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 Transplant​ 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 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.​


Resource Library

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

Upcoming Events

Panel Discussion: Donor Wanted: Public Appeals for Living Organ Donors

Date: March 29, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: Toronto General Hospital

UHN ​Transplant patients, families and staff welcome. Organized by the Centre for Living Organ Donation at UHN. Learn more about the panel discussion​. PDF Icon
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Liver Transplantation and Living Liver Donation featuring Dr. Les Lilly

Date: April 1, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Council Chambers, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., Toronto

Organized by the Canadian Liver Foundation. For more information, visit the Canadian Liver Foundation website »


Why Living Donation Matters: Our Success S​​tories

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

Andrea Northgate with her 2 kids‘I decided to turn something bad into something good’
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Hamilton Family with the Stanley CupStanley Cup visits UHN Transplant champions.
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​Myth about organ donation: Living donors can only donate to family members.
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See all our stories​​ »



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.