NEWS | January 14, 2014

UC Davis Transplant Center opens Fresno location


The UC Davis Transplant Center — one of the nation’s premier transplant programs — has opened a new clinic in Fresno to expand access to kidney and pancreas transplant care in Central California.

The clinic provides pre- and post-transplant medical evaluations for recipients and kidney donors. Transplant surgery will continue to be provided at the center’s main location at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

The Fresno clinic is located at 1189 East Herndon Avenue and will be open one day per month. The number of clinic days will increase based on patient need. To arrange for a referral or schedule an evaluation, call toll free 1-800-821-9912.

Fresno is the largest city in California without a transplant center within 25 miles, yet about 17 percent of California’s kidney transplant patients are in the Fresno region. One of the closest centers is at UC Davis Medical Center, which is about 170 miles away.

“We wanted to reduce that travel time as much as possible for patients and their families,” said Luke Preczewski, executive director of the transplant program.

In addition to Sacramento and Fresno, the transplant center operates clinics in Chico, Merced, Modesto, Redding. Reno and Walnut Creek.

UC Davis surgeons performed 339 kidney transplants in 2013, making it by volume the second-largest program in the nation. According to 2012 data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, UC Davis offers the shortest average adult kidney transplant wait time (37.2 months) of any California hospital.

For information about the UC Davis Transplant Center, visit

UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. The medical center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through an award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care.