Transplant trends

At a glance

113,240
people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list candidates). Of those, 73,922 people are active waiting list candidates. Totals as of today 8:57pm EST
33,175
transplants performed this year
Total Transplants January - October 2019 as of 11/10/2019
15,959
donors
Total Donors January - October 2019 as of 11/10/2019

*Active candidates are currently suitable for transplantation and eligible to receive organ offers

2018: More transplants than ever

Thanks to the gift of life from organ donors and their families, the number of donors and transplants performed in the United States are at all-time highs.

More than 36,500 transplants.* Sixth consecutive record breaking year.

Nearly 6,900* living donor transplants in 2018. Highest total since 2005.

There were more than 10,700 deceased donors in 2018. Eighth consecutive record breaking year.

See thought-provoking data takeaways that help put trends, policy, and improvement projects in focus.

2018 transplants by organ type

kidney icon
Kidney
21,167
liver icon
Liver
8,250
heart icon
Heart
3,408
lung icon
Lung
2,530
kidney pancreas icon
Kidney/ Pancreas
836
pancreas icon
Pancreas
192
intestine icon
Intestine
104
heart - lung icon
Heart/lung
32
vca icon
Vascular allograft (VCA)
11

*Based on OPTN data as of Jan. 8, 2019. Data subject to change based on future data submission or correction.

Detailed data

View the latest data about the status of U.S. organ donation and transplantation by UNOS region of center, by state of center and individual transplant centers.

While 2018 was a record-breaking year, the need for organ donors is immense. On average, 18 patients died every day waiting for a transplant in 2017.

* More than 6,500 candidates died in 2017 while on the wait list, or within 30 days of leaving the list for personal or medical reasons, without receiving an organ transplant.

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