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​Living-Donor Kidney Transplant

Currently, more than 96,000 Americans are on the waitlist for a kidney transplant.

Living-donor kidney transplant can help overcome the shortage of organs and save lives, while allowing patients to receive a kidney transplant sooner.

What is Living-Donor Kidney Transplant Surgery?

In the majority of kidney transplants, surgeons take the organ from a deceased-donor.

Living-donor kidney transplant is an option where a transplant surgeon will take a healthy kidney from a living person — whether a relative, a friend, co-worker, or neighbor — and transplant it into the recipient to compensate for the failing kidney.

Interested in Becoming a Living-Kidney Donor?

UPMC's dedicated kidney transplant team works with potential kidney donors and recipients throughout the entire process. Prior to the operation, we make sure donors can return to living full and active lives with one kidney.

Learn more about living-donation

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, and a member of the kidney transplant team will reach out to you in the near future.

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