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What We Do

​​​​​​At the Living Donor Program, 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;​ and
  • Provide exceptional patient care at all stages of the transplant journey​.

Located at the Toronto General Hospital, Munk Building 12th Floor, our compassionate team of experts are world leaders in innovation, research and, most importantly, patient care. Learn more about the liver transplant​ and kidney t​ransplant​ teams​ who will be with you throughout your journey.

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; and
  • willing to freely donate.​​​

 

How do I become a living kidney or liver donor?

  1. Complete a Living​ 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 healt​h 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 4800 ext. 4848​.

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 Transplant?
​The UHN Transplant Program treats patients from across Canada and around the world. Our liver and kidney transplant clinics welcome new patient referrals.​​

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Resource Library

For a comprehensive list of helpful materials that will guide you through your donor journey as well as media stories and videos on living organ donation, visit our Resource Library​.​

Upcoming Events


Living Donation Q & A Sessions for Patients Eligible for Kidney Transplant (Families and Support Persons welcome)
Date: Bi-weekly, Thursdays
Location: Toronto General Hospital
Registration: If you would like to receive invitation, please email livingorgandonation@uhn.ca.

Living Donation Information Sessions for Patients Approved for Liver Transplant (Families and Support Persons welcome)
Date: Weekly, Wednesdays
Location: Toronto General Hospital
Registration: If you would like to receive invitation, please email livingorgandonation@uhn.ca.

Living Donor Webinars
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Topics:

  • 1st Tuesday of the month: PRELOD Information Session for living donors and living donor candidates
  • 2nd Tuesday of the month: Living Donor Champion Session for those who would like to support person in need of a liver or kidney
  • 3rd Tuesday of the month: Living Kidney Donor Session for those considering living kidney donation
  • 4th Tuesday of the month: Living Liver Donor Session for those considering living liver donation

All sessions are free. To register, please visit the Centre for Living Organ Donation Eventbrite page and select a date to reserve your spot and receive login instructions.

If you have questions or would like more information please email livingorgandonation@uhn.ca.

2019 Chinatown Festival
Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Spadina Ave. (between St. Andrew St. and Sullivan St.) – The Centre for Living Organ Donation will have an information booth in Chinatown
Registration: This event is open to the public. No registration is required.

2019 Health Awareness Day
Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. East – The Centre for Living Organ Donation will have an information booth.
Registration: This event is open to the public. No registration is required.

Annual Living Donation Symposium
Date: Monday, September 16, 2019
Time: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Location: BMO Education & Conference Centre, Krembil Discovery Tower, Toronto Western Hospital, 60 Leonard Ave.
Registration: For more information on this event and instructions on how to register, please view the Living Organ Donor Symposium Eventbrite page.

Living Organ Donor Recognition Event
Date: Monday, September 16, 2019
Time: 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: DeGasperis Conservatory, Toronto General Hospital, 4th Floor, Peter Munk Building, 585 University Ave.
Registration: For more information on this event and instructions on how to register, please view the Living Organ Donor Recognition Eventbrite page.

Pathways to Liver Transplantation & Living Organ Donation (co-presented with The Ottawa Hospital)
Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, 200 Coventry Road (Room 201), Ottawa, ON
Registration: For more information on this event and instructions on how to register, please view the Pathways to Liver Transplantation Eventbrite page.

Archived Events

For all of our archived patient education events ​​related to living organ donation, visit our Archived Events section​​.​


 

Why Living Donation Matters: Our Success S​​tories

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

Hina Khan and Kelly Bryan with Muhammad Khan‘I have the utmost admiration for living donors’
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Andrea Northgate with her 2 kids‘I decided to turn something bad into something good’
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Facts vs. Myths about Organ Donation - Myth #2.
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See all our stories​​ »

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Give Us Your Input

Needs Assessment for the UHN Centre for Living Organ Donation

The UHN Centre for Living Organ Donation has one goal: to improve access to safe and appropriate living organ donation for donors and recipients. Please take a few moments to tell us what information or supports would be helpful to you.

This is an anonymous survey. The information you provide will be used for planning purposes. If you wish to speak with one of our team members or join our mailing list, please email livingorgandonation@uhn.ca.

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