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Steve Ajello (right) donated a kidney to his brother Anthony (left)

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has the largest living donor kidney program on the East Coast and is the third highest volume program for living kidney donation in the United States.

The health and emotional well being of the living donor is the first priority of the Living Donor Kidney Center.

Please check out our 'Gift of Life' brochure for inspiring real-life stories about kidney donors and recipients at our center, as well as comprehensive information about Living Kidney Donation.

All potential donors must be evaluated for donation by a living kidney donor team that functions completely independently of that of the transplant candidates' team. The job of the living donor team is to protect the potential donor not only their physical health, but also their psychosocial, emotional and socioeconomic well-being and personal preferences.

The Donor Team exists to ensure that the potential kidney donor:

  • Is not himself/herself at high risk for developing kidney disease, usually caused by chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity, either now or in the future
  • Does not feel coerced into donating
  • Is not putting himself/herself at psychosocial, emotional, or socioeconomic risk by donating

Living Kidney Donation

In this video, Dr. Sandip Kapur, Chief of Transplantation, discusses living donor kidney transplantation.

Living With One Kidney

View the video in which Dr. Del Pizzo, Director of Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery for the Department of Urology talks about living with one kidney after kidney donation.

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