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.
Meet the OC team
Organ 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 hospitals to place organs every day, around the clock.
In 2021, the Organ Center received more than 87,600 phone calls.
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.