Center for Transplant Services

The Region's only kidney transplant program

Center for Transplant Services

The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Center for Transplant Services is home to the only kidney transplant program in East Tennessee. We are a leading provider of organ transplantation in our region, and we have given thousands of people new hope and longer life since our first successful kidney transplant in 1985.

Begin Your Transplant Journey

Are you a donor or a recipient? Watch the pre-transplant education session now.

How One Transplant Saved Two Lives

When Jenny Curry’s brother-in-law, Andy Cordle, was diagnosed with kidney failure, Jenny donated one of her kidneys to him. She didn’t know that taking this step would save her life, too.

The Gift of Living Donation

For additional info on living donations: Living Kidney Donation FAQs

Patient Stories & The Latest News

Brittany Mikels, kidney donor

Change a Life by Being a Living Donor

A doctor holds illustrated kidneys in his hands

Medical Moment: Kidney Transplants

Nurse Donates Kidney to Her Coworker

Our Services

UT Medical Center’s Transplant Services offers the most advanced methods of diagnosis and treatment for illnesses and conditions of the kidney. Patients can find everything they need in one place for diagnosis, treatment, support and rehabilitation.

Experts are available for assistance with the following list of services:

Our Specialties

Why choose the Center for Transplant Services? We offer premier technology with highly trained professionals to provide excellent patient-centered care. Our specialties include:

  • Acute Kidney Failure
  • Alport’s Syndrome
  • Chronic Kidney Failure
  • Diabetes
  • Donor Liver Attachment
  • Type I Diabetes
  • Type II Diabetes
  • End Stage Renal Disease
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Infection (Urinary Tract Infection)
  • Kidney Stones
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Renal and Urologic Disorders
  • PTLD (Post-transplant lymphoproliferative Disorder
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Transplant rejection

If you need assistance with a service or specialty, please contact us at 865-305-9236.

Living Donation

More than 116,000 people are on the national transplant list, waiting for organ donation. Of that number, more than 90,000 are waiting for a kidney.

On average, people wait three to five years for a kidney from a deceased donor. But, because the living donors are usually family or friends, the wait can be less than a year for a living donation.

Where transplants from deceased donors require emergency surgery, transplants from living donors can be planned around everyone’s schedule.

The Center for Transplant Services understands how difficult it is for people needing a kidney to be on the waiting list. It’s also challenging to ask someone to be a living donor. Let us help you make the connection.

Consider becoming a life-saving living kidney donor. For more information, contact Living Donor Coordinator Ashley Dennis the Center for Transplant Services. Email her at or call 865-305-5340.

Referring Physicians

To arrange a consultation or make a referral to the Center for Transplant Services, complete our online referral form and fax it to 865-305-6117. To speak with a member of our transplant team, call 865-305-9236.

Our Team

Oscar H. Grandas MD

Contact Info
Center for Transplant Services
UT Medical Center
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920
Pre-Transplant Fax: 865-305-6117
Post-Transplant Fax: 865-305-9128

Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm

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