Transplant trends

At a glance

112,137
people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list candidates). Of those, 72,664 people are active waiting list candidates. Totals as of today 5:08am EST

39,717

Total Transplants January 2019 – December 2019 as of 01/12/2020

1,680
donors
Total Donors January - January 2020 as of 02/23/2020

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

2019: 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.

Nearly 40,000 transplants.* Seventh consecutive record breaking year.

There were nearly 7,400* living donor transplants in 2019, an all-time new record.

There were nearly 11,900 deceased donors in 2019. Ninth consecutive record breaking year.

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

2019 transplants by organ type

kidney icon
Kidney
23,401
liver icon
Liver
8,896
heart icon
Heart
3,551
lung icon
Lung
2,714
kidney pancreas icon
Kidney/ Pancreas
872
pancreas icon
Pancreas
143
intestine icon
Intestine
81
heart - lung icon
Heart/lung
45
vca icon
Vascular allograft (VCA)
14

*Based on OPTN data as of Jan. 7, 2020. 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 2019 was a record-breaking year, the need for organ donors is immense. On average, 17 patients died every day waiting for a transplant in 2018.

* More than 6,200 candidates died in 2018 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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