Learn more about living organ donation

Living organ donation isn’t as rare as you think. In fact, 47 percent of all transplanted organs in the United States are from living donors.

But there is a great need for living liver donors. More than 15,000 Americans are on the waitlist for a liver transplant, but only 5,000 deceased donor livers are available.

Find out how to register to become an organ donor and get more information on organ donation

Different types of living donation

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3 Types of Living Organ Donation

There are three categories of living organ donation.

Directed donation

The donor specifically chooses who will receive the organ transplant.

Non-directed donation

The donor is neither related to nor known by the person in need. He or she makes the donation out of selfless reasons. The recipient is determined primarily by medical compatibility.

Paired donations (kidney only)

This involves at least two pairs of living kidney donors and transplant candidates who do not have matching blood types. The transplant candidates trade donors, so each recipient receives a kidney from a donor with a compatible blood type.

About Transplant Services

Established in 1981, UPMC Transplant Services is one of the foremost organ transplant centers in the world. Our clinicians have performed more than 20,000 organ transplant procedures, including liver, kidney, pancreas, single and double lung, heart, and more. We are home to some of the world’s foremost transplant experts and have a long history of developing new antirejection therapies—so organ recipients can enjoy better health with fewer restrictions.