Organ and Tissue Donation

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.

Mass General received two national awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the hospital's outstanding organ donation rates in 2010 and for the Kidney Transplant Program's outcomes. Pictured: Peter Slavin, MD, Mass General president, and Richard Luskin, New England Organ Bank president and CEO.

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.

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.

Innovative Research

The Transplant Center’s research discoveries continue to revolutionize transplant medicine around the globe. Some of our recent milestones include:

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

Learn more about our research

Live Donation

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.


Mass General is a founding member of the New England Organ Bank, a nonprofit organization that helps match compatible donors. The New England Organ Bank uses a national registry to connect donors and patients both regionally and nationally with lifesaving organs and tissues.

The New England Program for Kidney Exchange (NEPKE), a program of the New England Organ Bank, maximizes live kidney donation options for patients who have willing, but incompatible, live donors. Using a computerized matching program, NEPKE matches one incompatible donor and recipient pair with another so that both patients receive healthy, compatible kidneys. Learn about our comprehensive Kidney Transplant Program

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.

Discover the Transplant Center patient experience

Our approach to patient care brings together a team of transplant specialists who create a personalized treatment plan for each patient.

Support the Transplant Center

When you support the Transplant Center, you are making a significant contribution to advancing care at the hospital.