USC Multi-Organ Transplant Program

Only a generation ago, there was little hope for people with failing hearts, lungs, livers or kidneys. Today, the USC Multi-Organ Transplant Program, consisting of heart, lung, liver, kidney, and pancreas transplant, offers such patients a second chance at life and better health.


The Transplant Program has earned a reputation of technical excellence, cutting-edge research and high success rates. A world pioneer in live-donor transplants, the Program offers a unique service: Patients with one or more family members willing to donate a lung lobe, kidney or a portion of a liver may have the procedures performed when the need presents itself, without waiting for a cadaveric organ. USC doctors also are known for advances in transfusion-free medicine and surgery.

USC transplant surgeries take place at several facilities, including:

  • USC University Hospital
  • USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
  • The Doheny Eye Institute

To create a complete teaching and research institution, teams of highly skilled and experienced specialists from a wide variety of disciplines come together to best meet the needs of patients and their families. The teams perform hundreds of transplants every year-each carried out and followed up with personal care and medical treatment that ensures the best experience and the greatest chance of success.

What makes USC unique?

  • Pioneered the live-donor lobar lung transplant procedure
  • Was the first to successfully transplant a heart and lung into a four-month-old infant
  • Conducted the first live-donor double-lobar lung transplant
  • Performed the world’s first bloodless live-donor liver transplant
  • Was the first to routinely conduct adult-to-adult and adult-to-pediatric live-donor liver transplants in Southern California
  • Offers laparoscopic kidney removal from living donors, one of the newest and most advanced procedures in transplantation
  • Provides access to the latest scientific and medical advances in transplantation and immunosuppressive therapies

When people turn to the USC Transplant Program for help, they often have been living with a difficult and debilitating illness. Some have had unexpected and fast-developing diseases; others have lived and struggled for years with their conditions. We understand that transplant patients span from infants to seniors, speak many languages and come from diverse walks of life. But they all have the same desire; to live healthy, productive lives.

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