Why Kidney Living Donation?

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.

How to Become a Kidney Donor

The first stage of the living donor process is for the potential donor to call the transplant coordinator. The transplant coordinator will need approximately thirty minutes of your time to complete a telephone interview and discuss the process for donation. This interview includes a medical screening in order to determine if you would be an appropriate candidate to continue to the next stage in the process.

For more information or to speak with our Transplant Coordinator, please call 855-366-7989.

How Can We Help You Today?

Need help? We will be delighted to assist you today, so please call us at 404-778-7777. We look forward to hearing from you.