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About Transplantation

How organ allocation works

Matching is the key to connecting individuals waiting for a life-saving transplant with compatible donor organs. Learn more

The transplant team

A successful organ transplant requires the coordination of multiple transplant organizations, medical professionals, and complex logistics. Learn more

History of transplantation

Scientists and researchers pioneered the first transplant procedures in the 18th century. Read about the history of transplantation, and the many medical breakthroughs in organ transplantation. Learn more

Transplant process

The organ shortage causes most patients to wait for a transplant. Learn more

Donor matching system

Transplant centers, tissue typing laboratories, and OPOs are involved in the organ sharing process. Learn more

Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network

This is an official U.S. Government Web site managed by the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.