Living Donor Organ Transplantation

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Portrait of Dr. Kulkarni

Credit: Robert A. Lisak

Why Yale Medicine?
  • We are the first practice in the country to provide our living donors with free, lifelong local medical monitoring for any health issues that may arise related to their organ donation.
  • We are creating communities of living donors throughout Connecticut to ensure they will always have someone to turn to for support.
  • The Yale Medicine and Yale New Haven Transplantation Center is a world leader and pioneer in transplant and a referral center for the most complex cases.

Most kidneys and livers used in transplantation come from deceased donors, but this approach doesn’t provide enough organs for all the people who need them. All told, 118,000 people in the United States are on a waiting list for an organ, and many of them will wait years for a life-saving organ transplant. That’s why it’s essential to increase the number of liver and kidney donations from people who are alive.

You can save a life and gain a wonderful sense of satisfaction by becoming a living organ donor.

“Our philosophy is that people should be as healthy after donating a kidney as before,” says Sanjay Kulkarni, MD, medical director of Yale Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital Center for Living Organ Donors, and associate professor of transplant surgery and nephrology at Yale School of Medicine. The center builds support communities for donors and is a pioneer in providing free, lifelong local medical monitoring for any issues that may arise related to their organ donation.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.