Transplant Program History
For nearly 40 years, the pancreas and kidney transplant program and surgery services at Memorial Medical Center (Springfield, Illinois) and Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of patients and their loved ones. The transplant program was founded in 1972 by Dr. Alan Birtch, Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine, and has performed more than 800 kidney and combined kidney/pancreas transplants to date.
The attached video was created as a tribute to our hospital-wide commitment to organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Information is from 2009-2012. Interviews are of Memorial Medical Center patients, however not everyone pictured was treated at Memorial Medical Center.
- Kidney Transplantation
- Pancreas Transplantation
- Simultaneous Pancreas and Kidney
- Transplantation Pancreas after Kidney
- Pancreas Transplantation Alone
- Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomies
- Dialysis Access
The Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine transplant physicians, Dr. Marc Garfinkel and Dr. David Rea, are currently investigating effects of cigarette smoking on transplant outcomes.
To learn more about the Memorial/SIU transplant program please go to this link
Additionally, to receive a free education DVD entitled "A New Beginning: Planning for Your Transplant Journey", please call the Memorial Pancreas and Kidney Transplant Program and Surgery Services at (217) 788-3441 or toll free at (888) 864-9433.
We are available to answer any questions you may have or to talk about our transplant program. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at (217) 788-3441 or toll free at (888) 864-9433.