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Living Donor Program

Across the United States, more than 100,000 people await a donor kidney to become available, and nearly 20,000 of them are in California. Patients in need of a kidney transplant wait an average of five years for a kidney to become available.

That is because most transplanted kidneys come from people whose organs were donated upon death. However, a living kidney donation offers significant advantages:

  • They have a lower risk of rejection.
  • They function better and longer than kidneys from deceased donors.

Living donors have become more common in recent years as family members or friends who are a tissue match donate organs to loved ones. More rare are donors with no connection to someone in need of a transplant but who choose to donate to a stranger. Unspecified donors, as they are called in the transplant community, can spark a chain that gives the gift of life to many more people.

The UCI Health has a program to encourage living kidney donations. Our kidney transplant program enables direct donations — when a donor and recipient are a close match — and paired exchanges that link two or more pairs of people to get viable kidney donor exchanges. About one-third of kidneys transplanted in the last year at UC Irvine Medical Center have been from living donors.

If you are interested in becoming a living donor, please complete our health history questionnaire ›  

We recommend accessing the questionnaire on a laptop or desktop computer to allow you to better concentrate on the questions about your health. To proceed, you will need your accurate weight and height.

Once you have submitted a completed questionnaire, it will be reviewed by a living donor coordinator. If you are a possible candidate, you will be contacted. If you have questions at any time, you may contact a living donor team member at

Thank you in advance for your generous offer to be a kidney donor.

For more information, please contact is at 714-456-8441 or


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