Transplant Surgery

James D. Eason, M.D., Division Chief

The Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in conjunction with the University of Tennessee has been a leader in transplantation services since 1970 and is nationally recognized for excellence in research, innovation and patient care. Our surgeons perform more than 220 transplants each year which ranks the UT/Methodist center among the nation's top programs in the number of transplants performed.

The University of Tennessee's transplant surgeons, physicians, nurses, dietitians and other medical professionals are dedicated to improving the quality of life for their patients. Individually, the team members are among the most experienced and respected medical professionals in the country, having developed and refined many advanced medical and surgical procedures. Together, they provide a unique resource for patients and physicians who require comprehensive, state-of-the-art care to manage complications of liver, kidney, and pancreas disorders.

Under the leadership of James D. Eason, MD, FACS, the Transplant Institute has seen an expansion in the depth and quality of services in the last few years. In 2010 the program performed over 120 liver transplants. The surgeons and physicians here also have the nation's largest experience in steroid-free immunosuppression protocols which aim to reduce side effects and improve outcomes in the post transplant period. In addition, we have become the primary center in the Mid-South region in surgery of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas including many minimally invasive techniques which decrease patient discomfort and recovery time. Our laparoscopic live-donor kidney program has expanded opportunities for our kidney patients to receive high quality organs much more quickly than being on the waiting list while at the same time putting the donors at decreased risk for discomfort.

We are continually committed to improving quality outcomes and are actively involved in clinical research efforts in the field of transplantation. The program's one year patient survival is >90% for liver transplants which exceeds the national average. Overall, the many team members here offer our patients comprehensive, compassionate care throughout the transplant process.