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The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) maintains national organ transplant waiting lists.

These waiting lists aim to distribute organs fairly across the nation. Wait time will vary for candidates based on a number of factors, like:

  • Type of organ
  • Health status and medical need
  • Age
  • Time spent waiting
  • Blood type and size of the needed organ
  • Geographic distance between donor and recipient

How to Get on the National Transplant List

To get on the national waiting list for organ transplant, a transplant center, like UMMC, must place you on it.

You or your physician must schedule an evaluation by a physician at one of our transplant clinic locations. If you are from out of state, you may request an eVisit.

After your evaluation, we will let you know within about 10 days if you are a good transplant candidate. We also will tell you the date we added you to the waiting list.

When an organ becomes available, it first is offered to patients on the list in that local area or region. If there is no suitable match for it there, then it will be offered to patients elsewhere in the region or country.

Some patients choose to be listed at multiple hospitals in different geographic areas. Multiple listing can shorten your waiting time in some cases. Learn more about multiple listing at UMMC.

Contact Us

For additional information about our transplant program or to request an evaluation or an appointment, please call 1-800-492-5538.