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Why Hume-Lee?

VCU Hume-Lee Transplant Center offers the unique combination of a rich, clinically significant history with innovative, state-of-the-art treatments and superior survival rates to give our patients peace of mind that they are receiving the best possible transplant care.

Hume-Lee’s founding pioneers were visionaries in organ transplant medicine, whose breakthroughs contributed to the foundation of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and its location in the city of Richmond, Virginia. Hume-Lee has hosted many important transplant firsts including Virginia’s first human kidney transplant and Virginia’s first liver transplant.

That reputation for clinical excellence continues today through the use of advanced technologies by an elite, multi-disciplinary team of experts which allows us to consistently achieve survival rates that exceed the national standards. Additionally, our close partnership with LifeNet Health, our organ procurement organization, along with our dedicated tissue typing laboratory help us achieve a patient median wait time that is lower than the national average.

The Hume-Lee Transplant Center was one of the first transplant centers in the country, and continues to be one of the busiest and most successful transplant centers today, performing 50-60 liver transplants and 130-150 kidney transplants per year.

Collaborative care

The Hume-Lee team extends beyond our board certified transplant surgeons, transplant nephrologists and hepatologists. Our patients have seamless and convenient access to VCU Ancillary Services such as interventional radiology, vascular radiology, surgery, oncology, and transplant infectious disease. Our dedicated transplant pharmacist and dietician ensure that our patients’ pharmacological and nutritional needs are met with a specific focus on pre- and post-transplant care. This collaborative approach allows us to align and prioritize therapies to maximize outcomes and survival — all right here on the VCU Medical Center campus.

Commitment to research leads to advanced techniques

Hume-Lee’s strong commitment to research leads to the development and mastery of advanced treatments that allow us to treat difficult cases often deemed too risky by other centers. Our patients benefit from our use of cutting-edge desensitization techniques, our nationally-recognized HLA lab, and innovative surgical techniques that allow us to successfully draw from an expanded pool of donors and ultimately transplant more patients.

Patient and graft survival

Patient outcomes are our top priority and main driver behind our research and collaboration efforts. Hume-Lee’s patient and graft survival rates continue to rank above the national average, as noted by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients at