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U.S. transplant records broken fourth year in a row

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Working together. Saving lives.

Our mission is to advance organ availability and transplantation to support patients through education, technology and policy development.

How organ matching works

Understand the basic path to donation

When a patient is “added to the list,” a transplant hospital adds a patient’s medical information into UNOS’ computer system. When a deceased organ donor is identified, UNOS’ computer system generates a ranked list of transplant candidates, or “matches”, based on blood type, tissue type, medical urgency, waiting time, expected benefit, geography and other medical criteria.

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  • You can be a donor at any age.
  • Celebrity or financial status are not factors in getting a transplant.
  • Donation is possible with many medical conditions.
  • All major religions approve of organ and tissue donation.
  • A national computer system and strict standards are in place to ensure ethical and fair distribution of organs.
  • A healthy person can become a living donor by donating a kidney, or a part of the liver, lung, intestine, blood or bone marrow.
  • Learn more organ donation facts.

Bucket list accomplished

Even though Josh’s life was cut tragically short, his organs helped save several others. Thanks to a lifesaving heart transplant, one recipient uses his second chance at life to complete the bucket list Josh left behind.

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UNOS PSA - Josh's bucketlist


U.S. organ transplants, deceased donors set record in 2016

Organ transplants performed in the United States in 2016 reached a new record high for the fourth consecutive year, according to preliminary data from United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). For the year, 33,606 transplants were reported, representing an 8.5 percent increase over the 2015 total and an increase of 19.8 percent since 2012.

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January 24 @ 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
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OPTN/UNOS Minority Affairs Committee Meeting

January 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue 31

University of Virginia Job and Internship Fair

January 31 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Charlottesville VA
Feb 01

Spring Career and Graduate School Fair

February 1 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Newport News VA
Feb 02

OPTN/UNOS Operations and Safety Committee Meeting

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Feb 03

OPTN/UNOS Region 7 Meeting

February 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm