Living Donor Program
About Living Donation at Mass General
The Mass General Transplant Center has one of the most active and experienced living kidney and liver donor programs in the region, as well as the largest. Live donation allows patients to receive a transplant without waiting for an organ from a deceased donor.
80% of people on the national transplant waiting list are in need of a kidney. Learn more about living kidney donation.
The liver is the only organ in the body that is capable of regenerating itself. Learn more about living liver donation.
How Can Organ Donation Save Lives?
Organ donation is the process of giving one person’s healthy organs and tissues to another person who needs them. In living organ donation, a person donates a kidney or a piece of their liver to a patient in need of a transplant. Read answers to common questions about living organ donation.
A Brother’s Love
Meet Nicola and Steve, a brother and sister with an inspiring story. With the help of Mass General’s Living Liver Donor Program, Steve gave the gift of life and a happy future to his sister, Nicola.
Kidney Donation Saved Her Cousin's Life
When Jeanette Bernard needed an urgent kidney transplant in January 2018, it was not a stranger from a donor list but her own cousin, Jill Palermo, who came to her aid.
Saving a Life: Andrea’s Choice to Donate Her Kidney
When her family member was in need, Andrea wasted no time in becoming a living kidney donor. She became Mass General’s first living donor to undergo robotic nephrectomy.
Overcoming All Odds for a New Kidney
In September 2020, Ann Foti, 60, became a living kidney donor for her husband, Gino, 63, who had been undergoing dialysis treatment for two years to manage his diabetic kidney disease.
are currently on the waitlist for a deceased donor liver.
Our surgeons perform more kidney transplants than other New England institutions and achieve some of the best transplant results nationwide.
When you support the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center, you are making a significant contribution to advancing care at the hospital.
Transplant Surgery at Mass General
The Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center offers leading-edge consultative services, treatment and surgical interventions to patients with a broad spectrum of diseases.