Lee Health and Tampa General Hospital have collaborated to redefine kidney transplant care in our community while expanding the scope of services available to patients.

Collaboration Brings World-Class Care Close to Home

On Dec. 2, the Lee Health Kidney Transplant Institute will voluntarily discontinue services at Gulf Coast Medical Center. On Dec. 3, the Tampa General Hospital Advanced Organ Disease and Transplantation Institute at Lee Health will open in the clinic space previously occupied by our transplant program.

Our new partnership will bring patients immediate access to a variety of transplant services, including live donor transplants, paired donor transplants, deceased kidney transplants and simultaneous multi-organ transplants, such as kidney and pancreas.

Patients on the Lee Health transplant waitlist:

  • Will NOT lose their place in the waitlist line
  • Will have the option to transfer their wait time to Tampa General Hospital or any other Medicare-approved transplant center
  • Can call Lee Health for assistance with navigating their transfer to Tampa General’s program, or a program of their choosing. For more information, please call 239-343-0442 or 800-874-7142.

When a kidney becomes available, patients will travel to Tampa General Hospital or a Medicare-approved transplant center of their choice for surgery. After a post-surgery recuperation period, patients can return to their local nephrologist for ongoing follow-up.

  • Lee Health transplant nephrologists, Dr. Gautham Mogilishetty and Dr. Shalini Saith, will remain at Gulf Coast Medical Center clinic as part of Tampa General’s program to provide pre- and post-operative nephrology care.
  • Tampa General Hospital’s nationally ranked transplant clinic performs an average of more than 225 adult kidney transplants per year--more than 5,000 adult kidney transplants since 1974.

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