Global Kidney Exchange

The First of Its Kind in the World

Since 1974, Jefferson surgeons have successfully performed thousands of life-saving kidney transplants. With kidney transplantation preferable to dialysis and transplant patients living an average of 10 years longer with a higher quality of life, Jefferson is poised to take its renowned expertise across international borders to help patients on a global level.

Many healthy donors are not able to give a kidney to a loved one for reasons outside of their control, and ease of kidney exchanges are hindered by the limited availability of organs. As such, Jefferson is in a position to create a first-of-its-kind Global Kidney Exchange (GKE) program to connect matching donors with patients regardless of geographic location. The aim of this forward-thinking program is to vastly expand the pool of potential donors and recipients on a global scale, giving the gift of life—and hope—to more transplant patients than ever before.

Jefferson’s innovative GKE pilot program will feature a technical working group to ensure the program is self-sustaining and scalable. The program will execute planning meetings to carefully develop the criteria for participating countries, physicians, and patient-donor pairs; design, create, and implement an international governance protocol; and perform and test global kidney exchanges.