transplant surgery

The Transplant Program at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, is one of the oldest and most successful transplant programs in the world.

50 Years of Firsts

In 1963, Joyce Wallin received a kidney from her twin sister at the University of Minnesota to become the state’s first successful kidney transplant recipient.

In the 50 years since then, our transplant program has helped more than 8,000 kidney transplant patients and completed more than 13,000 organ transplants. Our program is one of the largest and most experienced in the country, and we have an extraordinary legacy of excellence in patient care, surgical outcomes, research and training. We've performed many "world's first" transplantations, including intestinal, allo-islet cell, and pancreas—plus many more "firsts" in the state.

We are proud to look back on 50 years of transplant innovation while moving forward with research and innovation to improve the care of transplant recipients into the future.

Fellowship Program

The Division of Organ Transplantation provides outstanding care and to continue developing new techniques that improve organ transplantation results and to train students, residents, and fellows in this vital surgical field.

Faculty & Administration

Professor and Chief:
William D. Payne, M.D.

Srinath Chinnakotla, M.D.
Bernhard J. Hering, M.D.
Raja Kandaswamy, M.D.
Arthur J. Matas, M.D.
Timothy L. Pruett, M.D.

Associate Professor:
Erik Finger, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor:
Vanessa Humphreville, M.D.
Varvara Kirchner, M.D.

Administrative Contacts

Ann Marie Papas
Division Administrator
612-625-5609 |

  • Vanessa Humphreville, MD
  • Varvara Kirchner, MD
  • Timothy Pruett MD

Ellen Florek
Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
612-626-5182 |

  • Srinath Chinnakotla MD
  • Erik Finger MD, PhD

Stephanie Taylor
Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
612-625-5151 |

  • Raja Kandaswamy MD
  • Arthur Matas MD
  • William Payne MD