Tomorrow's Solutions, Today

We can't wait for other academic medical centers to find better solutions for patients. To better care for all Virginians, we must build a world-class research enterprise dedicated to discovering the next generation of transplant therapies and surgeries. We're already making great strides. In 2018, we began human testing of a drug that promises to save the lives of lung transplant recipients and we're keeping organs viable longer. By integrating our research and clinical enterprises, we can unlock the solutions that our patients desperately need.

Exceptional Patient Care

More than 5,000 individuals have turned to UVA to receive a lifesaving transplant—traveling across the Commonwealth and surrounding states to be cared for here. Traveling far from home can put an unexpected strain on a family. That's why we created the Transplant Center Patient Assistance Fund, which helps offset the financial burden of travel and long hospital stays by assisting those in need with the cost of lodging, gas, and food. By supporting the needs of our patients and their families, UVA lets our families focus on what's most important: getting well.

Spotlight: Fighting Diabetes with Islet Cell Transplants

Dr. Jose Oberholzer has pioneered a novel cell therapy that one day may cure diabetes. Read more about UVA's groundbreaking research program.

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Stories of Care & Discovery

Steve Nugent runs in the Marine Corps Marathon.

From Liver Transplant to Marathon in 16 Months: Steve Nugent's Story

Steve received his liver transplant in the spring of 2016. In October of 2017, Steve ran the Marine Corps Marathon while “Team Steve” set up a booth alongside the route to sign people up to become organ donors.


Q&A: Marathon-Running Doc Boosts Organ Transplants, Targets Diabetes Cure

Q&A: Marathon-Running Doc Boosts Organ Transplants, Targets Diabetes Cure

Dr. José Oberholzer, recently honored by the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, has nearly doubled organ transplants at UVA, pioneered juvenile diabetes treatments – and run 25 marathons to help the cause

UVA Today

UVA Transplant Center's Jose Oberholzer Earns Healthcare Service Award

UVA Transplant Center's Jose Oberholzer Earns Healthcare Service Award

For working to make transplants more accessible for Virginians and develop a cure for diabetes, University of Virginia Health System surgeon Jose Oberholzer, MD, has received a 2019 Meritorious Service Award from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare As...

UVA Health Newsroom

Overcoming the Organ Shortage: Myths vs. Facts about Transplant

Overcoming the Organ Shortage: Myths vs. Facts About Transplant

Almost two dozen eligible patients die each day waiting for available organs. To overcome the organ shortage, we need more donors.

Healthy Balance

Lung Transplant and COPD: A UVA Patient's Journey

Our Journey Through Lung Transplant: A Patient’s Story

Louisa County, VA, resident Pat Gutekenst battled COPD and had a lung transplant at UVA. He and his wife, Stacey, contributed this post. Read their story.

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