Living Kidney Donation Program
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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.
7th Floor, Suite 7A
Shapiro Center 617.638.8430
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Kidney, Pancreas, Transplantation, General Surgery, Endocrinology
Kidney transplantation, Pancreas transplantation, Kidney diseases, Thrombotic microangiopathy, Glomerular diseases
Kidney Transplantation, Bone Mineral Disease; Peritoneal Dialysis
Transplant Donor Surgeon
Laparoscopic surgery; Robotic surgery; Minimally invasive urologic surgery; Endourology; Urinary stones; Urologic cancer; Adrenal gland disorders
Consultation psychiatry; Psychosomatic medicine
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
The evaluation to be considered as a potential kidney donor is very thorough and includes interviews and examinations with several specialists.
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.