Hope. Transplanted.


We are driven by our mission to save lives by securing a living donor kidney transplant for every patient who needs one.


As one of the first national organizations devoted to kidney paired donation, we have established ourselves as global leaders.


Through extensive research and technology, APKD has developed innovation that has resulted in an additional 15,000 kidney donations to date.

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Our Services.

Serving innovative transplant centers across the US.

Targeted Education

We provide transplant center personnel with the education necessary to use our Nobel prize-winning algorithm, developed by Dr. Alvin Roth, to match one incompatible pair with another, getting pairs matched faster, with better results.

Easy to Use Process

Our concierge-level support, combined with our no-penalty, lower-cost approach, allows transplant coordinators more time to do what matters most to them: support families and patients.

Donor Support

We are proud to provide a donor support program to help alleviate many of the financial concerns a potential donor may face. Our donors receive travel reimbursement and compensation for lost wages, better enabling them to focus on their lifesaving gift and recovery from surgery.

Hope Comes in Pairs.

As a transplant professional, you serve in a key role. Below are answers to commonly asked questions from medical personnel.
Approximately one-third of all willing donors are incompatible with their intended recipient. In the past, that meant patients had to start all over with their search for a donor. Now, incompatible pairs have another option, and it often shortens the waiting time for transplantation. Paired donation creates a pathway for living kidney donors and their incompatible recipients to find matches with other pairs in the same situation. Simply put, paired donation breaks chains by making them.
The APKD software finds matches for both traditional 2, 3 and 4-way exchanges, as well as chains of transplants. Our organization facilitated the first non-simultaneous extended altruistic donor chain in 2007, with more than 35 additional chains following. To date, the longest chain includes 16 transplants. Our software performs match runs every day, or whenever new pairs or altruistic donors are added.

The APKD is expanding its transplant center network across the U.S. By including more kidney transplant centers, the APKD can increase the number of transplants, ensure a sufficient pool of donors and help keep costs low.

If your hospital is interested in becoming part of the APKD transplant center network, please contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation webinar. The presentation will explain the entire process, including how our state-of-the-art software works to create kidney paired donations.

Life. Transplanted.

The Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation (APKD), established in 2006, is a 501c3 with global reach that manages an industry-leading kidney registry powered by a Nobel prize winning algorithm. APKD revolutionized kidney donation by performing the world’s first non-simultaneous altruistic donor chain, and the first international chain. APKD’s commitment to innovation, research, education, technology and generosity, allows it to fulfill its mission of saving lives by securing a living donor kidney transplant for every patient who needs one.

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