Kidney Transplant

"My kidney transplant gave me normalcy.
My life is no longer full of worry."

Kidney Transplant


UMC Health System and UT Southwestern Medical Center have forged a new partnership in kidney transplantation, bringing the strengths of both facilities together, creating a patient-centric culture and providing an unsurpassed level of innovative and compassionate care.

Through this new partnership, patients from Lubbock and the surrounding areas will continue to receive pre-transplant treatment, waitlist management and post-transplant care from their established team at UMC, in collaboration with UT Southwestern specialists in Lubbock. Transplant surgeries will be performed at UT Southwestern’s state of the art facilities in Dallas.

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With this partnership our patients receive:

  • Transplant services close to home
  • Texas Tech Physicians
  • Experienced and dedicated transplant team available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Living donor and swap programs

Being one of the most respected transplant centers in the country, UT Southwestern has a rich history in kidney transplantation, starting in 1964 with the first kidney transplant performed in Texas. Through its innovations in clinical medicine and dedicated efforts in research and education, UT Southwestern helps shape the field of transplantation. Later this year, UT Southwestern will open the new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital in the heart of the Dallas Medical District.

At the core of this partnership between UMC and UT Southwestern is a mutual goal to provide the best possible care to kidney transplant patients and their families. Patients will continue treatment close to home, have their transplant at a facility with some of the best long-term outcomes, then return home for follow-up care and recovery.

The Hand Family

Josh Hand was born with multiple kidney anomalies, but it wasn't until he went in for a check up, many years later, that he found out he needed a kidney transplant. Without the partnership between UMC and UT Southwestern and his cousin, Brad, Josh would not be thriving the way he is today.

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Transplant FAQs

Have questions? See our transplant FAQs.

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At UMC, our goal is to provide our patients with the very best care possible. That is why UMC has partnered with the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

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UT Southwestern Transplant Center
UT Southwestern Transplant Center

UT Southwestern is dedicated to providing excellence in transplant services and patient care.

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Support Group Services

The group meets for the encouragement, education and advocacy of the transplant patient, dialysis patient and their family members and caregivers.

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UMC’s Transplant Services Team

Camilo Pena, M.D.
Medical Director, Transplant Services

Werner deRiese, M.D.
Transplant Urologist

Thomas Stunkard, MSN, RN
Director, Transplant Services

Amie Duemer, LMSW
Transplant Social Worker

Leslie Short, BSN, RN
Transplant Coordinator

Ciara Shaw, LVN
Assistant Transplant Coordinator

Tracy Newton, FNP-C
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