Kidney & Pancreas Disease & Transplantation

Living Kidney Donor Program

To become a living kidney donor, please reach out to our Pre-Transplant Coordinator, Allison Ford at fordalli@einstein.edu or 215-456-4569

Living kidney donors are an integral part of Einstein's kidney transplant program. Giving a kidney to a family member, friend or acquaintance, or even someone you don't know, is the gift of life.

In order to donate a kidney, Einstein provides:

  • Counsel to explain the physical and psychological requirements
  • Extensive tests to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure
  • Blood type and immune system compatibility test to donate to a specific recipient

Minimally-Invasive Surgical Option for Donors

Einstein can remove kidneys from living donors using minimally-invasive laparoscopic techniques that are less painful and reduce recovery time, by making just three to five small incisions in a donor’s abdomen.

Mini-Incision Removal of Donor Kidney

Similar to a laparoscopic technique, a mini-incision removal of a kidney from a living donor includes a faster recovery time and better cosmetic recovery than conventional surgery. Kidney donation is performed through just a single three- to four-inch incision on the donor's abdomen.

Kidney Champions

Speaking to others about donating a kidney may be uncomfortable, but you don't have to do it alone. Asking a friend or family member to be your "Kidney Champion" may help you find a living donor. Kidney Champions help spread the word to potential donors by organizing events, raising awareness, and reaching out to your local community. With the help of a dedicated Kidney Champion, it is possible to find a compatible living donor willing to provide this life-changing gift.

Training & Education

At Einstein, we have clinical expertise in all core domains of organ disease and transplantation and are actively invested in resident education.

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