University of Minnesota Health is a world leader in pancreas transplant surgeries. We performed the world’s first pancreas transplant in 1966. With this surgery, we proved that a person with diabetes can live without insulin injections. Since then, our transplant surgeons have performed over 2,300 pancreas transplants, or roughly 10 percent of the world’s procedures, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
University of Minnesota Health has one of the oldest and most successful transplant programs in the world. We have a legacy of innovation in several areas: living organ donation and transplant outcomes research and education of transplant surgeons. We have more than 50 years of experience in the clinical care of over 14,500 organ and cell transplant recipients of heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, islet, or intestine transplants. We have cared for nearly 5,400 living organ donors. Because our physicians from different specialty areas work together closely, we are highly skilled at treating patients who have medical problems with more than one organ, such as kidney and liver disease. We’ve been consistently ranked as a top provider by national and local publications.