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Living Kidney Donor Program
More than 100,000 people across the U.S. – and around 170 people at Baystate Medical Center – are waiting for kidney transplants right now.
The living kidney donor program at Baystate Medical Center is helping to make kidney transplants available to those who need them.
Our expert multidisciplinary team provides the highest quality of personalized care as we guide patients through their journey from evaluation to surgery and recovery.
How to Donate a Kidney
Step 1: Please call our office at 413-794-2321 to begin the living donor process.
Step 2: Before beginning your living donor medical evaluation, we will need verify that you are up to date on your health screenings. Health screenings are recommended by the American Cancer Society and include colonoscopy, mammogram, pap smear, etc. The screenings you need will depend on your age and gender.
Step 3: Attend an education session and a comprehensive living donor evaluation appointment where you will meet with members of the multidisciplinary team including the surgeon, nephrologist (kidney doctor), nurse coordinator, independent living donor advocate, social worker, and financial coordinator. Laboratory testing and various medical testing will be completed as part of the evaluation.
Step 4: After the evaluation is complete, our team will review and determine if you are a candidate for living donation surgery.
Types of Kidney Donations
Direct Donation: A living donor donates directly to a recipient at our center.
Non-Directed Donation: A living donor donates but does not have a specific intended recipient.
Paired Kidney Exchange: - A living donor and recipient are not compatible and enter into an exchange where incompatible recipients exchange donors.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about becoming a living donor, please contact Baystate Medical Center’s transplant program at 413-794-2321.
Kidney Transplant Resources
National Kidney Foundation
U.S. Government Information on Organ Donation and Tissue Donation and Transplant
Living Donors Online
United Network for Organ Sharing
American Transplant Foundation
American Society of Transplant – Live Donor Toolkit
Frequently Asked Questions