Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care


Why choosing a kidney transplant at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) makes sense:

  • Our waiting times for kidney transplants are the shortest in the country.
  • We commonly provide kidney transplants to out-of-state patients.
  • Our advanced therapies in desensitization and paired-donor exchange have made more living kidney donor transplants possible.

If you would like to be considered for a kidney donation, call ECMC at: 716-898-5001


Pre-Kidney Transplant Surgery:

  • If you live outside of New York state, you can be on ECMC’s kidney donation waiting list and stay on the list in your hometown, too. This gives you more opportunities to receive organ donation offers.
  • To get on ECMC’s waiting list, you need to be actively listed in your home center and supply us with your medical records and a letter of support from your nephrologist.
  • We will then schedule a date for you to come to ECMC for a full day of education, testing, and meeting with the kidney transplant team.
  • If all your tests are acceptable, it takes just a few weeks to get you on the list.

Post-Kidney Transplant Surgery:

  • After transplantation, you will be required to stay in our local area (Buffalo, NY) for 1 to 3 months, depending on how fast you recover. ECMC will provide you with information on how best to achieve this through local housing/hotel accommodations. Once you have recovered, your local nephrologist will see you regularly and you will come to see us again 6 months after your kidney transplant and then yearly.
  • Our experienced multidisciplinary team serves our community with consistently high scores in outcomes and kidney transplant rates from deceased donors, and also offers laparoscopic donor nephrectomy procedures to promote faster recovery for living kidney donors.
  • Our commitment to excellence and focus on the patient experience has led to high satisfaction for recipients and living kidney donors alike.

Please contact us at 716-898-5001 and we will provide you with all the information you need to become a successful kidney transplant recipient.

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