Our Kidney Transplant Program

There are many people in the UAE living with advanced kidney disease and over 2,000 people who have end-stage renal disease. These patients require regular, ongoing kidney dialysis and may eventually need a kidney transplant.

The kidneys play an important role in the body, filtering the blood and removing waste. In patients with kidney disease, the kidneys are unable to filter the blood, so this is done via regular dialysis. A kidney transplant improves quality of life and can double life expectancy compared to dialysis.

Our Kidney Transplant Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi was established with the support of the Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center in the US, one of the largest and most successful kidney transplant programs in the world. Our experienced transplant team offer a multidisciplinary approach and we work closely with our patients before, during and after transplantation to make sure they are medically and emotionally cared for, and that the best possible outcome is achieved. ​

When is a kidney transplant needed?

A kidney transplant may be needed in patients who aren’t responding to other treatments or dialysis. Those who may eventually require a kidney transplant include:​

  • Patients with end-stage kidney disease on dialysis. 
  • Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease 
  • Patients with chronic kidney disease 
  • Patients with chronic kidney disease that have type 1 diabetes who have not responded to medical treatment

Treatment and Procedures

Our Kidney Transplant Program is led by transplant experts offering innovative and compassionate care. From the very early stages, when the need for a transplant is first identified, through to post-transplant support, our extended team offer our patients care and attention during the following stages of treatment: ​

  • Pre-transplant evaluation
  • Transplant surgery and perioperative management of kidney transplant patients
  • Laboratory studies, including chemical, immunologic, hormonal, and serologic profiles in addition to urine tests
  • Imaging studies, including ultrasound and CT scans
  • Post-kidney transplant follow-up: management of immunosuppressive medications, screening, prevention and treatment of complications of transplantation and medications
  • Post-kidney transplant management of hypertension, anemia, cardiovascular diseases and rejection
  • Health maintenance and screening after kidney transplantation with heavy concentration on microbiological and cancer screening and vaccinations
  • Dialysis and therapeutic plasma exchange to treat rejections or if the kidney fails>

Kidney Transplant Program Caregivers

Our Kidney Transplant Program consists of a multidisciplinary team. Our experienced and specialized caregivers include:

  • Case managers
  • Consultant nephrologists
  • Dialysis/plasmapheresis nurses
  • Dieticians
  • Health unit coordinators
  • Nephrology clinic nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Social workers
  • Transplant coordinators
  • Transplant nephrologists
  • Transplant surgeons


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