Patient Success Stories

The University of Maryland is home to one of the most active pancreas and kidney/pancreas transplant programs in the country. A pancreas transplant is the best option for a long-term cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Here are a few of our patients and their stories.


Pamela Newell, Lynchburg, VA

Pamela Newell was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child and had been enduring daily insulin shots for years. When her kidneys began to fail from her diabetes, she began researching transplant options to support her failing kidneys and cure her diabetes. 

Read Pamela's story.



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Gary Fritz, Littletown, PA

Gary Fritz had been living with a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis for 20 years. Multiple daily injections and blood sugar tests interfered with his normal routines. Gary began falling asleep at work as a heavy equipment operator. His local physician in Littletown, PA referred him to the transplant team at UMMC where he was added to the transplant wait list. Within three months, Gary received a simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant to restore his kidney function and cure him of diabetes forever. The Division of Transplantation at UMMC is one of only a handful of centers to perform simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplants for patients with Type 1 diabetes.

To speak with someone about our services, please call 410-328-5408 or 1-800-492-5538.


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