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Transplant Center

At Prisma Health’s Transplant Center, you’ll find a team led by physicians with a combined 45 years of experience caring for transplant patients. We provide exceptional support and coordinated care before, during and after your transplant.

Transforming lives

Prisma Health has launched a solid organ transplantation program, starting with kidney transplants, in response to the rising need in our community. By offering transplants close to home, we can ensure high quality healthcare while easing the travel burden felt by patients and families.

Kidney transplant

In the United States, more than 119,000 people currently are on the organ transplant list with more than 99,000 of those waiting for kidney transplants, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). In South Carolina, there were 277 kidney transplants in 2019, up from 234 in 2018 – more than a 18% increase – according to OPTN.

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Our expertise

Transplant surgery specialist Todd Merchen, MD, is leading the program along with transplant nephrologist Keith Superdock, MD. Dr. Merchen has expertise in kidney and pancreas transplantation, living donor kidney surgery, liver and pancreas surgery and dialysis access procedures. Dr. Superdock’s expertise is in managing unique kidney-disease needs of those receiving kidney transplants. This will be the second kidney transplant program he has helped launch.

Todd Merchen, MD

Todd Merchen, MD
Director, Prisma Health Transplant Center
Chief of Solid Organ Transplant Surgery
Associate Professor, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville


Keith Superdock, MD

Keith Superdock, MD
Co-Director, Prisma Health Transplant Center
Chief of Solid Organ Transplant Medicine
Professor, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville


Performing transplant surgery

Other transplant services offered by Prisma Health

Prisma Health is currently a recognized leader in bone marrow transplant. Our nationally accredited Blood and Marrow Transplant Program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.

Since its beginnings in 1992, the program has performed more than 1,100 transplants with survival and disease-free rates that are comparable to other nationally recognized programs.

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By the numbers

Why is a solid organ transplantation program needed?

119k

119,000 people are on the organ transplant list in the U.S.

30%

30% of all South Carolinians needing kidney transplants left the state for their care in 2017

277

277 kidney transplants were conducted in South Carolina in 2019, a 18% increase from the year before

33%

33% of all South Carolina donated organs were sent to patients in other states (July 1, 2018–June 30,2019)