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

Facts

  • 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.
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OPTN/UNOS Policy Oversight Committee

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OPTN/UNOS Region 11 Round table

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