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1 million transplants

The U.S. reached a historic milestone in 2022: 1 million transplants

2021: Record-setting streak continues

In brief:

  • 40,000 transplant milestone exceeded for first time
  • Annual records set for kidney, liver and heart transplants
  • Deceased donation continues 11-year record trend

Read the news release.


Annual record trend continues for deceased organ donation, deceased donor transplants

Despite a 50% drop in deceased donor transplantation early in the pandemic, the U.S. system proved its strength and resilience by recovering quickly and continuing to outperform itself.

Read the 2020 news release


Organ donation again sets record

Nearly 11,900 people provided the lifesaving gift of organ donation upon their death last year, making 2019 the ninth consecutive record-breaking year for deceased donation in the United States.

Read the 2019 news release.


Organ transplants in United States set sixth consecutive record

In 2018, the total number of organ transplants exceeded 750,000 performed since 1988, the first full year national transplant data were collected.

Read the 2018 news release.

Continuous improvement

As good as the U.S. organ transplantation system is, it needs to be even better to be able to serve the more than 100,000 people waiting for organs at any given time. UNOS is committed to driving continuous improvement to serve those patients and promote an ongoing increase in organ donation and transplants.

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