The Organ Center of the United Network for Organ Sharing and twenty years of organ sharing in the United States

M. Christian Williams, James H. Creger, A. Matthew Belton, Roger S. Brown, Judith M. Morrison, Mark A. Hardy, John C. McDonald, G. Melville Williams, H. Myron Kauffman

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Abstract

The increasing size of the transplant waiting list and the increasing use of expanded criteria donors places a premium on efficient use of recovered organs. Maximal organ utilization often necessitates organ sharing between transplant organizations. Optimal organ sharing requires rapid, integrated communication of donor information combined with expedited organ transportation. For more than 20 years, the United Network for Organ Sharing's Organ Center has fulfilled this task for the United States transplant community. This overview details a brief history of United States organ sharing and the role played by the Organ Center. The current scope and modes of Organ Center operations are detailed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-646
Number of pages6
JournalTransplantation
Volume77
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 15 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation

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