Living kidney donation - giving one of your kidneys to a person who needs one - can save a life or prevent a lifetime of difficult medical procedures such as dialysis.
At the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, we are commited to protecting and preserving the health and well-being of potential donors. If you decide to become a living donor, your choice must be completely voluntary and free from pressure, guilt or financial payment.
Why Become a Living Donor?
- A living kidney donation gives the recipient a better chance of a longer, healthier life.
- A living kidney donor can expect a normal, healthy life with no long-term health effects.
- There is a strong need for both types of donors: related donors (relatives of the kidney recipient) and unrelated donors, who do not know the kidney patient.
- Our team of nurse coordinators, donor advocates and social workers will work closely with you about eligibility, health considerations and any other concerns.
- Donor evaluation is free to you. If you become a donor, your surgery, hospital stay and follow-up visits are free, too.
Contact Vanderbilt Living Donor Program
(615) 936-0695 or (866) 748-1491; select option 2 for either line