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Division of Transplantation

Dual Kidney Transplants

Dual Kidney Transplants – Downstate leads the way in performing this procedure

Among its many outstanding accomplishments, SUNY Downstate was the first to perform dual kidney transplants as a means of increasing the number of organs available for transplant at a time when the organ donor shortage has significantly increased the waiting period for organ transplantation. Using this procedure, both kidneys from an older donor are transplanted into a single recipient, thereby expanding the use of kidneys that might not otherwise have been transplanted. The first dual transplant in New York State was done at SUNY Downstate in 1996 and the procedure has been overwhelmingly successful. SUNY Downstate remains the leader in performing this innovative procedure in New York State and the Tri-State area.