U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Organ Donation

About Transplantation

This article discusses transplant patient options, waiting times, and the roles of transplant team members.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

Become an Organ and Tissue Donor

While donated organs and tissue are shared at the national level, the laws that govern donation vary from state to state. Therefore, it is important for you to know what you can do to ensure your decision to be a donor is carried out.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

Donate Life America

Body Donation at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic accepts whole-body donations for the purposes of medical education, research, surgical training, and the development, testing, training of new surgical devices and techniques.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Body Donation Programs in the United States

This web site provides an alphabetical list (by state) of anatomical donation programs for those interested in donating their bodies for medical traning and research.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

University of Florida College of Medicine

Brain Donation Program

To advance the understanding of the cause, course, and treatment of narcolepsy, in 2001 Stanford University started a program to obtain human brain tissue for use in narcolepsy research.Through these precious donations, narcolepsy may eventually be prevented or reversible.

Review Date: December 23, 2014

Stanford Center for Narcolepsy

Donor Matching System

All patients accepted onto a transplant hospital's waiting list are registered with the UNOS Organ Center, where a centralized computer network links all organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and transplant centers.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

Eye Bank Association of America: FAQs

If you are interested in learning about eye donation and corneal transplantation, read these answers to frequently asked questions from the Eye Bank Association of America.

Review Date: December 30, 2011

Eye Bank Association of America, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions about Organ and Tissue Donation

Find answers to common questions asked by potential donors who wish to be living donors or leave their organs to save lives.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

The Living Bank

Living Donation

This page offers information regarding which organs and tissues can be donated. An organ donor can potentially save the lives of eight people, and a tissue donor can help up to fifty people.

Review Date: May 22, 2012

The Living Bank

Organ Donation and Transplantion: Support Groups

Find a state listing of support groups available to help transplant patients and their families learn about transplant-related issues, cope with emotions and stress, and share helpful information with other patients.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

United Network for Organ Sharing

Organ Donation: The Gift of a Lifetime

Find stories of patients whose hopes rise and fall with each passing day as they wait for organ transplants. Learn how organ and tissue donation restores lives.

Review Date: March 08, 2011

Donate Life America

Organ Procurement Organizations By State

This directory lists independent and hospital-based organ procurement facilities by state.

Review Date: November 19, 2012

Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration


Learn about organ donation, transplantation basics, and how to reduce the risk of needing a transplant.

Review Date: January 26, 2012

Division of Transplantation, Healthcare Systems Bureau/HRSA

Q&A on Living Donation

Living donation takes place when a living person donates an organ, such as a kidney, for transplantation to another person who is in need of that organ.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

National Kidney Foundation

Transplant Living: Organ Donation and Transplantation Information for Patients

Find information about organ transplant, pediatric transplantation, and living donation, plus tools and support to help you manage your health before, during, and after transplant.

Review Date: April 20, 2011

United Network for Organ Sharing

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