In response to the shortage of organs for transplantation, relatives, loved ones, friends and even individuals with no prior relationship are serving as living donors for the growing number of people on the national organ transplant waiting list.

A living donor can save and/or greatly improve the quality of life of a transplant candidate. However, you should only make a decision about donating an organ after you are fully informed of the possible risks and benefits.

The free publications below help patients learn more about living donation:

PDF Format Living Donation | Information You Need to Know
PDF Format Donacion en vida | Informacion que usted necesita saber
PDF Format OPTN Kidney Paired Donation Pilot Program

Learn more about living donation

  • Visit the Transplant Living Web site for additional details and resources about living donation. Go >
  • Read additional guidelines, guidance documents and statements about living donation. Go >
  • Use the Member Directory to find a transplant program in your region. Go >
  • Build a data report to display centers that perform various types of living donation. Go >
  • Order a printed copy of "Living Donation: Information You Need to Know," a 12 page resource for potential living donors and transplant candidates. Go >