Highly Trained University Hospitals Staff Facilitates Patient and Donor Evaluation

Our highly trained staff helps living donor candidates feel at ease, from the first consultation to the actual transplant to the outpatient follow-up visits at University Hospitals.

Once a living donor candidate is referred to the Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program at University Hospitals Transplant Institute, an intake coordinator conducts a phone interview with the candidate to obtain demographic (address and phone), and medical information. After this step is complete, the living donor candidate is scheduled to have a blood test to determine if they are a match to the recipient.

Blood Type Compatibility Chart
Recipient’s Blood Type Donor’s Blood Type
A A or O
B B or O
AB A, B, AB or O

Once someone decides to be a living donor at UH and compatibility has been determined, a living donor evaluation can then begin. Living donor candidates will be scheduled for an education class. The education class is taught by a transplant nurse coordinator and reviews the following:

  • Transplant team
  • Informed consent
  • Confidentiality
  • Evaluation process
  • Paired donation
  • Surgery
  • Risks
  • Follow-up care

Living Donation Evaluation at UH

Prior to living donation the living donor candidate undergoes a series of necessary medical screenings, that may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Current Age Appropriate Annual Screenings (will need to be up to date prior to donation)
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Kidney tests
  • Urine tests

During the evaluation process, several experts in the UH Living Donation Kidney Transplant Program will meet with the living donor candidate. Those expert include:

  • Transplant surgeons
  • Transplant nephrologists
  • Transplant nurse coordinator
  • Social workers
  • Dietitians
  • Donor advocate
  • Transplant financial coordinator
  • Other team members (dermatologists, etc.)
Paired donation

Living Donor Candidates Meet with Independent Donor Advocates

As part of the living donor evaluation process, an independent Donor Advocate is assigned to the living donor candidate. At University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, a Donor Advocate is a member of our hospital’s ethics committee but is not employed by UH Transplant Institute. Near the end of the donor evaluation process, the living donor candidate will meet with the Donor Advocate and have a serious one-on-one conversation with them. The Donor Advocate wants to ensure that the living donor candidate is not being pressured to donate, is capable of making an informed decision to donate, is fully informed of the surgical risks associated with living donation, and understands that the donor evaluation process will not be discussed with the recipient and that the Donor Advocate serves as a support person to the living donor candidate.


Members of the transplant team at University Hospitals are very careful to observe the rules of confidentiality (privacy) as mandated by HIPAA regulations. Living donors can be assured that their confidentiality is maintained.

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