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Organ Donation

Organ Donation

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 18 people die each day because there aren’t enough organs available to those who need them.

More than 100,000 people are on the waiting list for organs across the country.

This national shortage meant that Mike Miller would have to wait about seven years for a new kidney.

Then the generosity of a friend saved him the agonizing wait.

Read this living donor kidney transplant story.

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Organ Donation

Become an organ donor, save a life: Find out how you can make a difference, now or later.
Organ Donation

Organ Donation

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 18 people die each day because there aren’t enough organs available to those who need them.

More than 100,000 people are on the waiting list for organs across the country.

This national shortage meant that Mike Miller would have to wait about seven years for a new kidney.

Then the generosity of a friend saved him the agonizing wait.

Read this living donor kidney transplant story.

Myths & Facts of Organ Donation

  • Have you had questions about signing up as an organ donor? Unclear about what being an organ donor means?

    Get some answers. We break down common misconceptions and explain key reasons why people choose to become organ donors in our organ donation infographic.

Become a Living Donor
Transplant Team

Paired Donation Program

Paired donor exchanges ensure people get the organs they need to live, sooner. A friend or family member who wants to donate a kidney to a loved one but isn’t a match for the recipient can instead be paired with another matching recipient. The original patient in need of an organ is also matched with a willing donor.

This process expands our team’s ability to find a match between donors and recipients.


What it is like to be an organ donor? Read about the experience of one man who donated his kidney to a stranger.

Becoming a Living Donor

  • Consider becoming an organ donor and saving someone's life

    If you’re interested in living donation — for a stranger, a friend or a family member — you must undergo an evaluation to make sure you meet the minimum requirements.

    Get more information on becoming a living organ donor.

    In the News: Living Kidney Transplant Award

    UVA won an award for taking part in the country's largest paired kidney donation exchange.

Deceased Donation
Organ Donation

Want to Donate Your Organs When You Die?

You can save the lives of as many as eight people by donating your organs after you die. To sign up:

Donor Resources
For more information about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplant, visit: