Hispanic Transplant Program
The Northwestern Medicine Hispanic Transplant Program, the only known program of its kind in the country, offers a culturally sensitive program dedicated to serving Spanish-speaking patients in need of a transplant.
To help our Spanish-speaking patients and their families feel more comfortable, Northwestern Medicine offers a Hispanic Transplant Program, a culturally sensitive program dedicated to serving the Hispanic population. The program supports the longstanding goal of providing individualized patient care for Hispanic patients undergoing kidney, liver, pancreas or small bowel transplantation. We have a bilingual team made up of surgeons, physicians, a social worker, a financial coordinator, a clinical research coordinator and other support staff.
Through the Northwestern Medicine Hispanic Transplant Program—the only known program of its kind in the country—we offer a dedicated evaluation clinic through which patients in need of a transplant receive individualized care. Customizing patient care applies not only to individualizing medical treatments, but also to recognizing how cultural differences affect the patient. Many of our Hispanic patients prefer to communicate in Spanish, and many also want discussions of their medical care to involve the whole family, including their elders, who often are the family decision-makers and most likely speak Spanish.
Access program content in Spanish: Programa Hispano Trasplantes.
The Kovler Organ Transplantation Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been providing transplantation services since 1964 and is a leader in research, innovation and patient care in the Midwest region. Our surgeons transplant more than 400 organs each year, making the Northwestern Memorial program among the top nationally in patient outcomes and the number of transplants performed.