Living Donor Organ Transplantation

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Portrait taken outdoors of Sanjay Kulkarni, MD, medical director of the Center for Living Donors at Yale New Haven Health

Credit: Robert A. Lisak

Most kidneys and livers used in transplantation come from deceased donors, but this approach doesn’t provide enough organs for all the people who need them. More than 113,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ. Many of them will wait years for a life-saving organ transplant. That’s why it’s essential to increase the number of liver and kidney donations from people who are alive.

You can save a life and gain a wonderful sense of satisfaction by becoming a living organ donor.

“Our philosophy is that people should be as healthy after donating a kidney as before,” says Sanjay Kulkarni, MD, medical director of Yale Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital Center for Living Organ Donors at Yale New Haven Health. The center builds support communities for donors and is a pioneer in providing free, lifelong local medical monitoring for any issues that may arise related to their organ donation.