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    Specializing in organ transplant for more than two decades, MUSC offers the state's only comprehensive organ transplant medical center.

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    Patient Testimonials

    Her what our patients have to say about the MUSC Transplant program and the care they received.

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    In addition to our main campus in Charleston, SC, MUSC has transplant outreach clinics throughout the state, as well as one in Savannah, GA.

MUSC Health Transplant Center

An organ transplant is no longer considered a rare and unimaginable surgery. With today's advances in research, innovation and accessibility, an organ transplant offers hope to thousands of people each year - hope for a longer life and an improved quality of life.

Specializing in organ transplant for more than two decades, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) offers the only comprehensive organ transplant medical center in South Carolina. The MUSC Health Transplant Center is nationally recognized as one of the best for adults and children. Most patients come to the MUSC Health Transplant Center for two important reasons:

  • Our outcomes and organ transplant survival rates are outstanding and among the nation’s best, despite the fact that we treat more than twice the national average of high-risk patients.
  • The average waiting time to receive an organ transplant here is among the shortest in the nation.

The MUSC Health Transplant Center offers patients the caring and compassion of a hometown hospital along with all of the benefits of a major academic medical center:

  • Physicians trained at some of the country’s premier medical institutions
  • Clinical expertise
  • Innovative, proven techniques
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Leading-edge transplant clinical trials
  • The full support of the university and its considerable resources

Plus, we are located in one of the country’s most beautiful, warm and welcoming cities: Charleston.

It's no wonder the MUSC Health Transplant Center continues to grow as patients throughout the Southeast and around the country increasingly come to us for lifesaving transplants.

 

Transplant Services

We offer the following transplant services:

Blood & Marrow Transplant

MUSC's experience and innovation with adult and pediatric blood and bone marrow transplant have resulted in outcomes that are among the best in the country.

Heart Transplant

MUSC's heart transplant team in Charleston, SC provides the only adult and pediatric cardiac transplantation program in South Carolina.

Kidney Transplant

The kidney transplant team at the MUSC Kidney Transplant Center in Charleston, South Carolina specializes in living kidney renal transplants.

Liver Transplant

The MUSC Health Transplant Center in Charleston,SC is one of the country's top adult and pediatric liver transplant programs.

Living Donation Transplant

Becoming a donor is a profound act of selflessness and often the best chance someone else has for long-term survival.

Lung Transplant

MUSC is the only lung transplant program in South Carolina, and is certified by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the U.S. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Pancreas Transplant

The MUSC Health Transplant Center in Charleston, SC offers some of the nation's most cutting-edge pancreatic transplant procedures.

Pediatric Transplant Programs

MUSC has a dedicated children's hospital providing specialized care for pediatric transplant recipients.

 

Patient Testimonials

Heart Transplant

Within four months after his transplant, Bob ran a 6.2-mile race in under an hour after training with his father and the MUSC rehabilitation team. Three years after his transplant, he runs two miles every day, lifts weights and plays basketball and baseball. He feels great and has no health problems now. - Bob Ward, heart transplant recipient

Kidney Transplant

“This is my kid. There was no question that I would give her my kidney. If she needed my leg, she could have it.” – Eric Hemingway, Living Kidney Donor

Liver Transplant

“I was so sick, I couldn’t even ask them where the liver came from, but this time, things went really well. Dr. Baliga did both of the transplants and he and the whole department are amazing. They really treat you right.” -Kim Roberts, recipient of two liver transplants

Pediatric Heart Transplant

"The whole process was amazing in the way everything came together.  It was truly a miracle." - Pam Coy, mother of four-year-old Gabe Coy

Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant

“The doctors and nurses at MUSC are like our second family. They got him to where he is now. We wouldn’t have him today if it weren’t for them.” - Whitney Ringler, mother of three-year-old Chase Ringler, bone marrow transplant recipient

Kidney & Pancreas Transplant

“I’ve been in hospitals a lot during the past five years and my treatment at MUSC was unbelievable. I’ve never known people like that who were so quick to help you. They treated me like I was a newborn baby.” - Rett Pritchard, dual transplant recipient

Lung Transplant

Watch videos of our many lung transplant patients.

 

Referrals to the MUSC Health Transplant Center

The MUSC HealthTransplant Center is committed to timely, clear communication with health care professionals.

To speak with an MUSC transplant specialist, please call MUSC’s dedicated referral and consultation line, MEDULINE, at 843-792-2200 or toll-free at 800-922-5250. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, MEDULINE provides specially trained representatives who stay on the line until you are connected to the appropriate person.

You may also sign on to MUSC Health Link for patient referral.

Our representatives have all the resources to promptly connect you. If you wish to speak with a specific physician who is unavailable, the representative will direct you to an available specialist or arrange for the requested physician to return your call.

  • For referrals to the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, please call 843-792-8382.
  • Please use our adult and pediatric selection criteria to help facilitate the referral of your patient to the MUSC Heart Transplant Program. If you need assistance or information to help facilitate your referral, please call 843-792-9259.
  • The following resources are available to facilitate referral of your patient to the MUSC Kidney Transplant Program. If you need additional assistance, please call 843-792-4177.
  • The following resources are available to facilitate referral of your patient to the MUSC Live Donor Kidney Transplant Program. If you need additional assistance please call 843-792-1954.
  • Patient selection criteria (pdf)
  • Referral form (pdf)
  • The following resources are available to facilitate the referral of your patient to the MUSC Liver Transplant Program. If you need additional assistance please call 843-792-0332.
  • Patient selection criteria (pdf)
  • Referral form for liver transplant (pdf)
  • Referral form for post-transplant follow up (pdf)
  • The following resource is available to facilitate the referral of your patient to the MUSC Lung Transplant Program.
  • Lung transplant referral form (pdf)
  • The following resources are available to facilitate the referral of your patient to the MUSC Pancreas Transplant Program. If you need additional assistance please call 843-792-4177.
  • Patient selection criteria (pdf)
  • Referral form (pdf)

 

MUSC Health and Related Locations

Listed below are locations, addresses, and maps for clinics that often see MUSC Health transplant patients.

Kidney & Liver Transplant Clinic (Charleston)
Rutledge Tower, 9th Floor
135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC  29425
Parking Information

Florence Outreach Clinic
Freedom Dialysis
1520 Freedom Boulevard
Florence, SC  29505-6040

Greenville Outreach Clinic
2755 South Highway 14
Greer, SC  29650

Savannah Outreach Clinic
7001 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Suite 1
Savannah, GA 31406

LabCorp
LabCorp's Patient Service Center Locator

Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics' Patient Service Center Locator

 

Patient & Family Services

The MUSC Health Transplant Center is located in Charleston, SC. A city like no other with truly something for every interest, Charleston is a treasure of more than 300 years of American history.

Patients who live closer to another transplant center should consider being listed with MUSC Health for transplantation. Charleston a beautiful place to heal, and MUSC Health's waiting times are among the shortest in the nation. We strive to help patients return to life at home as quickly as possible.

How to get here

Charleston is easy to get to by car. The city is located on the South Carolina coast at the eastern end of Intestate-26, which connects with I-20, I-85, I-40, I-77 and I-95.

The Charleston International Airport (www.chs-airport.com) has more than 100 daily flights available from the following airlines:

  • Air Canada
  • Delta Airlines and Delta Connection
  • Northwest Airlines
  • United Express
  • Continental Airlines
  • Southwest
  • US Airways

Amtrak also has regular passenger service to the Charleston area.

Our weather

Visitors and residents alike find the weather in Charleston delightful.  Our average annual temperature is 65OF, which reflects our semi-tropical climate.  Winters are typically mild and summers are very warm and humid.

Accommodations, dining and reservations

When it comes to hotels and reservations, we provide personalized assistance to MUSC Health Transplant Center patients and their families.  Our dedicated guest relations specialist will make all reservations and provide a wealth of information about the city.

Contact MUSC Guest Relations at 843-792-3122.

Among the many attractions of our charming city are:

  • Fort Sumter where the first shot was fired during the Civil War
  • Historic downtown where you can journey back in time
  • Antique stores, specialty stores and an abundance of shopping
  • The Old Market which pre-dates the Civil War and today hosts a variety of talented local crafters
  • Beautiful homes on the Battery that epitomize 19th century elegance and style
  • Plantation home and gardens that have survived two wars, natural disasters and seven generations
  • Museums devoted to Charleston’s cultural and natural history
  • The South Carolina Aquarium which showcases aquatic species from the mountains, the ocean and everything in between

Sports and recreational activities are also plentiful in Charleston:

  • Charleston River Dogs minor league baseball team (NY Yankees affiliate)
  • Charleston Battery professional soccer venue
  • Family Circle Tennis Center
  • SC Stingrays Hockey Team
  • An endless array of golf courses
  • Horseback riding
  • Charter fishing boats
  • Fun-filled water parks
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Ice skating

Art and music play a huge role in Charleston’s culture, with outdoor concerts and art exhibits occurring year-round.

You may also want to visit the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau site.

Patient and Family Support

Social workers are part of the multidisciplinary team at MUSC Transplant Center. They provide an assessment as part of the transplant evaluation process and assist patients in resolving challenges toward transplant candidacy. Social workers assess patients’ support system and financial stability. They also assist patients in referrals to other services, such as mental health or substance abuse treatment, if needed.  After transplantation, social workers continue to provide support to patients and their caregivers.

Support Groups 

The MUSC Transplant Center has a Facebook page that lists relevant announcements, activities, and other information of interest to transplant recipients. Search for “MUSC Transplant Center” in Facebook.

Charleston Transplant Support Group
Support for all live organ transplant and LVAD recipients.
Contact: Carol Dolida
Phone: 843-552-4038
Email: charlestontransplant@gmail.com
Meets at: Springhill Suites, Ripley Point, Charleston
When: Last Tuesday of every month at 2-3pm.

Charleston Lung Transplant Support Group at MUSC
Support for lung transplant patients.
Contact: Nancy Holbach
Phone: 843-792-5092
Email: holbach@musc.edu
Meets at: MUSC’s Gazes Auditorium
Courtenay Drive, Charleston
When: Second Tuesday of each month at 11:30am-1:30pm.
Facebook: Charleston Lung Transplant

Columbia

Second Chance Transplant Support Group
Support for all live organ transplant patients.
Contact: Steve Ford
Phone: 803-394-2364
Email: secondchance430@gmail.com
Meets at: Holland Avenue Baptist Church, 801 12th Street, Cayce, SC
When: Third Tuesday of each month at 4-5pm

Additional Resources

HelpHOPELive
http://www.helphopelive.org/
1-800-642-8399

National Foundation for Transplants (NFT)
http://www.transplants.org/
1-800-489-3863

Children’s Organ Transplant Association
http://www.cota.org/
1-800-366-2682

Transplant Living
http://www.transplantliving.org/
888-894-6361

Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR)
http://www.srtr.org/
(877) 970-SRTR

UNOS
http://www.unos.org/
888-894-6361