higher than expected
  • Waitlist mortality~: .059 (expected .053, national .055) not significantly different

kidney outcomes 2016

< Patients on the waitlist between 01/01/2011 and 06/30/2016
~ Patients on the waitlist between 01/01/2016 and 012/31/2016
* Patients receiving their first transplant of this type between 01/01/2014 and 06/30/2016 for the one-year model; between 07/01/2011 and 12/31/2013 for the three-year model
1The expected probability of surviving, adjusted for patient and donor characteristics.
Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, Center and OPO-specific Reports, based on data available 04/30/2017, released 07/06/2017.  

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