Boston Medical Center has a well-established Living Donor Program and has completed more than 300 living donor kidney transplants.


Living donor kidney transplantation is an alternative to a recipient waiting on the deceased donor waiting list and remaining on dialysis. Live-donor kidneys have significantly better long-term survival than those from a deceased donor.

Living donors can be family members, friends, or anonymous.They must be at least 18 years old.

At Boston Medical Center, all living donor candidates are encouraged to ask questions at any time. The Transplant Team provides education and support and works collaboratively to create a relationship that ensures donors feel comfortable. All donor candidates go through a thorough medical and psychosocial evaluation to help determine if living donation is safe and right for them. The healthcare provider team that performs this evaluation is separate from the intended recipient's care provider team, and all information is held in the strictest of confidence. A donor’s personal and medical information will not be shared with the potential recipient at any time. The intended recipient’s insurance covers the cost of the donor evaluation.

The Gift of Life guide provides helpful information for individuals who are considering living donation.

To learn more about the Living Donation Program at Boston Medical Center, please call 617-638-8368 or 617-638-8430.

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Transplant Surgery

The Kidney Transplant Program at Boston Medical Center (BMC) is fully committed to providing every patient with exceptional care, without exception. Since our first transplant in 1977, our program has evolved into a high-quality service sought out by local, regional, national and international patients and their families.

Our Team

Transplant Surgeons

Sarah Meade, DO

Transplant Surgeon
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine

Stefan G Tullius, MD

Transplant Surgeon

Special Interests

Kidney, Pancreas, Transplantation, General Surgery, Endocrinology

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Transplant Nephrologists

Jean M Francis, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of Kidney Transplant Program, Boston University Schoool of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Kidney transplantation, Pancreas transplantation, Kidney diseases, Thrombotic microangiopathy, Glomerular diseases

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Sandeep Ghai, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

Special Interests

Kidney Transplantation, Bone Mineral Disease; Peritoneal Dialysis

Transplant Donor Surgeon

David S Wang, MD

Associate Professor of Urology, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Laparoscopic surgery; Robotic surgery; Minimally invasive urologic surgery; Endourology; Urinary stones; Urologic cancer; Adrenal gland disorders

Transplant Psychiatrist

Barbara J Horner, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Consultation psychiatry; Psychosomatic medicine

Transplant Coordinators

Karen Curreri, RN, CCTC, Clinical Administrator and Living Donor Coordinator
Vladimir Doxy, RN, Post-Transplant Coordinator
Serita Hernandez, RN, Pre-Transplant Coordinator
Anne Hutchinson, RN, Pre-Transplant Coordinator

Patient Resources

Living Donor Evaluation Process

The evaluation to be considered as a potential kidney donor is very thorough and includes interviews and examinations with several specialists.

Forms and Donor Advocate Information

Donating a kidney is a courageous, generous act. Success rates are generally higher with living donor transplantation. If you’d like to be considered for living donation, please complete the Living Kidney Donor Questionnaire below.