Working together. Saving lives.

True events inspire new awareness campaign

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.

Learn more
UNOS PSA - Josh's bucketlist


Upcoming events

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October 25 - October 27
Chicago IL
Tue 25

OPTN/UNOS Operations and Safety Committee

October 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu 27

OPTN/UNOS Thoracic Committee Meeting

October 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri 28

OPTN/UNOS Pancreas Committee In-Person Meeting

October 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Nov 07

COIIN Advisory Council Face to Face Meeting

November 7 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nov 07

OPTN/UNOS MPSC Committee meeting

November 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Nov 08

OPTN/UNOS Histocompatibility Committee Meeting

November 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm