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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Division of Transplantation

The Medical Evaluation

Potential donors will be carefully tested to be certain that the transplant will pose no risk to the health of the donor. Potential donors should be in excellent health with no current disease or illness and should not be extremely overweight. Physical condition is a more critical factor in determining the suitability of a living donor than is age, but all donors must be 18 years or older. All potential donors will be interviewed and tested to assess any risk factors towards donation.

Once these tests are completed, a medical evaluation is performed with great care and consideration. The medical doctors and transplant surgeons reviewing the donor testing are very careful to protect the health of the donor. Sometimes, a potential donor will not be accepted for donation due to medical or other concerns.

The specific testing for donation can be done at University Hospital of Brooklyn or through your private medical doctor.

Expenses for your evaluation are covered by the recipient's Medicare through the End-Stage Renal Disease Program, or Medicaid, regardless of whether or not you are accepted as a donor.

If the recipient is not eligible for Medicare or has other insurance, it is the responsibility of the recipient to call and check with their insurance carrier to see what expenses are covered for their donor.