Jermaine, who had a kidney transplant, with Alex Constantinescu, MD

Pediatric Kidney Transplant

We are Broward County's only pediatric and adult provider of kidney transplants.

Memorial Transplant Institute is the only pediatric and adult provider for both heart and kidney transplants in the Broward County area. Our skilled team of pediatric specialists offers children highly specialized care while providing the resources families need to navigate the transplant process and beyond.

For a child with kidney failure, kidney transplantation offers the opportunity to live a fuller life, free from dialysis.

To make an appointment or learn more about our customized pediatric kidney transplant program, please call:


What Is a Pediatric Kidney Transplant?

A kidney transplant replaces one of a child's failing kidneys with a new, healthy kidney. This healthy kidney could come from a living kidney donor or a deceased donor.

  • Living donor kidney transplant: Because most people can live long, healthy lives with only one kidney, a living donor such as a family member or friend may choose to donate a kidney to a child in need. An organ from a living kidney donor often lasts longer and works better compared to a kidney from a deceased donor. Our specialists help families consider all available living kidney donation possibilities. Learn more about the benefits of living kidney donation.
  • Deceased donor kidney transplant: All children in need of a kidney transplant go on a national waiting list managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). This list prioritizes based on the severity of their condition.

After receiving a kidney transplant, people need to take special care of themselves for the rest of their lives. This care includes taking anti-rejection medications every day and getting regular lab testing and follow-up care to monitor overall health.

Kidney transplantation allows children the chance to live a fuller and more active life, free from the constraints of dialysis.

Glenn’s Kidney Transplant Story

Glenn’s Kidney Transplant Story

Pediatric Kidney Transplantation at Memorial Transplant Institute: Why Choose Us?

Based at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, our pediatric transplant team provides outstanding care that's tailored to every child and family.

We offer:

  • Transplant expertise: Our surgical and medical teams have a combined 30 years of experience performing kidney transplant surgeries. Our specialists have a breadth of knowledge that comes from developing, building and maintaining successful transplant programs — and we were the first in Broward County to offer specialized heart and kidney transplants to both children and adults.
  • Team approach: Our pediatric kidney transplant care team includes dietitians, social workers and pharmacists as well as child life specialists who address the emotional needs of children. This diverse team works together to address every aspect of your child's transplant care. Meet our kidney transplant team.
  • Exceptional care, close to home: We offer the people of Broward County and beyond high-quality, personalized kidney transplant care — without the hassle of extensive travel. While the organ transplantation process can seem overwhelming, our compassionate and skilled team guides you every step of the way, from the initial evaluation process to lifelong follow-up care. Learn more about the kidney transplant process.
  • Care for your entire life: We develop lifelong relationships with our patients, and we treat you like family. Because our team cares for both children and adults, we’re able to spend significant time helping patients transition from pediatric to adult specialists.
  • Convenience: There's no need to navigate different locations or buildings. When you choose Memorial Transplant Institute, you get all of your transplant care in one convenient location and see multiple specialists in one visit.
  • Pediatric services: Pediatric dialysis social workers and child life specialists use play, pets and music to connect with children and help minimize the psychological impact of a serious medical condition or hospital stay. A teacher from Broward County Public Schools is available to help children work through extended school absences. Young patients also benefit from our playground as well as kid-friendly meals upon request.

To make an appointment or learn more about our customized pediatric kidney transplant program, please call:

Freddy, who had a kidney transplant

100 Kidney Transplants

Freddy, a 17-year-old Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital patient, received the 100th kidney transplant performed by Memorial Transplant Institute.

Pediatric Kidney Transplant Recipient Graduates

Pediatric Kidney Transplant Recipient Graduates

See how Jermaine, who received a kidney transplant in 2016 at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, achieves a milestone.
Glenn’s Kidney Transplant Story

Glenn’s Kidney Transplant Story

Watch as Glenn, who received a Kidney transplant, and his donor mom, share what his care teams mean to them.
Meet Linda Chen, MD - Surgical Director, Living Donor & Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Program

Meet Linda Chen, MD - Surgical Director, Living Donor & Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Program

I am a kidney transplant surgeon at Memorial Transplant Institute, Surgical Director of Living Donor Kidney Transplant at Memorial Healthcare System and Surgical Director of the Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Program at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

For nearly two decades I have cared for transplant patients, 16 of those years in South Florida, performing more than 500 laparoscopic living donor surgeries and about 2,000 transplant surgeries.
Kidney Transplant Team Supports Freddy

Kidney Transplant Team Supports Freddy

Watch as Freddy and his mom share what his kidney transplant and care mean to them.

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