Media resources

The United Network for Organ Sharing’s mission is to unite and strengthen the donation and transplant community to save lives. Use these resources to learn more about what we do and how the national transplant system works.

2020: Most lives ever saved by deceased donors. 6% increase in deceased donors over 2019. More than 33,000 life-saving transplants from deceased donors. 10th record year in a row for deceased donation. Based on OPTN data as of 01/11/21. Data subject to change based on future data submission or correction.

The success of our national organ donation and transplant system

2020 sets all-time high for most lives saved by deceased organ donors. Read more.

5 ways to improve the U.S. organ donation and transplant system

A collaborative reform package

Action 1:

Automate real-time donor referral.

Action 2:

Establish better metrics for OPOs and transplant hospitals.

Action 3:

Improve the process of getting the right organ to the right patient at the right time.

Action 4:

Remove disincentives to using older and more complex donors when appropriate.

Action 5:

Enable OPOs to merge or share services to boost their ability to serve hospitals and patients.

COVID-19 information

Find resources, including our data visualization showing high-level national data as well as a list of recorded webinars, and even more on the UNOS COVID-19 page

Insights from UNOS leaders on key issues

Find strategic insights and action plans for the pivotal issues in organ donation and transplantation.

Voices in Transplant

Read UNOS’ Voices in Transplant blog featuring perspectives from the organ donation and transplant community about innovations, improvements and insights that are strengthening the national donation and transplantation system. 

Stories of Hope

Patients share their personal stories of lives changed by organ donation and transplantation.


Access the latest available data on transplantation in the United States, including the current waiting list, survival rates, median waiting times and the number of transplants performed.

Facts about organ donation

Learn about organ, eye and tissue donation

Organ allocation policy

Find all current OPTN policies, including allocation policy for each organ, and access our policy brochures.

Glossary of terms

Understand concepts and terminology used in discussing donation and transplantation.

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