National Kidney Registry Facilitates 9,000th Living Donor Kidney Transplant

The National Kidney Registry (NKR) announced the successful completion of its 9,000th living kidney donor transplant, which took place at Hartford Hospital. This milestone represents the most transplants in the world facilitated by a single kidney paired donation registry.

The NKR now facilitates 25% of all living donor transplants in the United States, up from 23% in 2023. The NKR facilitates over 1,000 living donor transplants annually, including voucher donations, paired exchange, remote direct, Kidney for Life, NKR internal direct, microsite internal direct, and waitlist patient transplants.

The NKR facilitated its first living donor kidney transplant in 2008 and is projected to facilitate over 1,500 transplants in 2024. This growth is driven by the increase in microsites, which give kidney patients free coaching and a free customized website to help them search for a living kidney donor; Donor Connect, a free service that lets potential donors speak to a living kidney donor; and Donor Shield, a comprehensive suite of support and protections for living donors that offers up to $18,000 in reimbursement per living donor for lost wages, travel, and dependent care costs.

“We are thrilled to announce another significant milestone: 9,000 living kidney transplants facilitated,” said Garet Hil, NKR CEO and Founder. “This remarkable achievement underscores the NKR’s commitment to increasing the number and quality of living donor transplants nationwide.”

About the National Kidney Registry

The National Kidney Registry ( is an organization whose mission is to save and improve the lives of people facing kidney failure by increasing the quality, speed, and number of living donor transplants while protecting all living donors.

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