Maine Transplant Program

At the Maine Transplant Program at Maine Medical Center, our mission is to provide the best care for patients with irreversible kidney failure and their living donors. As the only transplant program in the state, the Maine Transplant Program has performed more than 1500 kidney transplants since 1971.

We are committed to providing top quality, multidisciplinary, personalized treatment. Our experienced transplant team is made up of nephrologists, surgeons, nurses, lab specialists, pharmacists, nutritionists and social workers. Our dedicated group works closely with the providers who know you best including your referring nephrologist and dialysis unit, to ensure that you have the best outcome.

Why the Maine Transplant Program?

Receiving care closer to home can help ease stress. The Maine Transplant Program provides high  quality care conveniently located in Portland, Maine.

When compared with other programs in the United States, our transplant rate (proportion of referred patients who actually receive transplants) is over twice as high as other programs in our region and our waiting time is less than half. Both of these statistics mean you are likely to receive a transplant faster than other programs in the area.

Our patient and graft survival rates are excellent, with one year patient survival rates at 99% and graft survival rates for the same period at 97% (Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients, December, 2014) For additional information regarding our program performance, please visit the SRTR website.

For living donors, we offer a “fast track” evaluation program that can speed up the evaluation of transplant candidates allowing us make a decision within 6 weeks of the initial visit.

The Maine Transplant Program has enthusiastically embraced Kidney Paired Donation, one of the most exciting developments in recent years permitting matching of incompatible donor and recipient pairs. In addition, our program works closely with patients and their nephrologists to offer transplantation as an alternative to dialysis, and leads other programs in the area in the number of “preemptive” kidney transplants performed.  


The Maine Transplant Program has been at the forefront of both translational and clinical research. As a teaching hospital, many of our physicians serve as faculty who continue to publish scholarly works in a wide variety of peer-reviewed journals. We are very active participants in medical education at every level. You may meet our trainees both in clinic and in the hospital as they learn about kidney disease and transplantation from our expert faculty.

Educational Materials


The Maine Transplant Program provides easy-to-understand information about organ transplant and living donation. These interactive programs can help you learn more becoming a donor and general information on organ transplant surgery.

The programs, created by Emmi Solutions, are developed in partnership with Board certified physicians. *Please note — these programs provide a general overview. Your surgeon may have different requirements, recommendations, and pathways than what is presented.

To view a Video, please click on the links below and complete the registration.

Organ Transplant Overview
Becoming a Donor 


Transplant Program Outcomes

The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) tracks how well transplant programs are performing. This information is available on their website. Here are some highlights from the recent update:

  • Our patient and graft survival is excellent
  • Our transplant rate is twice the regional and national average
  • Our waiting time to transplant is half the regional and national average
  • We also reduced the length of stay in the hospital after transplant by 2/3

If you would like to look at the Maine Transplant Program results, read our Current Patient and Graft Survival Rates.

Kate and Mike's Story

Michael Martel has been on dialysis for 9 years and needed a new kidney. Kate Myhaver wanted to donate a kidney to a friend but it wasn't a match. Despite that, she moved forward being an altruistic donor, someone who gives an kidney to an unknown person, and Michael was the lucky recipient.

Message from Our Director

Our mission is to provide the best care for patients with irreversible kidney failure and their living donors. Read more from our Director, Dr. John Vella.

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Learn About Living Donation

Listen to Dr. Juan Palma, Transplant Surgeon at Maine Transplant Program at Maine Medical Center will discuss the facts around being a living kidney donor.

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