Working together. Saving lives.

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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.

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.

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


At one year anniversary, HOPE Act impact continuing to be assessed

As of November 18, 2016, 19 transplants (13 kidney and six liver transplants) have been performed involving organs from HIV-positive donors for HIV-positive recipients. Thirteen transplant hospitals have enrolled with the OPTN to participate in research studies, and approximately 80 candidates are currently listed to receive organ offers from HIV-positive donors.

Committee continues review of input on liver distribution issues

At its meeting on October 24, 2016, the OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee reviewed substantial feedback from the donation and transplantation community and from the public regarding its recently circulated public comment proposal to revise liver distribution.

Upcoming events

Sun 04

OPTN/UNOS Executive Committee Meeting

December 4
St. Louis MO
Sun 04

UNOS Corporate Affairs Committee

December 4
St. Louis MO
Sun 04
Mon 05

OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors Meeting

December 5 - December 6
St. Louis MO
Tue 13

OPTN/UNOS Histocompatibility Committee Meeting

December 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wed 14

OPTN/UNOS Living Donor Committee Meeting

December 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thu 15

OPTN/UNOS Ethics Committee Meeting

December 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm