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Living Donor Services - Southern Alberta Transplant Program

Assesses, tests, and educates people who want to be living kidney donors.

Offers services for people who want to be living kidney donors (donate one of their kidneys to a person with end-stage kidney disease), including:

  • assessing and testing to see if a person is able to donate
  • educating people about the process of donating a kidney
  • surgery to remove the donated kidney and follow-up

Living donors are usually blood relatives (e.g., brother, sister, parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew). Sometimes a person who isn’t a blood relative can be a donor (e.g., husband, partner, wife, in-laws, close friend). Anonymous donors (people who want to donate a kidney to someone they don’t know) may also be part of this program.

Donors who aren’t a match for the person who was going to receive their kidney can be part of a paired exchange program with Canadian Blood Services.

For more information about being a living donor, see:

Service Providers May Include
donor coordinators, social workers, transplant nephrologists, transplant surgeons

Donors must be in good health and be assessed by the Southern Alberta Transplant Program to see if they are able to donate.
Donors must refer themselves to this program.

Service Access

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.
Call to book an appointment or for more information.



Canadian Blood Services, Kidney Foundation of Canada

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