UNOS Organ Center

The F.M. Kirby Foundation Organ Center

In continuous operation for nearly four decades, the F.M. Kirby Foundation Organ Center has been described as the “heart” of UNOS.

Like a beating heart, it’s always at work—days, nights, weekends, holidays, during inclement weather and even national disasters—saving lives by coordinating with partners across the nation to match donors with patients on the transplant waiting list.

When requested, the Organ Center collaborates with organ procurement organizations, transplant hospitals and others to:

  • Assist in placing donated organs (primarily kidneys) for transplantation.
  • Assist in gathering donor information and running the donor/recipient computer matching process.
  • Respond to requests for support in transporting organs and tissues for transplantation.
  • Act as a resource to the transplant community regarding organ-sharing policies.
Organ center employee taking a call

Meet the OC team

Melissa LaneOrgan Center director Melissa Lane joined the Organ Center as an organ placement specialist in 2003, taking on increasing responsibility as a manager and then as acting director before becoming director in 2021. Lane provides expertise to all aspects of Organ Center oversight, assisting callers and placement specialists with questions or issues. She also maintains the Organ Center’s quality assurance efforts, and schedules the Organ Center’s round-the-clock staff.

Learn how the team works hand in hand with OPOs and transplant centers to place organs every day, around the clock.

In 2020, the Organ Center received more than 66,000 phone calls.

UNOS organ center team members work around the clock to help placed donated organs

Video

A few minutes saved can make the difference

Previous Organ Center director and current director of Policy and Communications Roger Brown talks about how Organ Center team members improve processes in order to increase transplants.

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