Paired Donation Networks





The following organizations are listed in alphabetical order.

Alliance for Paired Donation (APD)

Phone: 419-866-5505, toll-free: 877-APD-4ALL

Program began: 2006

# of Transplants in 2008: 19
# of Transplants to Date: 32

Eligibility: Anyone who has a willing donor can register with APD, even if registered with another network.

How to register:
Contact APD directly by phone, visit their website or contact a transplant center that partners with APD. See list on website.

Additional Services:
Financial assistance for transplant travel expenses, post surgery medications and other unforeseen financial struggles related to surgery.

List of Partners:

  • Match runs done monthly
  • Uses altruistic donors to form Non-simultaneous Extended Altruistic Donor Chains (NEAD Chains) which allow donors to “pay it forward” after their loved one receives a transplant - eliminating the need for simultaneous transplants (See details on website)
  • Website features animation of paired donation and NEAD chain processes
  • There are currently 75 Alliance Partners in 27 states but this list is growing


California Pacific Medical Center

Phone: 1-877-427-6289


# of Transplants: 220 (Living Donor -- 91)

Eligibility: Anyone is eligible to enroll


Additional Links:

The Kidney Team runs data for interested donor-recipient pairs on our kidney transplant wait list, using a new software, Silverstone Solution’s Matchmaker©, to identify potentially compatible donor-recipient pair(s) with whom a paired kidney transplant may be feasible. 
Data suggests that an individual has about a 1 in 5 chance of finding a compatible donor-recipient pair.


Johns Hopkins Kidney Paired Donation Program

Phone: 410-614-6074, option #1 or 888-908-5728


Program began:

# of Transplants to Date: 54 (as of 1/08)

  • Match runs are done monthly.
  • Compatible pairs interested in finding a six antigen match are encouraged to enter the registry, which improves the chances of more successful matches being found.
  • Transplants are typically done simultaneously, although in certain situations, this is not the case.
  • This center also offers a Blood Type Incompatible Transplant Program, a Positive Crossmatch and Sensitized Patient Program and an Altruistic Donor Program.
  • Program shares donor/recipient pairs with a number of regional programs in the U.S. and receives donor/recipient pairs from a number of other transplant centers to include in its database.


National Kidney Registry

Phone: (800) 936-1627


# of Transplants in 2010: 130
# of Transplants to Date: 213

Eligibility: Anyone is eligible.

How to register: Register with a participating transplant center or contact the National Kidney Registry if your center is not on the list of participating centers.

  • Match runs done on daily basis.
  • Website offers a comprehensive guide on the transplant process, including pertinent information for donors, recipients and transplant centers, step by step recipient guide, and tips for the best outcome.
  • Affiliated with over 50 leading transplant centers.
  • Matched and transplanted over 50% of incompatible pairs in first two years.


The Paired Donation Network (PDN)

Phone: 859-291-3431, 1-800-532-0642


Program began:

# of Transplants in 2008: 14
# of Transplants to Date: 62

Pairs Currently in database:  208

Eligibility: Anyone who has a donor that isn’t a match.

How to register:  Through a member hospital or by contacting the Paired Donation Network.

List of Partners:

Contact for Updates: Teresa Braun, Executive Director

  • Match runs are done every 60 to 90 days.
  • Kidneys may be transported between hospitals that are within a 1-2 hour drive of each other; otherwise donors are required to travel to their matched recipient's hospital.
  • includes over 140 kidney transplant programs in almost every state.
  • New programs enter the PDN weekly.





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