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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

Potential kidney donor?

Informed consent materials: These will help you understand the process of becoming a living kidney donor.

Our confidential questionnaire: This will get you started on the evaluation process for becoming a living kidney donor.

Potential liver donor?

Informed consent materials: These will help you understand the process of becoming a living liver donor.

Our confidential questionnaire: This will get you started on the evaluation process for becoming a living liver donor.

Learn about becoming a living donor

Becoming a Living Kidney Donor

Find out why living donors choose to donate a kidney to someone in need, what the surgery is like, who's eligible, how to be considered, and much more.

Becoming a Living Liver Donor

Find out why living donors choose to donate part of their liver to someone in need, what surgery is like, who's eligible, how to be considered, and much more.

Webinars: Living organ donation

Watch the webinar

COVID-19 and Living Donation

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.

Patient stories

A living donor's story: So fulfilling, he did it twice

Jason McCluney is one of the handful of living donors who've given more than one organ. It all began with a simple conversation.

Good Samaritan donor starts record-breaking transplant chain

Reid Moran-Haywood's kidney donation sparked a transplant chain that spanned two hospitals and saved nine lives.

"I'll throw my hat in the ring"

Amy Baghdadi was running out of treatment options for her liver cancer when a family friend made an incredible offer. "It was a surgery for me, and it was life for Amy," says donor Olivia Lemen.

Giving liberates the soul of the giver. – Maya Angelou

Meet our providers

Hear from our providers about how they center the needs of patients and families in their work.

Dr. Nancy Ascher, organ transplant surgeon and kidney donor

Sandy Weinberg, living donor advocate

Explore what we do

Marathon highlights need for living donors

Runners who have received kidney transplants and those still awaiting their match participated in a marathon/5K race – part of a UCSF-supported effort to raise awareness.

Awards & recognition

  • Rated high-performing hospital for acute kidney failure

  • One of the nation's best 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

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