Making Pancreas Transplants Accessible in Washington, DC
The GW Transplant Institute offers pancreas transplants for patients with diabetes and kidney disease. A kidney-pancreas transplant is an operation to place both a kidney and a pancreas obtained from the same donor.
The GW Liver and Pancreas Institute for Quality (LPIQ)
GW Hospital also offers innovative and advanced treatments for patients with pancreas, liver, bile duct, duodenum and gallbladder diseases at the Liver and Pancreas Institute for Quality (LPIQ).
Pancreas Transplant Criteria
Pancreas transplants help with glucose control, minimizing the complications from diabetes. Candidates are patients with type 1 diabetes and kidney disease, and some patients with type 2 diabetes that are under 55 years old and have a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, the national average wait time for a kidney-pancreas transplant is one to three years, which is shorter than the average five years for a kidney transplant. 95% of adults who receive a kidney-pancreas transplant will still be functioning well one year after the operation, and 92.5% will still be functioning well three years after, based on the national average for survival rates.
Transplant Procedures and Services We Offer
- Pre-transplant care and listing for transplants
- Transplant surgery using advanced techniques and equipment
- Post-transplant care
- Advanced transplant protocols
- Transplant biopsies
- Transplant-related laboratory tests
Schedule an In-Person or Virtual Appointment
Please fill out our general appointment form below or call our referral service at 888-4GW-DOCS to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment. Virtual Health enables you to speak with providers using your phone, tablet or computer.
Meet the Team
Joseph Keith Melancon, MD
Dr. Melancon is Professor of Surgery, George Washington University; Chief, Transplant Institute and Division of Transplant Surgery; and Medical Director, Ron and Joy Paul Kidney Center.
Pablo Serrano Rodriguez, MD (fluent in Spanish)
Dr. Serrano is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Surgical Director of the Pancreas Transplant Program.
Divya Shankaranarayanan, MD (fluent in Hindi)
Dr. Shankaranarayanan is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension.