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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

Transplant process

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

View a copy of the letter transplant hospitals are required to use according to OPTN Policy in their notifications to patients.

Pediatric transplants

A guide for when your child needs a transplant. Learn more

Multiple listing

Find answers to frequently asked questions about multiple listing and waiting time transfer. 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