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The Joslin Diabetes Center

The Transplant Center's longstanding clinical collaboration with Joslin Diabetes Center - the global leader in diabetes research, care and education - helps provide preeminent specialty care to people with diabetes. Together we have established one of the more active pancreas transplant programs in New England. In particular, pancreas after kidney transplantation, with special emphasis on living donor advocacy, is a special area of proficiency at BIDMC.

Transplant Clinic at Joslin

As part of BIDMC's close collaboration with Joslin Diabetes Center, the Transplant Center consults with patients at Joslin who are considering pancreas transplantation. The Transplant Clinic at Joslin is every other month. Patients benefit from the clinical strengths of both institutions, including pre-transplant, inpatient and post-transplant care.

When Transplant is Not an Option

Unfortunately, not all people with type 1 diabetes are candidates for pancreas transplant. Possible barriers to pancreas transplantation include:

  • Obesity
  • Cancer
  • Advanced heart and/or lung disease
  • Active HIV disease
  • Active drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Not enough social support
  • Uncontrolled or untreated psychiatric condition
  • An inability to follow medical instructions
  • Other active illness(es) that would compromise the success of your transplant, such as infection, and limited physical mobility without the likelihood for successful rehabilitation
  • Age over 60 years

For More Information

Your transplant team can answer any questions you have about pancreas transplantation. You can also link to a brochure prepared by the American Society of Transplantation on " Getting a New Pancreas."

Contact Information

Transplant Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building, 7th Floor
110 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215
617-632-9700