The Living Donor Institute

Kidney Donation Options

The crisis in renal transplantation continues to grow as the number of patients on the waiting list exceeds the number of available organs. In response, the world-class Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division has created New Jersey’s first and only Living Donor Institute. The Institute is designed to promote living donation as the best transplant option for patients with chronic kidney disease who are either on or approaching dialysis.

Through the Institute, our team of surgeons, transplant physicians, nurse coordinators, dietitians, social workers and pharmacists is able to forge new opportunities for people who want to donate a healthy kidney to someone in need of a transplant.

Living Donor Referral Form

The Living Donor Institute provides the following:

  • An experienced team
  • Surgical innovation - advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques that reduce pain and complications for kidney donors
  • Coordination of the screening process for donors who reside out-of-state or out of the country
  • Live From--Kidney Transplant, in collaboration with the Liberty Science Center and The Sharing Network of New Jersey, introduces students to the world of kidney transplant through live, real-time telecast.
  • Research aimed at furthering living donation as the best option for patients with chronic kidney disease

Expanding Living Donation Options

Kidney transplantation is an option available to patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are either on or approaching dialysis. Kidneys can come from deceased donors or living donors. Finding the right donor is important in order to maximize the survival of the new kidney.

The Transplant Division offers a comprehensive kidney transplant program which includes an increasing number of innovative living donation techniques available at only a few of the world’s leading transplant centers. Many of these options present opportunity for those whose medical conditions previously prevented transplantation.

Transplant candidates meet team members, talk with transplant recipients, and learn about kidney transplantation at small informal education sessions. Blending the most modern technology and resources with attentive personalized care, the Living Donor Institute provides comprehensive support for patient and their families throughout the process of obtaining a transplant and maintaining a healthy organ.

Living Donation Options include:
  • Living Related Donor Transplantation
  • Emotionally-Related Donor Transplantation
  • Living Donor Kidney Exchange Program (patients who have a willing living donor that is not compatible to them)
  • Altruistic Living Donation
  • Compatible Share Program
  • Program for Incompatible Transplants (ABO and HLA incompatible donor/recipient pairs)

Benefits of Living Donation

  • Recipients receive an enhanced quality of life immediately after receiving a live donor kidney transplant.
  • A live donor kidney can last about twice as long, on average, as a deceased donor kidney.
  • A willing donor receives tremendous emotional benefit by fulfilling their wish to donate.
  • The gift of a live donor kidney allows the recipient to come off the transplant waiting list thereby allowing someone else to receive a deceased donor kidney.

Better Outcomes

Our Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division is one of the largest programs in the country. Our patient and transplant survival rates are better than or consistent with national averages.


Kidney Transplant: A Story of Life

Sometimes "Thank you" doesn't seem like enough. For the recipients of kidney donations made as part of the longest single center kidneytransplant chain currently in the United States, the selfless giving acts are life-saving and life-changing.

"This person doesn't know me, this person doesn't know my family, yet he gives the biggest sacrifice - an organ - to a person that he doesn't know. It really changed my life, dramatically," says kidney recipient Troy Dorch.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center recently held a celebration for the donors and recipients, their loved ones and the clinicians and supporters who have come together to save lives. "THANK YOU!" for entrusting us with your care, for sharing your amazing journeys and for the resonating impact that you have made.

Patient Stories

  • "Heart and Kidney Transplant Recipient Gets Two Second Chances At Life"

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  • I never considered going to any hospital but Saint Barnabas, and the high level of care and attention I received assured me I made the right decision.

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  • “It was all worth it.”

    Fred & Tristia
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