Living Donor 2019-09-19T11:58:12-05:00

Family members supporting each other through living donor organ transplant.

At UAMS, we offer transplant services to patients who receive kidneys from living donors.

More than 110,000 people are listed for an organ transplant nationwide. Many face a lengthy wait for an available organ. To spare an individual patient a long and uncertain wait, relatives, loved ones, friends and even individuals who wish to remain anonymous may serve as living donors. In 2018 about 7,000 transplants each year are made possible by living donors.

If you are considering living donation, it is critical to gather as much information as you can from various sources. If you know a person you would like to help through living donation, talk to him or her and the transplant program where the person is listed.

At UAMS, you can use the living donor screening link below or call us at 800-552-8026. The living donor advocate and nurse coordinator will help you understand all aspects of the donation process, including the risks and benefits.


In 1954, the first successful living kidney donor transplant took place between identical twins. Since 1988, approximately 150,000 living donors have gone one to make a difference in the lives of relatives, nonrelatives and even total strangers with the gift of a kidney.

At UAMS, we performed our first living donor transplant on May 8, 1964.

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