Chandraprakash Umapathy, MDGastroenterology
Christine Toth, MDNephrology
Elizabeth Thomas, DOTransplant
Participate in research studies to help provide better care for patients before, during and after receiving an organ transplant at University Health.
How Research Helps
Take part in clinical research and trials to learn new ways to prevent diseases, develop new medications, treat people and more. Research studies help restore transplant patients to a better quality of life to thrive and survive with their new organs.
Why Join Us
When you enroll in a research study at University Health, you’ll work with faculty and national staff leaders in their field. Medical research advances would not happen without our dedicated scientists, doctors and contributors like you.
Our robust clinical research program continues to help build the future of organ transplantation. Scientists create breakthroughs, and doctors test advancements that can save lives.
Conducting local and national studies ensures the development of top-quality patient care using the most current treatments for transplant patients at University Health. This delivers high success rates and excellent outcomes to a large number of our transplant patients.
Collaboration and research with UT Health San Antonio for more than 40 years provides a strong academic partnership. Accomplished doctors and researchers from both organizations study and develop new treatments and technologies.
You and other Texans benefit from access to lifesaving medicine made possible through our combined efforts.
- Enhanced outcomes for organ transplant recipients
- Improved transplant surgical techniques
- New anti-rejection medications (immunosuppressive medications)
- Treatments for kidney, liver and lung diseases that cause patients to need an organ transplant
Collaboration and research with UT Health San Antonio for over 40 years provides a strong partnership. You and other Texans benefit from access to lifesaving medicine made possible through our combined efforts.
Patient Research Volunteers
After your transplant, a research nurse at University Health Transplant Institute may contact you to ask about voluntary participation in one of our studies.
Patient Tissue Bank Donations
Collecting tissue from patients supports future kidney and liver disease research. Donations are voluntary. Tissue donations are usually taken from excess tissue removed during transplants or resections.
You also may choose to have a small portion of the new donor kidney collected for our tissue bank before it’s transplanted. Future kidney disease research may use your tissue sample.