Clinics & Inpatient Care Units

Renal Services - Renal Transplant Program

The Renal Transplant Program began in 1967. It is one of two adult kidney transplant programs serving the Greater Toronto Area and is part of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the University of Toronto. We are the transplant referral hospital for over 30 dialysis centres in the Greater Toronto Area, in addition to performing some transplants from other regions of Canada.

To date more than 2000 transplants have occured at St. Michael's Hospital, with approximately 900 post-transplant patients being actively followed in our ambulatory clinic. There are approximately 450 patients on our deceased donor list and about 50 patients in various stages of evaluation for living kidney donation.

Because of the long waiting times for deceased donation, we have committed ourselves to promoting living donation with the largest minimally invasive (laparoscopic) living donor program in Canada. This program allows for shorter hospital stay, less pain and a quicker return to employment for living donors.

The new Ontario kidney allocation

Presentation by Dr. Jeff Zaltzman, director, Transplant, St. Michael's
CMO, Transplant, Trillium Gift of Life

Read our newsletter, Transplant Digest

Open publication - View as pdf file

Previous issues (pdf files)

Issue 1 - Winter 2006
Issue 2 - Spring/Summer 2007
Issue 3 - Fall 2007/Winter 2008
Issue 4 - Spring/Summer 2008
Issue 5 - Fall 2008/Winter 2009
Issue 6 - Spring/Summer 2009
Issue 7 - Fall 2009/Winter 2010
Issue 8 - Spring/Summer 2010

Issue 9 - Fall 2010
Issue 10 - Spring/Summer 2011
Issue 11 - Fall 2011
Issue 12 - Spring/Summer 2012
Issue 13 - Fall 2012
Issue 14 - Spring/Summer 2013
Issue 15 - Fall 2013



Academic mission

We aim to:

  • Provide excellent pre- and post-kidney transplant care to our patients.
  • Maintain academic excellence in clinical transplant research.
  • Provide transplant training for medical students, residents and nephrology fellows;
  • Promote organ donation.
  • Work with our partners in the community to foster greater understanding of transplantation, its benefits and its outcomes.
  • Work within the greater national and international transplant community to improve the quality of life for transplant patients.