Transplant Services

When you're living with end-stage kidney disease, you need a team to help you find the right care. The caring professionals in SUNY Downstate's transplant program will be with you through every step of the process.

A Legacy of Care

We performed our first kidney transplant in 1965. Since then, we have been at the forefront of advanced care, while treating every patient with the highest level of care. Downstate recruited Dr. Samuel Kountz in 1972 to become the professor and chair of the department of surgery.  He accepted, saying he wanted to improve medical care for African Americans in urban areas like Brooklyn.  We strive to honor his memory and continue his mission today.

About Our Program

SUNY Downstate Transplant Symposium 2023

2023 SUNY Downstate Transplant Symposium: Breaking Barriers to Transplantation From Listing to Follow-Up

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Changing Lives, One at a Time


3,000+ Number of kidney transplants performed at Downstate

Downstate is among the country's most active kidney transplant programs.

50+ Transplant Dedicated Health Care Workers on staff

Specially trained Surgeons, Nephrologists, Mid-Level Practitioners, Anesthesiologists, Pharmacists, Nurses, Social Workers, Dieticians, Quality Managers, Clinical Managers and many others work with donors and recipients to optimize care, outcomes, and patients experience.



At age 21, Karen wasn't sure if she would live past her college graduation.

Thanks to a #donorhero, she is now a new mom. Learn more about Karen’s story.

Find out how Brooklyn’s only kidney transplantation program at University Hospital at Downstate can help!

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