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UCLA Kidney Exchange Program


What is a kidney exchange?

A kidney exchange is an innovative twist on efforts aimed at increasing the donor pool by giving people who are unable to receive a kidney from a loved one or friend the opportunity to still receive a kidney through an exchange between incompatible donor-recipient pairs. Now, with this exciting new program, you can exchange donors with another pair(s) in a similar situation as you, making transplantation possible. Learn more »

What is a Kidney Exchange?

What is a Kidney Exchange?

UCLA transplant surgeon Jeffrey Veale, MD, discusses the UCLA Kidney Exchange program. View Webinar »

UCLA is ranked #1 on the National Kidney Registry's list of Top Transplant Centers in the United States for Living Donor Transplants.

Lloyd Shapley, late UCLA emeritus professor and Nobel laureate, laid the foundation for advances in the matching of kidney donors with transplant recipients. Read more »

Contact Us

UCLA Kidney Transplant Program
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 565
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 267-6907

UCLA Kidney Exchange Program brochure »

Programa de intercambio 
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Did you know?

1. The first living donor kidney transplant occurred in 1954.

2. Almost half of kidney transplants come from live donors.

3. Humans are born with two kidneys, but can live a normal life with only one.

4. Live donor kidneys last twice as long as a kidney from a deceased donor.

5. 35% of donors are incompatible to a loved one needing a kidney.

UCLA Rated One of the Top Hospitals in the Nation