Sign up to be a Living Donor

If you have an interest in becoming a living kidney donor, first please register as a potential kidney donor at UC Health by clicking on the button below to begin registration. Please call (513)584-8313 and speak to our living donor nurse any time you have any questions.

Choosing to become an organ donor is an act of heroism.

While much goes into a successful transplantation surgery – from a multidisciplinary, highly-specialized team that helps patients through the entire journey, to cutting-edge research and innovative surgical techniques – transplant is not possible without organ donation. UC Health’s Living Donor Program offers a community-based option for organ donation for hometown heroes who make the generous choice to offer hope.

Donating an organ is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Ninety-five percent of Americans support organ donation, yet only 50 percent are registered organ donors.

Home to Cincinnati’s most comprehensive transplant program, UC Health provides heart, liver, kidney and pancreas transplants. Currently, UC Health’s Living Donor Program offers the opportunity top register for kidney donation.

Benefits of living donation for the recipient:

  • Close to 96 percent of living donor kidneys are functioning at the end of the first year.
  • Living donor transplantation offers a better long-term success rate than kidney transplants from a patient that has died.
  • The average length of time a living donor transplant lasts is about 20 years, compared to 10-13 years for a deceased kidney.
  • Living donor transplants have shown increased odds of immediate kidney function.
  • Rejections are less common.
  • Fewer medications are needed to prevent rejection.
  • In some cases, patients can avoid dialysis before transplantation.
  • Long waiting periods that can occur with deceased donor transplants are eliminated.
  • Surgery can be scheduled when the recipient is in optimal medical condition.
  • Living donor transplantation can offer a significant psychological benefit to the donor.

Types of Living Donors:

  • Related (blood relatives)
  • Unrelated (friends, spouse, neighbor, etc)

The evaluation process:

  • Once compatibility is determined, we will bring you in for a full day of medical testing. At that time, you will also meet with different members of the Transplant Team. There is no cost to the donor for the evaluation or the surgery itself.
  • Your medical evaluation is strictly confidential and will not be shared with anyone without your consent.
  • You can decide at any time to change your mind about proceeding with donation. Your reason is kept confidential.

In addition to UC Health’s Living Donor Program, anyone can register to be an organ and tissue donor. Simply indicate your decision when obtaining or renewing your driver’s license or state I.D. You may also register online at