Working together. Saving lives.
Our mission is to advance organ availability and transplantation to support patients through education, technology and policy development.
How organ matching works
When a patient is “added to the list,” a transplant hospital adds a patient’s medical information into UNOS’ computer system. When a deceased organ donor is identified, UNOS’ computer system generates a ranked list of transplant candidates, or “matches”, based on blood type, tissue type, medical urgency, waiting time, expected benefit, geography and other medical criteria.
- You can be a donor at any age.
- Celebrity or financial status are not factors in getting a transplant.
- Donation is possible with many medical conditions.
- All major religions approve of organ and tissue donation.
- A national computer system and strict standards are in place to ensure ethical and fair distribution of organs.
- A healthy person can become a living donor by donating a kidney, or a part of the liver, lung, intestine, blood or bone marrow.
- Learn more organ donation facts.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) honors the life and of legacy Gene Pierce, UNOS’ founder and original executive director, who has passed away at the age of 88.
The UNOS Organ Center is actively supporting the transplant hospitals and organ procurement organizations in the areas being impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Since July 1982, the UNOS Organ Center has been working every hour of the day and night to help make transplants happen.