Kidney Transplant Services - East Coast Renal Services

How we can help you

Our service helps you if you have advanced kidney disease and need a kidney transplant. A kidney transplant is a surgery to place a healthy kidney from a living or deceased person into a person whose kidney is no longer working properly.

We perform over 50 kidney transplants a year at Prince of Wales Hospital. Before and after the procedure people are cared for by their local Hospital either St George Hospital, Wollongong Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital or St Vincent’s Hospital.

Our services include:

  • assessing whether a transplant is a suitable treatment for you
  • assessing those who want to donate a kidney
  • providing education to donors and recipients and their families
  • biopsy and transplant pathology
  • telephone or videoconference services
  • yearly follow up of transplant recipients.

Our Transplant service is one of the oldest in Australia and performed the first kidney transplant in NSW on 5 August 1965 - this was only the second successful kidney transplant in Australia.

Our transplant team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and a dietician. Our team will explain what kidney transplant options are available, what is involved in a kidney transplant and can help you decide what option is best for you.

Our specialists

Director of East Coast Transplant Service


Dr Karen Keung


Transplant Physician

Dr Mangalee Fernando


Transplant Physician

Dr Grant Luxton


Transplant Physician

Dr Kenneth Yong


Transplant Physician

Dr Sara Stoler

MBBCh, FCP(SA) MMED, Cert Neph (SA) Phys, FRACP


Our Transplant Coordinators

Denise Lawrence

Phone: 9382 4437

Hayley Pippard

Phone: 9382 4443


Patients with chronic kidney disease are eligible for transplant assessment. There is a kidney transplant waiting list. Your Nephrologist will arrange for you to have many tests to see if a transplant is a suitable treatment for you.

When you get on the transplant list, you can expect to wait at least 3 – 5 years for a transplant. You will need to have regular tests and keep healthy during this time. You need to make sure we can contact you at all times.

Our doctor will call you and ask you questions. If the Doctor is happy to proceed they will ask you to go to Prince of Wales Hospital for your transplant. Most patients stay in hospital for 5 – 14 days. When you leave Hospital, you will have a schedule of regular follow up appointments which are essential to attend.

We are a teaching hospital and you may be asked to be involved in research or for a student to be present at your appointment. You have a right to say no. If you do so, this will not impact in any way on the services we will provide.

Please let us know if you need an interpreter. You can contact us telephoning the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. Tell the operator what language you speak and then ask the interpreter to set up a telephone conversation between you, an interpreter, and the healthcare professional you want to speak with.