Living Kidney Donor Evaluation

Your Health is Our First Priority

Our evaluation process ensures that you understand all of the steps required and that you are healthy enough to donate part of your kidney. For more information, please review the Living Kidney Donor Manual and other materials in our Resource Library.

Contact Us

Living Kidney Donor Assessment Office
Room 100 G, Peter Munk Building – 12th Floor
Toronto General Hospital
585 University Ave., Toronto, ON M5G 2N2
Phone: 416 340 4800 ext. 7568
Fax: 416 340 3009

Living Kidney Donor Evaluation Process

Submit a Donor Health History Form PDF Icon, along with documentation of your blood type if available to the Living Kidney Donor program.

If you are suitable to begin the evaluation process, the living kidney donor program will discuss the next steps with you to begin your evaluation.

You will need to come to Toronto General Hospital at least 3 times to complete your evaluation. Based on your age and your medical history, you may have all or some of these tests:

You will also meet with living kidney donor coordinator, social worker, donor nephrologist, nurse practitioner, donor surgeon and anesthetist. You may also need to be seen by a psychiatrist. Depending on your results, you may have to meet other healthcare professionals and go through other tests.

After your evaluation is complete, your donor team will review all your test results and will talk to you about whether donating a kidney donation is right for you.
You may be approved to become a kidney donor if:

  1. All required tests and consultations have been done.
  2. You have met and talked with all members of the donor team who are involved in your evaluation.

As a potential living kidney donor, your care team will be separate from the care team of the recipient. Your health information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with the recipient.

If you know your recipient, we encourage you to talk to them about your status. If you wish to remain anonymous to the recipient, please indicate this to your living kidney donor coordinator at the beginning of your assessment.

Staying Healthy

It is important to stay healthy while you are being evaluated as a donor and before your surgery. The donor team recommends the following:

  • Keep a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Practice safe sex.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Take part in high-risk activities that may give you infections. This includes unprotected sex, drug use, tattoos and piercings.
  • Do not smoke. It is strongly recommended for you to quit smoking permanently if you wish to be a living kidney donor.
  • Do not drink alcohol excessively. We recommend following the general guidelines for alcohol consumption.
  • Use any drugs without your doctor's approval. You do not use any non-prescription medication unless you have checked with the donor team.
  • Do not book any travel without checking with your living kidney donor coordinator. Travel to certain destinations may affect your timeframe for kidney donation.
  • For women only: Stop taking birth control pills or any kind of hormone treatment. Do this at least 4 weeks before surgery.

Your Journey as a Living Donor

Learn more about what to expect at every step of your living donor journey. 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.

If you wish to speak with a living liver donor or recipient, please contact our office.


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