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Kidney paired donation

Kidney paired donation (KPD) is a transplant option for candidates who have a living donor who is medically able, but cannot donate a kidney to their intended candidate because they are incompatible (i.e., poorly matched).

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The Kidney Paired Donation Pilot Program

The KPD Pilot Program is part of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). The OPTN is managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) through a contract with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

  • Vision: Every kidney transplant candidate with an incompatible but willing and approved living donor receives a living donor kidney transplant.
  • Mission: Develop a successful KPD program with universal access to all OPTN members that prioritizes the medical and psychosocial safety of living donors and candidates.

The OPTN registers and tracks everyone who registers in the Pilot Program. Transplant center staff enter eligible donor and recipient medical information into UNOS’ computerized system. UNOS works with transplant centers throughout the United States to search for cases where the donor in each pair is compatible with the recipient in another pair (or multiple pairs). By exchanging donors, a compatible match for both recipients can be found.

View the list of transplant centers who currently participate in the OPTN KPD Pilot Program >

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