Deceased-Donor Kidney ​Transplantation

When a living-donor kidney transplant is not a possibility, a deceased donor kidney transplant may be the best option. The process for deceased-donor transplantation is as follows:

  • ​A donor is identified by the hospital staff at the donor hospital.
  • The local Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) is notified, and an OPO representative is sent to the donor hospital to evaluate the donor.
  • Once the donor has been evaluated and deemed acceptable, the donor family is approached for education and consent.
  • If consent is obtained, a match list is obtained by the United Network of Organ Sharing​ (UNOS). The match list is an organ-specific ranking list that shows the patient’s name and what center they belong to. This is called the organ allocation list. This process will be discussed at length during your evaluation by the procurement coordinators.
  • The OPO makes organ offers by notifying the centers at the top of the list. Each center has a designated 24-hour call person to take the offer. The surgeon and kidney doctors will make the ultimate decision to accept or decline an offer.
  • If the organ is accepted, the organ procurement coordinators will notify the families and hospital staff.
  • The organ procurement coordinators will be a means of communication between the operating room and your family.