Living Organ Donors
Donating a kidney or part of your liver may be the most deeply meaningful thing you ever do. On average in the U.S., 17 people die every day while waiting for an organ transplant. By giving the unique gift of a living organ, you offer a second chance at life to someone who is struggling to survive.
Scroll down to see how living donation works and how it has changed the lives of donors, recipients and care teams at UCSF. If you have questions, please email us at [email protected].
Take the first step
Learn about becoming a living donor
Why donate a kidney or part of your liver to a stranger?
Donating a kidney or part of your liver to someone you don't know is a generous and lifesaving act. Thousands of people in the U.S. are waiting for organs, but there simply are not enough to fill the need. Your donation can help alleviate this life-threatening shortage.
When you donate a kidney, your remaining kidney grows larger and takes over the work of two kidneys. When you donate part of your liver, what remains naturally grows back to its normal size and function within a couple of months. For your recipient, receiving an organ from a living donor speeds up the process, dramatically improving their chances for a successful transplant.
Get inspired and find out more about living organ donation at UCSF in the "patient's perspective" section, below.
The patient's perspective
A chain often starts when someone off the street says, "I want to donate my kidney to somebody."
For much of the Bay Area, June 4, 2015, was a day to root for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. But a different sort of drama was unfolding at UCSF Medical Center and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), where medical teams embarked on a kidney transplant chain involving nine transplants and 18 people, started by a good Samaritan donor.Read More
Awards & recognition
Rated high-performing hospital for acute kidney failure
Best in Northern California in gastroenterology & GI surgery
More than 390 living donor liver transplants performed by UCSF
More than 3,000 living donor kidney transplants performed by UCSF