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Thu, Aug 22 8:05am · National Graft-versus-Host Disease Patient Summit, October 12, 2019 in Transplants

Hi Everyone,

We wanted to make you aware of the upcoming National Graft-versus-Host Disease Patient Summit on October 12, 2019. The summit will be held at the Sheraton Suites Chicago O’Hare. It is a great opportunity for anyone who is living with or caring for someone with graft-versus-host disease. You won't want to miss this amazing day of learning and networking.

For additional information on this event please visit:

Thank you,

Tue, Aug 20 10:59am · New Transplant Blog Posts in Transplants

Happy Tuesday, we hope your week is off to a great start. Today on the blog we are sharing with you some recent transplant stories!

Check out these amazing individuals and their story here:

Be well!

Thu, Aug 15 10:34am · Trending Transplant Stories in Transplant

With many lifesaving transplant stories happening around the world, we wanted to share with you some of the latest transplant stories happening here at Mayo Clinic. Patient Stories

Skip Sturtz is a Cheerful Giver, Donating a Kidney to a Stranger

Not long into his retirement, Skip Sturtz felt a stirring to do something life-changing for someone else. He reached out to Mayo Clinic and began the process of becoming an altruistic donor.

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Son Wins Father’s Day With Life-Saving Gift

Robert Sanden’s gift of a kidney from his son Ricky was a welcome surprise after more than a decade of living with polycystic kidney disease.

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Desperate No More: Jimmy Farhat’s Pleas for Kidney End at Mayo Clinic

Jimmy Farhat has spent three years on the kidney transplant list, sharing his story with anyone who would listen. That wait will come to an end soon, thanks to an anonymous donor.

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‘Wow, another one!’ Team Performs Six Transplants in Six Days

Mayo Clinic’s cardiothoracic team in Rochester was happy to take on the challenge of an unusually busy week last month, performing six transplants in six days.

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Special Delivery: Florida EMT Helps Transport New Heart for Uncle

Teddy Ross, an emergency medical technician, had just driven a heart by ambulance to Mayo Clinic when he realized that the heart was for his uncle, who was there awaiting a transplant.

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Interested in sharing your story? Have another lifesaving transplant story you think we should know about? Share it with us below!


Tue, Aug 6 11:36am · New Transplant Blog Posts in Transplants

Today's blog post is an overview of the latest Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) data that was released in July. SRTR is a key resource for transplant patients and their caregivers when making important decisions. Check out our blog post to learn more!

Tue, Jul 9 10:57am · New Transplant Blog Posts in Transplants

Happy Tuesday!

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the 4th of July holiday. Today, on the transplant blog we are sharing the #MayoClinicRadio podcast and highlighting specific transplant interviews! Read and listen here:

Make today great!

Mon, Jul 1 9:41am · #MayoClinicRadio in Transplant

Have you heard? Mayo Clinic has a radio show and the podcasts are available for you to stream anywhere. With thousands of experts from Mayo Clinic campuses in Minnesota, Florida, Arizona and the Mayo Clinic Health System, “Mayo Clinic Radio” reaches listeners with an easy-to-understand, friendly approach. High interest topics include the latest news as well as information about exercise, nutrition, prevention and heart health.

Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon Tom Shives, M.D., has hosted the hour-long program for more than 25 years. He and co-host Tracy McCray, a 26-year radio veteran, educate and enlighten audiences every week.


We’ve included some recent Mayo Clinic Radio podcasts that discuss transplant topics below.

National donate Life Month – Organ Donation

  • Each April, National Donate Life Month is celebrated to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Charles Rosen, director of the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, discusses the importance of organ donation and what’s being done to improve the number of organ donors. Also on the podcast, two Mayo Clinic transplant patient stories are featured. First, Chad Corey and his donor, Chris Douglas, explain what it’s like to wait for — and find — a living kidney donor. And Julianne Vasichek shares her story, four years after her liver transplant.

Dr. Andrew Bentall on sensitized transplant patients (21:09)

 Paired kidney donation program at Mayo Clinic

  • On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Carrie Schinstock, a Mayo Clinic nephrologist, and Kay Kosberg, a Mayo Clinic nurse who coordinates the paired kidney donation program across Mayo Clinic’s Arizona, Florida and Rochester campuses, discuss the paired kidney donation program at Mayo Clinic. Also on the podcast, Dr. Amir Khan, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, explains what causes eye floaters. And Dr. Pashtoon Kasi, a Mayo Clinic medical oncologist, explains changes in colorectal cancer screening guidelines to prevent the disease in younger adults.

Mollie Luhman, a living kidney donor

  • On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Mollie Luhman, a living kidney donor, and Dr. Mark Stegall, a surgeon at Mayo Clinic who helped perform the transplant, share their story. Also on the podcast, Dr. Michael Zaccariello, a psychologist at Mayo Clinic, explains why attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the rise. And Dr. Donald Hensrud, a preventive medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic, discusses nutrition do’s and don’ts.

There are many additional Mayo Clinic Radio podcasts available here. Be sure to check them out and comment below on what additional transplant topics you would like to hear on the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast.


Tue, Jun 4 11:38am · New Transplant Blog Posts in Transplants

Hi Everyone,

Check out our latest blog post on "The Basics of Living Organ Donation". This is a great resource for those interested in learning more about living organ donation.

Here is the link:

Be well!

Fri, May 31 1:52pm · The Basics of Living Organ Donation in Transplant

In 2018 there were 29,680 deceased donor transplants and only 6,849 living donor transplants. Data from OPTN as of June 3, 2019. Our goal is to bring awareness to the public about living donation so we can help address the shortage of available organs. Living organ donation and transplantation was developed as a direct result of the critical shortage of deceased donors. Almost all Americans support organ donation, but only about half are registered to be organ donors.Basics of Living Donation

The decision to become a living donor requires time and careful consideration. Our hope is that by providing you with the basics of living organ donation we can help educate and provide you with additional resources if you are interested in becoming a living organ donor.

What is living organ donation?

Living donation is an opportunity to save a life while you are still living. Living donation offers another choice for transplant candidates, and it has the potential to save two lives: the recipient and the next one on the deceased organ waiting list, as the life of the next person on the wait-list isn’t guaranteed, even if their wait is reduced. Even better, kidney and liver patients who are able to receive a living donor transplant can receive the best quality organ much sooner, often in less than a year.

The need for living organ donation.

Nearly 115,000 people in America are waiting for an organ. Unfortunately, many may never get the call saying that an organ – and a second chance at life – has been found. 82% of patients waiting are in need of a kidney and 13% are in need of a liver. A living donor is an option for these and other patients who otherwise may face a lengthy wait for an organ from a deceased donor. (Source: OPTN.)

What are the most common living donations?

Many lives are saved through living donation; in fact over 6,000 transplants were possible in 2017 because of living donors. There are three different types of living donation, directed, non-directed, and paired exchange living donation. It is important to know the differences between the types of donation in order to determine what will be best for you, if you consider becoming a living donor. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) explains the below three types of living donation.

  1. Directed donation: in a directed donation, the donor names the specific person to receive the transplant. This is the most common type of living donation. The donor may be:
    • a biological relative, such as a parent, brother, sister or adult child,
    • a biologically unrelated person who has a personal or social connection with the transplant candidate, such as a spouse or significant other, a friend or a coworker, or
    • a biologically unrelated person who has heard about the transplant candidate’s need.
  2. Non-Directed donation:
    • In non-directed donation, the donor does not name the specific person to get the transplant. The match is arranged based on medical compatibility with a patient in need. Some non-directed donors choose never to meet their recipient. And some recipients choose not to meet their donor. And in other cases, the donor and recipient may meet at some time, if they both agree, and if the transplant center policy permits it.
  3. Paired donations (Kidney Only):
    • Sometimes a transplant candidate has someone who wants to donate a kidney to them, but tests reveal that the kidney would not be a good medical match. Paired donation, also called paired kidney exchange, gives that transplant candidate another option. In paired donation, two or more pairs of living kidney donors and the individuals they want to donate to are swapped to form a compatible medical match.

Can anyone be a living donor?

No. But most healthy adults can become organ donors. In general, living donors should be:

  • Healthy and physically fit.
  • Age range varies by organ but in general it is between the ages of 18 and 60.
  • Free of diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, kidney disease or heart disease. They also should not have had these conditions in the past.

There are also many other requirements beyond physical considerations that are taken into account.

What are the risks?

Most people experience few or no problems with living organ donation. Organ donation does require major surgery, however, and there are risks with any surgical procedure. You might experience some pain during recovery. Some people experience other post-surgical complications, like nerve damage. Since every transplant situation is different it is best to talk with your transplant center experts to understand all your potential risks.

Becoming a living donor is a big decision and in this post we only provided a high level overview of the basics of living donation. For this reason, interested donors must spend time talking with experts at a transplant center to be fully educated. Here are some additional resources to help you learn more about living organ donation.

If you are interested in becoming a living organ donor view our living donor toolkit to get started as a living organ donor.