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Organ Donation

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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.

The Health Resources and Services Administration, a government agency, has recognized NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and its Regional Hospital Network for our outstanding efforts to promote donation awareness and donor registration. Five NewYork-Presbyterian campuses — Allen Hospital, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Lawrence Hospital, and Weill Cornell Medical Center — earned platinum recognition for increasing the number of people who register as organ, eye, and tissue donors.

2018 HRSA Platinum recognition for encouraging hospital staff and community members to enroll in their state registry as organ, eye, and tissue donors

UNOS

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.

  • View current statistics about the gap in supply and demand for organs in the United States and New York area on this page of LiveOnNY's web site.

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.

Contact

TO FIND A DOCTOR

877-NYP-WELL (877-697-9355)