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Organ Donation

More than 115,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ. And many of them face a lengthy wait. One organ donor can save up to 8 lives and improve the quality of life for up to 75 people. At the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, we perform approximately 500 solid-organ transplants a year on average, making us one of the largest organ transplant centers in the nation. 

Register to become an organ donor

Deceased organ donation includes the giving of your organs, tissue, and eyes after you pass. You have the ability to give life at the end of yours. The decision to register as an organ donor today has the ability to save and influence many lives in the future.

Register today to become an organ donor

Become a living kidney donor

When a transplant patient receives a kidney from a living donor, he or she may live twice as long as someone who received a kidney from a deceased donor. And patients who receive a kidney from a living donor have shorter hospitals stays and, overall, fewer problems after surgery.

Donating a kidney to a person in need―be it a loved one, friend or stranger―is a wonderful and courageous gift. Because the decision to donate a kidney is an important one, it should be made voluntarily and without pressure or guilt. Anyone interested in donation undergoes a thorough medical and psychosocial review. Those who are accepted into the donation program can lead normal, active lives without restrictions after recovering from surgery. The body can function perfectly well with only one kidney.

The living donor team at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center brings expertise, knowledge and caring to each person who participates in our program.

Learn more about becoming a living donor.