About Texas Transplant Specialists
As of June 4, 2021, Phillip Habib, MD is no longer practicing at Texas Transplant Specialists. The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant team is still here to serve you, with Drs. Michael Kwan and Chandra Kunavarapu, Nurse Practitioners Steven Rodriguez and Rachel Lai, and our newest addition, Nurse Practitioner Alexis Wahlen.
Your confidential medical records and health information will be maintained at the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Center, located at 4499 Medical Drive, Suite 166, San Antonio, TX 78229. Should you choose to pick up a copy of your medical records yourself, there will be a minimal charge associated.
Providers at Texas Transplant Specialists serve patients throughout San Antonio and South Texas with any and all of their transplant needs.
Working with Methodist Healthcare, we became the first organization in the U.S. to establish a comprehensive transplant program that combines both adult solid organ and adult and pediatric stem cell transplant programs. Now, the programs have grown to become a top choice for people from all over the world. We have assembled a team of world-class physicians, nurses, administrators and coordinators with vast experience in the field of transplantation.
Texas Transplant Specialists takes a collaborative approach to treating a variety of transplant needs for our patients. Specifically, our board certified specialists provide expertise in adult and pediatric blood and marrow transplant, abdominal organ transplant (liver, kidney and pancreas), and advanced heart failure and transplant.
Texas Transplant Specialists focus on the following transplant specialties: Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant, Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant, Abdominal Organ Transplant (Liver, Kidney and Pancreas), and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant.
Adult blood and marrow transplant
Also sometimes referred to as a stem cell transplant, a bone marrow / blood and marrow transplant is a procedure that takes unhealthy, blood-forming marrow cells and replaces them with healthy ones. A bone marrow transplant may be performed using stem cells from the patient's body or from a donor. As part of the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Research Network, our providers are committed to bringing patients new and innovative treatment options. Learn more about adult blood and marrow transplant.
Pediatric blood and marrow transplant
While the general concept of pediatric and adult blood and marrow transplants may be the same—replacing unhealthy cells with healthy ones—the age of the patient brings more challenges. In addition to our compassionate physicians, our patient support services team provides comprehensive support for patients and their parents every step of the way. From diagnosis to recovery, our team includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, pediatric pharmacists, case managers, social workers, child life specialists and more. Our program includes both inpatient and outpatient clinics, allowing us to follow your child through their young adult years. Learn more about adult blood and marrow transplant.
Abdominal organ transplant (kidney, liver and pancreas)
Methodist Healthcare has grown to become a top choice for people from all over the world, due to our vast experience in the field of transplantation. Our abdominal organ transplant services—for kidney, live and pancreas—are primarily carried out at Methodist Hospital Specialty and Transplant. Learn more about each abdominal organ transplant area below.
- Kidney transplant program: Methodist Healthcare offers the most comprehensive kidney transplant services in San Antonio and the state of Texas. We have performed more than 4,700 kidney transplants, making our program one of the nation’s top transplant programs. We lead the country in live kidney donor operations with over 2,500 total operations performed to date.
- Liver transplant program: As one of the top programs in the country for transplantation, hepatology and liver disease care, we have performed over 700 transplants since 2001. We have the Best in the Nation patient survival rate at three years at 95.61%. In addition to our transplant services in San Antonio, we offer services at five outreach clinics throughout the state.
- Pancreas transplant program: With more than 100 pancreas transplants and combination kidney-pancreas transplants performed, Methodist Healthcare has the most preferred program in Texas. Pancreas transplant patients are cared for by the same team that serves our kidney transplant program.
Advanced heart failure and transplant
Our Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Program not only provides heart transplants for patients with heart failure, but offers education and support services to ensure a healthy life post-transplant. We offer cardiac rehabilitation services and provide patients with the proper tools to maintain a healthy diet and build an exercise plan.