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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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of participating in an exchange program?

Receive a kidney sooner, maybe before requiring dialysis.

Receive a living donor kidney, which on average lasts longer than a deceased donor kidney.

Receive a better matched kidney, which would potentially require fewer drugs and last longer.

Provides a very rewarding experience for the donor since multiple families are helped by the donation.

How do we get started?

Interested donors may contact our program by telephone at (310) 267-6907 or by completing a Living Donor Intake Form and faxing it back to (310) 983-3628 for review by our Living Donor Team. 

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UCLA Kidney Exchange In the News

Featured on The Doctors TV

Featured on The Doctors TV:
One Man's Kidney Donation Launched a Life-saving Chain reaction. Watch video »

Featured on NBC LA:

Featured on NBC LA:
UCLA Kidney Exchange Program "Opens Floodgates" to Transplants for Hundreds of Patients.
Watch video »

Featured on Tavis Talks

Featured on Tavis Talks:
Tavis Smiley interviews four patients involved in a massive kidney swap and the doctor who organized it. Listen now »

UCLA Leads the Way 

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

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.

Contact Us

UCLA Kidney Transplant Program
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 365C
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 267-6907

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