People considering living donation must undergo a vigorous evaluation to assess their suitability to be a donor. First and foremost, the evaluation is designed to protect the potential donor and ensure that the potential donor:
Below is an outline of the testing performed at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for our potential living donors. Please note that this may vary somewhat among transplant centers.
The first step potential donors should take is to complete the registration process at https://cornell.donorscreen.org.
Based on your responses to the questions asked during the registration process, you will be contacted by a member of the donor team, who will discuss your eligibility for proceeding with the work-up process.
Once you receive the results of these tests from us, you are responsible for telling your potential recipient the results — if and when you choose. To protect your privacy, we will not disclose this information to your potential recipient.
If you decide to move forward, you must contact us at (212) 746-3099 to arrange to come in for additional testing to confirm that you and your kidneys are healthy enough for donation.
You will receive a comprehensive medical evaluation that is likely more thorough than any other you have had in the past. In consideration of you becoming a donor, we believe it is our responsibility to protect your current and future well-being.
At this stage, you will:
Based on your age, gender, and medical history, other tests may be necessary.
If all the testing done in Step 2 shows that you may still be a donor, we will set the date for the transplant — as long as your recipient has also been cleared for transplant and you still wish to be a donor.
One week prior to the scheduled transplant, you will return for the following