Working together. Saving lives.

Mother-daughter time made possible by the gift of an organ transplant.

Brother-sister time made possible by the gift of life.

Day on the lake made possible by the gift of an organ transplant.

Partnership made possible by the gift of an organ transplant.

Organ donation advocates made possible by the gift of life.

This game made possible by a lifesaving organ transplant.

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.

Learn more about how organ matching works


  • 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.
UNOS Primer - October 24-25, 2016 - Richmond, VA

UNOS Primer

October 24-25, 2016

The UNOS Primer is a popular annual conference designed to provide specialized training and education to transplant center and organ procurement organization professionals across the nation.

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UNOS honored for innovation in technology

The Richmond Technology Council (RichTech) honored UNOS with an Innovation in Development Award for its recent launch of a data portal that provides organ donation and transplant professionals nationwide with timely and convenient access to critical information and data.