The United Network for Organ Sharing UNOS), announced on Nov 17 that it has approved 236 living donor kidney programs. All of these programs had previously been approved by the UNOS for their deceased donor kidney transplant programs. The Univ Washington Medical Center, where I expect my surgery will take place, is among the hospitals that has been approved to conduct a living donor program. A complete list of transplant centers is available here.

Currently, the UNOS is only responsible for the allocation of organs from deceased donors. It does not administer the allocation of organs from live donors. The UNOS is developing a national system for allocating unmatched paired donations and began a pilot program in September. It expects to roll out the program to all transplant centers by the end of 2010. Donor chains and stranger donations (directed and nondirected) are not currently included in this system. I’ll do additional research to see how the UNOS’s plan may affect the work being done by the groups currently working with living donors, such as the National Kidney Registry and the Alliance for Paired Donation.

[Update2: The UNOS conducted its first match run in Oct 2010.]

[Update1:  Replaced the term cadaver with deceased donor.]