Who Can Donate a Kidney?

At UPMC, we honor those with an unselfish reason for wanting to help a loved one or stranger by donating a kidney.

Living-donors can include:

  • Family members, blood- or emotionally-related
  • Spouses
  • Friends
  • Neighbors
  • Coworkers

Living-Donor Kidney Surgery Eligibility

Potential living kidney donors should:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 65
  • Be in good general health and have no history of:
    • Heart disease
    • Liver disease, including cirrhosis and hepatitis B and C
    • Diabetes
    • HIV
    • Cancers or other diseases that could complicate the surgery

Become a Kidney Donor

If you'd like more information about becoming a kidney donor, call toll-free 1-877-640-6746 or contact a UPMC living-donor kidney transplant nurse coordinator at:

  • 412-647-5647
  • 412-647-5489
  • 412-647-5512

To schedule an evaluation for living-kidney donation, please complete the above “Can I be a donor?” form and submit to transplant@upmc.edu, and a member of the kidney transplant team will reach out to you in the near future.

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