Department of Transplantation Surgery

The Department of Transplantation Surgery at Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge is responsible for all kidney-, pancreas- and islet transplantations performed in the Stockholm and Gotland regions and is together with Gothenburg the referral centre for liver transplantations in Sweden. Approximately 2/3 of all pediatric kidney transplantations in Sweden are performed at Karolinska and more than 275 children and adolescents have been treated. Heart transplantations are performed in collaboration with the departments of cardiology at Karolinska and Uppsala University Hospitals. Thoracic surgical partner is Skåne University Hospital in Lund.

Annually, approximately 100 kidney transplantations and 70 liver transplantations are carried out at the department. In total, more than 3000 kidneys, 1100 livers and approximately 200 pancreas transplantations have been performed at Karolinska.

Recently, a clinical liver cell transplantation program was initiated.

Programs for Living donor kidney transplantation and Living donor liver transplantation are well developed and represent important alternatives to deceased donor transplantation. Live donor nephrectomies are in most cases performed through a hand assisted laparoscopic technique. A large number of vascular access operations are performed on both adult and pediatric patients with end-stage renal disease.

The department also performs liver resections in patients with liver tumours and nephrectomies in patients with polycystic kidney disease.

In cooperation with the Transplant Unit at Uppsala University Hospital  an organisation for promotion of organ donation and organ retrieval (OFO) has been established and surgical teams from both units are alternately responsible for the deceased organ donor operation.

Comprehensive clinical and experimental research in the field of both solid organ transplantation and cell transplantation is carried out at the clinic.

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Department of Transplantation Surgery


Gunnar Söderdahl
Head of Department,
Transplant Surgeon

Bo-Göran Ericzon
Professor, Transplant Surgeon

Lars Wennberg
Associate Professor,
Transplant Surgeon