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Welcome to the largest kidney transplant program in Canada.
Our team is dedicated to helping patients through every stage of a successful transplant, offering transplant services to patients with even the most complex medical conditions.
We are also home to Canada's largest kidney living donor program, providing exceptional patient care and achieving excellent
results for recipients and donors.
Watch our video to learn more about what to expect when you visit our program
Do you have a question about our transplant services?Contact us, to learn more about how to get a kidney transplant or how to become a living donor.
Please note that given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, answers to the questions below may change. If you can’t find an answer to your question below, please email
I was in assessment when the program was paused, when will testing start again?
We are moving forward with completing recipient candidate workups put on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be contacted by the recipient team.
Is it safe for me to come to the hospital?
Yes. UHN has implemented all safety precautions and has measures in place to screen all patients, staff and accepted visitors entering our sites for symptoms of COVID-19, providing masks for all staff, clinic patients and essential visitors and pre-screening for COVID-19 for all kidney transplant recipients.
Will I have to come to the hospital once testing resumes?
Yes. UHN will continue to offer virtual visits when safe and appropriate to do so, but, in some circumstances, you will be required to attend in person.
Are transplant candidates at higher risk for COVID-19?
At this time, it is unclear whether kidney transplant candidates are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. However, we do know that kidney transplant candidates are more likely to suffer severe complications related to COVID-19 once it has been contracted. Therefore, it is very important for transplant candidates and anyone living with them to follow physical distancing rules, practice good hand hygiene, avoid touching your face, keep all surfaces in your home clean and wear a mask when in public.
Are transplant recipients at higher risk for COVID-19? Should I wait until after the pandemic to get my transplant?
The risk of getting COVID-19 from organ donation is very low. All donors are screened for COVID-19 symptoms and travel history. Living donors who have been to high risk areas are generally not being allowed to donate for 14 days after returning. Also, living donors are being asked not to travel to high risk areas for at least 14 days before donation and to monitor for symptoms.
Has the living donor kidney transplant program started up again?
Yes, the program is slowly increasing activities. Please visit the
Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Transplant Centre for more information.
My surgery was cancelled, when will I get a new date?
As we slowly reintroduce our services, the number of surgeries we can perform will gradually increase according to available resources and capacity. Please keep in mind that we are taking a phased approach to reintroduce our services, it is possible that we may experience service interruptions again in the future if COVID-19 resurges. Your care team will be in touch as soon as a date is available. We thank you for your ongoing patience and cooperation.
Are potential living kidney donors being tested to ensure that they do not have COVID-19 prior to donating?
Yes. All donors are tested for COVID-19 and asked to self-isolate 14 days prior to surgery. Also, living donors are being asked not to travel to high risk areas for at least 14 days before donation and to monitor for symptoms.
Please note that given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, answers to the questions below may change. If you have a question about living kidney donation, please email
Has the kidney transplant program started up again?
We are gradually increasing activities such as donor and recipient assessments. We are currently completing living donor kidney transplants that were postponed in March and April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I was in the process of being assessed as a living kidney donor when kidney transplant activity was paused. When can I continue with my assessment?
We are moving forward with completing living donor candidate workups put on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be contacted by the donor team.
Yes. UHN will continue to offer virtual visits when safe and appropriate to do so but, in some circumstances, you will be required to attend in person.
Is it safe to come to the hospital?
I submitted my application right before the program was paused. When will my application be processed?
All of the donors who submitted a donor health questionnaire have been contacted. If you have not been contacted, please call Susan Brain at 416 340 4800 ext. 7568.
When will the kidney program contact me to begin testing?
We are now receiving and reviewing new donor health questionnaires.
Has COVID-19 affected the time-frame for donor testing?
The donor evaluation typically takes 6 months on average to complete. Since kidney transplant surgeries were put on hold earlier this year due to COVID-19, we suspect the process from submitting the health history form to being cleared for donation will take longer than the average time prior to COVID-19.
Will the surgery put me at risk for COVID-19?
The hospital has taken all precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure to patients admitted to the Transplant units. This includes COVID-19 testing of all living donor candidates and recipients at the time of admission, ensuring transplant recipients and living donors are not on the same ward as patients with COVID-19, and vigilant cleaning and disinfection measures. We have also implemented additional precautions practiced by all health care staff including physical distancing measures (at least 2 metres distance), reminders of hand hygiene, and a universal masking policy are in place.
I’m outside of Canada, can I still apply to be a living kidney donor at this time?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept applicants from outside of Canada at this time.
I have already donated one of my kidneys – does this put me at greater risk for COVID-19?
No. Being a living donor does not put you at greater risk than the general population of getting COVID-19.
How are transplant candidates being prioritized? Are pediatric candidates being prioritized?
As the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, it is important to note that UHN is not returning to business as usual, and will reintroduce services in a way that balances patient needs, public health measures to support staff and patient safety, and ensures there is reserved capacity for any potential surge in COVID-19 patients. At this time, the number of time slots available for living donor kidney transplants will be less than before the pandemic started. We thank you for your ongoing patience and cooperation as we reintroduce our services under these new circumstances.
Why were living donor kidney transplants cancelled, but living donor liver transplants were not?
Unlike kidney patients who have access to life-saving dialysis treatment, liver patients are at risk of imminent death if they do not get a liver transplant. This risk must be weighed against the risk of COVID-19 and its complications.
I live out of province. Do I still have to come to Toronto for assessment given the COVID-19 situation and travel recommendations?
At this time, we are only assessing potential donors that were undergoing evaluation prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you were in evaluation prior to the pandemic and are out of province, your coordinator will contact you about the details of your assessment. Provincial guidelines may affect when and if donors can travel to Ontario.
Please note: Donors coming from another province are required to self-isolate for 14 days prior to their living donor surgery with the exception of appointments needed for their workup (provided they are asymptomatic).
Donors coming from outside of Canada need to self-isolate for 14 days prior to any appointments or surgery at Toronto General Hospital.
Is the kidney paired donation program running at this time?
At this time, we are only considering Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) chains that involve local recipients and donors. We will reassess participation in the national KPD program in September.
While I’m recovering in hospital, am I allowed to have visitors?
Visitors at UHN are currently restricted. Please check our
COVID-19 page for the latest information.
Our form offers a convenient way to refer your patients to our kidney program.
Learn about where to go and what to expect, when you’re scheduled to visit our program.
Whether you are interested in becoming a donor or finding 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 4800 ext. 4848.
Learn more about our
Living Donor Program.
Sisters Annemieke and Carolyn Vanneste donate their kidneys to
save two people in need.
UHN's Ajmera Transplant Centre is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of transplantation and regenerative medicine.
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