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Kidney Transplant program

Living kidney donors

Image of Gift of Life medallionAre you thinking about a being a kidney donor?

Our living donor transplant coordinator can help.

For more information on whether kidney donation is right for you, contact us.

Call 416.867.3676
LiveDonorTeam@smh.ca

St. Michael’s Hospital Transplant Program prides itself on:

  • Being one of the largest living donor transplant programs in Canada.
  • Our expert team of surgeons who can perform keyhole donor surgery for a faster recovery.
  • A health care team dedicated to helping you and your donor have an excellent transplant experience.
  • Providing innovative options even if you aren’t a match with your donor.
  • Being the first in North America to perform blood type incompatible transplants using Glycosorb© columns.

Individuals interested in becoming a living kidney donor can contact our office at:
Phone: 416-867-3676
Email: livedonorteam@smh.ca

More information for potential donors can be found at our online health information portal.

We offer a wide variety of options for living donation kidney transplant. Some highlights of our living donor program are:

  • We are the only transplant centre in North America offering blood type (ABO) incompatible transplant with Glycosorb® technology. Patients can receive a kidney from their living kidney donor even if the blood type is incompatible, with success rates comparable to other living donation transplants. Glycosorb® immunoadsorption is a unique technology that circumvents complications associated with apheresis that is used in older ABOi techniques.
  • St. Michael’s offers minimally invasive (laparoscopic) nephrectomy. Laparoscopic surgery allows for shorter hospital stay, less pain and a quicker return to employment for living donors.