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Living Kidney Donation

Living Kidney Donation at UCLA

Learn more about Kidney Exchange 
Learn more about our kidney exchange program
The UCLA Living Donor Kidney Transplant Team at UCLA includes specialists in:

  • Laparoscopic Urologic Surgery
  • Adult Nephrology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Specialized nursing
  • Transplant coordination

Our living donor kidney transplant program has performed over 1000 adult and pediatric living donor kidney transplants. To insure the best outcomes for our donors and their recipients, Living Donor Nephrologists, Dr. Anjay Rastogi and our team of donor nephrologists, conduct a thorough workup of our donor patients. This includes screening information, compatibility testing, comprehensive lab work, cardiac and radiology studies, and consultation with psychiatry and laparoscopic urology surgeons.

Over 95% of our living donors have their donor kidney removed (nephrectomy) by the laparoscopic approach, which minimizes their time in the hospital and shortens the post-operative recovery period. By using minimally-invasive surgical techniques, Dr. Albin Gritsch, Director of Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy at UCLA, and his team make it possible for our donor patients to return to their normal routine within a shorter period of time.

For living donor/recipient pairs who are found not to be compatible either by blood type disparity or a strongly reactive crossmatch response, we have several programs that may offer them living donor transplant options. Dr. Gerald Lipshutz directs our Highly-Sensitized and Blood Type Incompatible Kidney Transplant Programs, and Dr. Jeffrey Veale directs our Living Donor Exchange Transplant Program.

Highly-Sensitized Kidney Transplantation: The two most common reasons that a living donor might not be a "match" for the recipient are antibodies against 1) blood type or 2) tissue antigens. One solution to this problem is to find another donor that does not have the antigens recognized by the antibodies using an exchange program. An alternative strategy is to reduce the antibodies using "desensitization". At UCLA we have programs for both situations and sometimes the best option is to combine both strategies to find a kidney for highly sensitized patients.

Interested donors may contact our program by telephone 1-866-672-5333 or complete a LIVING DONOR INTAKE FORM and fax to 1-310-983-3628 for review by our Living Donor Team.


Donor Forms

pdf file download Donor Information

pdf file download Donor Information in SPANISH

pdf file download Donor Intake

pdf file download Donor Intake Spanish

pdf file download International Living Donor Questionnaire

pdf file download International Living Donor Questionnaire in SPANISH

pdf file download International Living Donor Questionnaire in Tagalog

pdf file download Discharge Info for Kidney Living Donors


The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) provides a toll-free patient services lines to help transplant candidates, recipients, and family members understand organ allocation practices and transplantation data. You may also call this number to discuss problems you may be experiencing with your transplant center or the transplantation system in general. The toll-free patient services line number is 1-888-894-6361

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