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Living Donor Program

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What we do​

We achieve excellent res​ults for our recipients and donors. Our living kidney and living liver donor programs care for people who would like to donate a kidney or a piece of their liver to a person with end stage kidney or liver disease.

Our programs:

  • Assess and test donors to see if they can donate
  • Educate donors about the transplant process
  • Provide exceptional patient care at all stages of the transplant journey

 

We are located at the Toronto General Hospital, Munk Building 12th Floor.

About Donation​​

What is a living donation​?​

A 'living donation' happens when a person who is alive gives either a kidney or a part of their liver to someone with end-stage kidney or liver disease.

Who can be a living donor?

A living kidney or liver donor could be a spouse, family member, friend, co-worker or stranger.

Donors must be:

  • Older than 16 years of age
  • A healthy weight for their height
  • In good health without diabetes, cancer, kidney or heart disease
  • Willing to freely donate​
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How do I become a living kidney or liver donor?

  1. Complete Kidney Donor Health History Form or Liver Donor Health History Form​
  2. Submit the completed form in person, by email, mail or fax. All contact information is on the form.
  3. Our Living Kidney or Liver Donor Assessment Office will call you once we have reviewed your health history form.

If you wish to become a living liver donor please attach a copy of your blood type with your donor health history form, either through a letter from your family doctor or a blood donor card.

kidney icon Living Kidney Donor Program

If you are interested in becoming a living donor, our assessment office will guide you through the process. It starts with a simple conversation with one of our transplant coordinators. They can be reached at 416 340 4577 or Julie.Cissell@uhn.ca​.

liver icon Living Liver Donor Program​

If you are interested in becoming a living donor, our assessment office will guide you through the process. It starts with a simple conversation with one of our transplant team members. They can be reached at
​416 340 4800 ext. 6581​

How do I ask someone to become a donor on my behalf?
If you are interested in finding a living donor, our kidney and liver donor assessment offices will guide you through the process. It starts with a simple conversation with one of our transplant coordinators.


Living Kidney Transplant Coordinator
Phone: 416 340 4577
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm ​

Living Liver Transplant Coordinator
Phone: 416 340 4800 ext. 6581
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm ​

Social Media and You
Waiting for a transplant? Read our social media guidelines before seeking out a living donor.

           

Need a Kidney Transplant?

​Whether you have just been diagnosed with end stage kidney disease or you are currently on dialysis. You have the option of considering a kidney transplant. Learn more about its advantages and why it is the best option for treating end stage kidney disease in the video below.

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WHY LIVING DONATION MATTERS: our success stories

Our patients talk about their experiences and the impact of live donation.

Image of Reid lifting weights Triple transplant teen doing well after ​surgery. Read the story »​
Image of the three speakers at the Living Donor Event Thank you to our living organ donors. Read the story »
Image of Carolyn (left) and Annemieke (right) Giving the gift of life to a stranger. Read the story​ »​
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