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Record Number of Kidney Transplants in 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Qasim L. Chaudhry and the entire UnityPoint Health – Des Moines  transplant team for transplanting a total of 70 kidneys during 2016, 16 more than 2015. 

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Iowa Methodist Transplant Center Wait Times Drastically Lower Than Other Centers

Iowa Methodist Medical Center kidney transplant waiting times are drastically lower than other Midwestern and national transplant centers.  Our high-quality patient-centered care is proven by our graft survival rate of 98%.  We send monthly updates to dialysis centers and nephrology offices.

Iowa Methodist transplanted patients in 12.7 months on average compared to the regional average of 27 months and national of 54.3 months.

Iowa Methodist is transplanting patients with advanced age and higher BMI.  Thirty-three percent of the patients transplanted at the center were over the age of 65. We encourage patients to be listed at multiple transplant centers.


Woman donates a kidney to an Indianola mom, a complete stranger.


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Sister's Kidney Provides Second Chance

Nearly 600 people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in Iowa, but one man didn't have to look far for his second chance at life. Daniel Cruz looks like a healthy man in his thirties. You wouldn't guess what he's been through. See the entire story here.

Paired Donation Offers Transplant Center Patients Options

The New England Journal of Medicine reports a chain of 10 kidney transplantations over a period of eight months. Through the use of paired donation, the donors and recipients were able to match up compatibly.

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Ankeny Couple Saves Two Lives Through Kidney Donation

When Sherry Whistler gave a kidney to the wife of someone in her bible study, her husband Mike felt compelled to donate as well. The two were inducted into local radio station WHO's Hall of Heroes for their generosity. "The impressive thing here is we have one person who came here to donate who had no relationship with anybody, just came here to help somebody he didn't even know," said Dr. Qasim Chaudhry, medical director of Iowa Methodist's Transplant Center.

Lifesaving Gift Made Possible Through the Kindness of a Classmate

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