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Living Kidney Donor Program

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.

Tests, Treatments and Services

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

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

Living Kidney Donor Transplant: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Participation in paired donor process: We can create chains of living donors and recipients within Vanderbilt. But we also work with other health-care 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.
  • Large volume of transplants: 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 for recipients: 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.
  • Commitment to the well-being of living donors: 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.
  • It’s easy to begin the process: 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.

The Kidney Donation Process

A living kidney donor and a Vanderbilt Transplant clinic coordinator explain what to expect from the experience. 


Vanderbilt Kidney-Pancreas Transplant
The Vanderbilt Clinic
1301 Medical Center Drive, Suite 2501A
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 936-0695 or 866-748-1491; select option 2 for either line
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Living Kidney Donor Care Team

Advanced Practice Providers

For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient to the Vanderbilt Living Donor Program, call (615) 936-0695.