Living Kidney Donor Transplant

At the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, we provide excellent care for everyone participating in our Living Kidney Donor program. We established our program in 1970, giving us a long history of facilitating kidney donations from living donors to recipients in need, with excellent outcomes for everyone.

Living Kidney Donor

Meet Your Care Team

Beatrice P. Concepcion
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4.9

Beatrice P. ConcepcionMD

    Amyloidosis, Kidney Transplantation, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
Bernard J. Dubray
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4.6

Bernard J. DubrayJr, MD

    Dialysis Access, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Laparoscopic Kidney Donor Surgery, Pancreas Transplantation, Pediatric Kidney Transplant, Pediatric Surgery, Renal Transplantation
Rachel C. Forbes
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4.7

Rachel C. ForbesMD, MBA, FACS

    Dialysis Access, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Laparoscopic Kidney Donor Surgery, Pancreas Transplantation, Pediatric Kidney Transplant, Pediatric Surgery, Renal Transplantation
Douglas A. Hale

Douglas A. HaleMD

    Dialysis Access, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Laparoscopic Kidney Donor Surgery, Pancreas Transplantation, Pediatric Kidney Transplant, Pediatric Surgery, Renal Transplantation
Anthony J. Langone
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4.8

Anthony J. LangoneMD

    Amyloidosis, Kidney Transplantation, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
Heidi M. Schaefer
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4.9

Heidi M. SchaeferMD

    Kidney Transplantation, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
April L. Demers
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4.8

April L. DemersAPRN, MSN, BSN

    End Stage Kidney Disease, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Renal Transplantation, Surgical Problems in Patients with Pancreas Disease, Transplant, Transplant Surgery
Princess J. Shelton
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5

Princess J. SheltonFNP

    Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Renal Transplantation, Transplant, Transplant Surgery

Why Choose Living Kidney Donor Transplant at Vanderbilt

  • Paired donor process

    We can create chains of living donors and recipients within Vanderbilt. But we also work with other healthcare organizations to create chains of living donors and recipients across different hospitals. We have dedicated resources to coordinate our participation in this life-giving opportunity.

  • Knowledge and experience

    Our team has performed more than 1,750 living donor transplants, including paired donations. Nine people received kidneys from paired donation in 2018 alone.

  • Excellent outcomes

    People who receive a kidney from a living donor have a better chance for a longer, healthier life. Kidneys from living donors tend to last longer than deceased donor kidneys. Also, if you have a living donor, you don’t have to wait on a list for a kidney to become available from a deceased donor.

  • Comprehensive care

    We are committed to protecting and preserving the health and well-being of our living donors, as well as our kidney recipients. Every donor is paired with a living donor advocate who solely represents them and their interests and makes sure their needs are met. Living donors are evaluated carefully by a team of physicians to ensure they are able to live a healthy life without long-term complications after donating. 

  • Support services

    Our transplant center offers many support services, including living donor coordinators, nurses and social workers who oversee and manage the entire process.

  • Convenient services

    We provide an online form that you can submit if you are considering becoming a living kidney donor. Being evaluated for donation is free. If you donate a kidney, your surgery, hospital stay and follow-up visits are financially covered as well.

Are You Able to Donate?

Thousands of people are in need of a healthy kidney. Vanderbilt's living donor program is always looking for potential donors. Watch the video to start your personal screening.

Tests, Treatments and Services

Screening and testing we offer to people who are interested in donating a kidney include:

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    Consultations with transplant surgeons and other specialists
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    Imaging tests
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    Pathology and other laboratory tests
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    An independent living donor advocate (ILDA) who will communicate and advocate on your behalf

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