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For those in need of a kidney or liver transplant, living donation is a shorter pathway to better health.

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The Centre for Living Organ Donation was created by UHN Transplant in 2018 to improve access to living organ donation for people who need a life-saving kidney or liver transplant and those who want to give a transformative gift of life.

Upcoming Events

Living Kidney Donor Event

Lunch & Learn: Donor Outcomes in Anonymous Live Donation

November 1, 2019

For our first Lunch & Learn series, we're proud to host Judy Jung and Dr. Susan Abbey to discuss anonymous living organ donation. In her recently published study, Judy Jung explores anonymous living liver donation and its significant potential to reduce the gap between transplant organ demand and availability.
Register for the Lunch & Learn

Living Kidney Donor Event

Lunch & Learn: Ethics Round Table Discussion

November 15, 2019

This installment of the Lunch & Learn series will focus on ethics in living organ donation. UHN Bioethicist, Jed Gross, will provide a brief history of the ethical principles of living organ donation as well as facilitate discussion on ethical questions relevant to living donation today.
Register for the Lunch & Learn

Liver Health Education Day

Liver Health Education Day 肝脏健康教育日

November 23, 2019

Join us for Liver Health Education Day at the Michener Institute for Education at UHN (222 St. Patrick St.). This event is free and includes a light lunch. The day’s program is in Cantonese and Mandarin. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
To register, please call 647 847 1572 or email

Their Stories

Trevor Hanagan

Trevor Hanagan

Non-Directed Living Kidney Donor

After training in the army, a stint in nursing school, and a few years of experience in corrections, Trevor Hanagan hesitantly gave health care another shot. Lucky for him – and many others – UHN was a perfect fit for Trevor. What was even more unexpected than his career, was the way he found his lifelong connection to transplant.

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Jaime and Sonia Munoz

Jaime and Sonia Munoz

Living Liver Recipient and Donor

Illness and recovery require perseverance. After being diagnosed with NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) in 2017, Jaime Munoz would spend a total of four months in and out of hospital. In that time his youngest child and only daughter, Sonia, would become his living liver donor and save his life.

Read Jaime and Sonia's story »

Kelly Bryan

Kelly Bryan

Non-Directed Living Liver Donor

Kelly Bryan was part of the first paired liver exchange in North America, an achievement she never intended to be part of. The mother of three has been a paramedic for 16 years. Her decision to donate anonymously started when she read a public plea for a single father in need of a living liver transplant. When he found a donor, Kelly decided to stay on the list and received a life changing phone call shortly afterwards.

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What’s New

Paul Turcotte and Andrew Mayzak (ABC News)

Her dad needed a kidney – and her boyfriend didn't hesitate when he learned he was a match

Paul Turcotte didn't know his daughter's boyfriend for long, but had a few important words to tell him. "Thank you," he told Andrew Mayzak, 23. "Thanks for saving my life." Mayzak donated his kidney to Turcotte on Oct. 1, putting an end to Turcotte's lifetime of suffering from kidney disease.
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Stages of Liver Disease

Can This Cell Therapy Help Fight the NASH Epidemic?

Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the most severe form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and is characterized by a fatty liver, inflammation, and liver cell damage. To date, a patient’s only option at the final stage of liver disease is a liver transplant. There is no alternative available. Yet. What does the future of NASH look like?
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Research Team

New Study Looks To Understand The Reality Of Liver Disease In Manitoba

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most prevalent liver disease in Canada, with the Canadian Liver Foundation estimating 25 percent of the adult population is affected by the disease. With such a staggering number, the University of Manitoba Department of Internal Medicine's Section of Hepatology is undertaking a five-year study to identify individuals with this disease.
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Contact Us

The Centre for Living Organ Donation
Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Transplant Centre

Phone: 416 340 5400

Centre for Living Organ Donation