Kidney Paired Donation

What is Kidney Paired Donation?


What if someone wanted to donate a kidney to you, but your blood type did not match, or there is some other incompatibility? 

Does that mean you are not able to get a living donor kidney?    NO!

St.Vincent has joined both the National Kidney Registry (NKR) and United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) paired donation registries. This gives a recipient an option to receive a living donor kidney.

Through these registries, someone who has an incompatible living donor can be entered into the registry to be matched with another incompatible pair. By swapping the donors and the recipients in these pairs, two or more transplants are made possible. 

Paired Kidney Exchange

Paired Kidney Exchange - Picture courtesy of NKR


Who is eligible to be a donor?

  • Donors must be healthy.
  • Donors must pass an extensive medical and psychological evaluation to decide if they are able to donate.


What is the benefit of joining a paired donation registry?

  • You could receive a living donor transplant - on the average live donor kidneys last longer than deceased donor kidneys and generally receive less immunosuppressive drugs.
  • You may not have to wait as long for a transplant.
  • You may spend less time on dialysis or even receive a transplant prior to starting dialysis.

If you register for a paired donation registry, your place on the deceased donor will not change.


Additional Resources:


For more information on Paired Kidney Donation, call the Living Donor Coordinator, Tami Rader, RN, BSN, CCTC, at (317) 338-2694.