These pages are designed to guide patients and families through the process of organ donation. Many families are faced with difficult decisions when caring for their loved ones who are gravely ill. We hope to provide some guidance.
The need for organ donors is a matter of growing concern. As organ transplantation outcomes continue to improve, the gap between organ donors and those awaiting transplant widens. On average, 18 people die each day in the United States while waiting for organ transplants. You can make a difference by signing up to become an organ donor.
Organ donation in the United States is administered by the United Network for Organ Sharing, a non-profit, scientific and educational organization that administers the nation's only Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), established by the U.S. Congress in 1984.
The information in these pages about organ donation was created by Jennifer A. Frontera, M.D., an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. It was also reviewed by Maria Sabeta and Martin Woolf at the New York Organ Donor Network. NewYork-Presbyterian greatly appreciates their assistance.