​How to Become a Living Donor

STEP 1: To apply to become a  potential living donor, complete the Living Donor Health History Form.

STEP 2: Submit the completed form in person, by email, mail or fax. All contact information is on the form. Please attach a copy of your blood type with your donor health history form, either through a letter or blood test from your family doctor or a blood donor card.

STEP 3: Our Living Liver Donor Assessment Offices will call you once we have reviewed your health history form.

Your Journey as a Living Donor

Learn what it’s like to be a living liver donor through our liver evaluation and surgery guide.

Advantages and Risks of Living Donation​

  • It reduces the wait time for organ transplant recipients.
  • The operation can be scheduled in a timely fashion for the donor and recipient.
  • It provides an opportunity for the donor to give “the gift of life” to a family member, friend or stranger.

Risks of surgery
  • Liver donation is a major operation; though living donors are in good health, there are risks related to having surgery. The donor team will talk to you about the risks involved.
  • The evaluation requires multiple visits to hospital and the recovery takes at least 6 weeks.
  • Only part of the costs associated with surgery are reimbursed by the Ontario government.

For more information about risks or complications, please call the Living Liver Donor Assessment Office at 416 340 4800 ext. 6581​.

Common Questions and Answers

Since 1999, over 700 living liver donor transplants have been performed at the University Health Network (UHN). All donors have returned to their regular lifestyle with no restrictions.​​
There is no monetary compensation for donation. There is a reimbursement program called Program for Reimbursing Expenses of Living Organ Donors (PRELOD) funded by the Trillium Gift of Life Network. PRELOD may pay for potential expenses that happen during the evaluation process. During your preliminary appointment, a transplant assessment coordinator will talk to you about the PRELOD reimbursement program and how to apply for it.​
Another donor may be undergoing their evaluation when you apply. The living liver donor program only evaluates one donor at a time because of the costs involved to the individual being evaluated and to the health care system. The pace of the donor evaluation is driven by donor safety and the time needed to obtain fully informed consent.
Once a recipient is listed at UHN, the UHN living liver donor program will evaluate applications to become a donor.
Yes, you can withdraw from the evaluation process without any explanation.​
Donor safety is foremost concern of the live donor program. The donor evaluation is never rushed or compromised, even when the recipient is very ill.
You will meet with members of the living donor team. We will talk to you about donation to make sure you are well informed about this option. Donor safety is our foremost concern. We also need to know that donors are choosing this freely without pressure. You or the donor team may decide that being a living donor is not in your best interest. All meetings with the donor team will be private. The person who needs the transplant will only know if the donor is suitable or unsuitable. No other information about the assessment will be shared.

Making an Informed Decision

We know that, if you choose to become a living donor, your goal is to help someone. We believe it must always be a voluntary choice, one that you make without pressure from others. Living donation is not for everyone, but knowing the facts, will help you decide if this option is the right choice for you.