The Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center is an advocate for organ and tissue donation and is finding new ways to share available organs among patients on transplant wait lists—giving these patients a second chance at life.
Stories from our patients and donor families
Richard Luskin, NEOB president and CEO, presents Mass General President Peter Slavin, MD, with two national awards for outstanding organ donation rates and for Kidney Program outcomes.
Become an Organ and tissue donor
More than 103,000 people in the United States are currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Follow these steps to become an organ donor.
- Identify yourself as an organ donor on your driver’s license
- Share your wishes with your family
Organ Donation Saves Lives
The demand for organ and tissue donations has never been greater. Although the latest advances in transplant medicine have created more options for patients on the transplant wait list, approximately 18 people die every day waiting for a lifesaving donation.
How Mass General Helps Through research, advocacy and education the Mass General Transplant Center is finding new ways to overcome organ shortages, improve transplantation outcomes, and offer transplant patients every opportunity to benefit from transplantation.
The Transplant Center’s research discoveries continue to revolutionize transplant medicine around the globe. Some of our recent milestones include:
- Groundbreaking work to overcome organ rejection
- Engineering new tissues for transplantation and repairing damaged tissues
- Developing new protocols that reduce organ wait times and shorten hospital stays
Our research focuses on finding new ways to:
- Develop interventions for patients who are not candidates for whole organ transplant
- Reduce or prevent organ rejection
- Overcome organ incompatibility
- Use a patient’s own cells to create tissues
Live donation allows patients to receive a transplant without waiting for an organ from a deceased donor. Mass General has one of the most active and experienced live donor liver transplant programs in the region.
Our kidney transplant program also matches patients with related, unrelated or ABO incompatible live donors.
Living Donor Kidney Transplant Programs
Patients who choose to undergo a kidney transplant may have identified a living donor who is willing to donate a kidney. Even in cases where the donor is incompatible with the recipient, our active living donor transplant program can match patients with compatible living donors through the UNOS Paired Kidney Exchange Program or the National Kidney Registry. We also have a successful desensitization program for patients with positive cross match to their living donors and a protocol for ABO-incompatible donor-recipient pairs. Learn more about programs for patients with incompatible living donors
Mass General is a founding member of the Education and Support for Organ Donors & Families
Organ and tissue donation is a sensitive and personal decision. Through an initiative called Take 5, Mass General nurses offer families support and information as they explore offering life to others through organ donation.
Our approach to patient care brings together a team of transplant specialists who create a personalized treatment plan for each patient.
When you support the Transplant Center, you are making a significant contribution to advancing care at the hospital.