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Walter Reed Offers Transplant Program

The Organ Transplant Service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda is the only United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)-certified transplant center in the Department of Defense health care system. Eligible patients include all TRICARE beneficiaries as well as Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) patients enrolled at the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center.

UNOS encourages patients with end-stage organ disease to list in more than one region at the same time. This process allows eligible patients to be listed at a transplant center close to home in addition to Walter Reed, increasing chances for organ availability. Patients can be referred to Walter Reed from anywhere in the country or from overseas.  The average wait time at Walter Reed for a kidney transplant is lower than the national average (  

With more than 40 years of experience, Walter Reed provides organ transplant services to all beneficiaries with end-stage organ disease. In addition to kidney transplant services performed at the new Walter Reed facility, Walter Reed collaborates with the University of Maryland in Baltimore for liver and pancreas transplant and Georgetown University for pediatric transplant services.

The Organ Transplant Service can be reached at 1-301-295-4331 or at to assist with the evaluation and treatment of end-stage organ disease.


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