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Living-Donor Kidney Transplant at UPMC

Approximately 100,000 Americans are on the waitlist for a kidney transplant.

Living-donor kidney transplant:

  • Helps reduce the shortage of organs.
  • Allows people with renal kidney disease to receive a kidney transplant sooner.
  • Saves lives.

What is Living-Donor Kidney Transplant Surgery?

There are two options for kidney transplants: living donors and deceased donors. With some kidney transplants, surgeons remove the organ from a deceased donor. At UPMC, we believe in the power of living donation and consider it a first-line treatment option.

During a living-donor kidney transplant, a surgeon will remove a healthy kidney from a living donor — whether a relative, friend, or stranger — and transplant it into the person with kidney failure.

Thinking of Becoming a Living-Kidney Donor?

UPMC's kidney transplant team works with potential kidney donors and recipients throughout the entire living-donor kidney transplant process.

Before the surgery, we make sure donors can return to living full and active lives with one kidney.

If you're thinking of donating your kidney, find out more:

Virtual Events

UPMC Living Donor Kidney Transplant Champion Workshop

Wednesday, Jan. 27
4 - 5 p.m.
Register here.

Learn More About Living-Donor Kidney Transplant and Organ Donation

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Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

As the nation's first pediatric transplant program, the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has performed more pediatric transplants that any other pediatric center in the United States.


To schedule an evaluation for kidney donation, please complete the above “Register to Become a Living Donor” form, and a member of the transplant team will reach out to you in the near future.