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At Atrium Health Transplant Center, specially trained surgeons and other healthcare professionals work together on organ-specific transplant teams, meaning your transplant is handled by experts in the field of kidney or pancreas transplant.

Carolinas Medical Center has been a leading center for kidney transplantation since 1970, when the first kidney transplant was performed. Our kidney transplant program has continued to grow steadily, performing ore than 5,000 pediatric and adult kidney transplants to date.

Living Donor Kidney Transplants

There are two types of kidney transplants. A deceased-donor transplant means the organ comes from someone who has died (this person designated their wishes to be an organ donor before death). Because most healthy people can live with just one kidney, living donors are also a possibility. A living-donor transplant means the organ is from a living relative, loved one or even someone matched up with you from a “paired kidney exchange.”

Kidney transplantation from a living donor may mean:

  • Decreased time on dialysis, or even avoiding dialysis completely
  • Greater long-term success rates of the transplant
  • Decreasing the many years patients may spend on the organ donor waiting list

At Atrium Health Transplant Center, living donors are assigned a donor advocate. This is an internal medicine doctor who will work directly with the living organ donor, helping guide you through the process of donating a kidney. The living donor team also consists of nurses who will act as coordinators, guiding you through the donation process, and laparoscopic donor surgeons, who guide you from pre-screening through post-surgery.

How Do I Become a Living Donor?

Learn as much as you can about living donation, and talk to your doctor and family before making this important decision. If interested in becoming a living donor, please complete and return this form.

Learn more about living donation:
Transplant Living
Living Kidney Donors Network

Donating a Kidney to a Person in Need – How Shelly Saved One Stranger’s Life

Wait List Maintenance

When patients are on the waiting list, they will be routinely scheduled for a re-evaluation visit at the Transplant Center. Patients and dialysis units are asked to keep the Transplant Center updated with any changes in patients’ condition that may affect candidacy, as well as with changes in address, phone number, dialysis center location and health insurance.

How Organs Are Allocated

Organ allocation guidelines are based on United Network for Organ Sharing and Organ Procurement Transplant Network policies that include medical criteria, as well as equitable utilization of organs. The current kidney allocation policy considers characteristics of the deceased donor and the transplant candidate in allocating kidneys equally, efficiently and effectively.

When a kidney becomes available, the referring physician will be notified prior to calling the patient.

Living Donor FAQ

For Providers

When to Refer a Patient for Kidney or Kidney-Pancreas Transplant

If you are a physician, you can learn more about referring patients here.

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