The Living Donor Program

Kidney transplantation can improve the length and quality of the recipient's life and strengthen the bond between the recipient and the donor. Donation is an important decision which involves potential benefits and risks. We hope this site will provide information to help you make the right decision for you.

Emory encourages living donor transplants for the following reasons:

  • While most kidneys from deceased donors function well, a kidney from a living donor provides the greatest chance for long-term success.
  • Because patients who receive a kidney from a living donor do not need to wait for a kidney from a deceased organ donor, they can undergo transplantation earlier. Early transplantation improves the survival of the transplanted kidney.
  • Kidneys from living donors have an excellent chance of immediately regaining function after transplantation.

Family members, spouses or friends are eligible for kidney donation. The minimum age for donation is 18 years old. Certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, or a history of cancer may affect a person's ability to donate. The Emory transplant team will evaluate each potential donor very carefully.

The following information is provided to help you understand Emory's living donor process. This process is divided into four phases. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Emory transplant coordinator toll free 1-855-EMORYTX (366-7989).

Living Donor Guide

Living Donor Guide

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