National Kidney Foundation Statement on Organ Discards

August 12,2016 - The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is concerned about the rates of discarded kidneys, many of which are viable organs that could be used for transplantation. In response to this crisis, NKF's Transplant Task Force has convened a Steering Group of experts and key stakeholders to identify practical solutions to reduce the number of kidneys that are discarded in the U.S. each year.

Led by Dr. Matthew Cooper from Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute and Dr. Stephen Pastan from Emory Transplant Center, the group includes transplant surgeons, nephrologists, organ procurement organization leadership, the federal government, payers, and kidney patients who are currently analyzing the issue and potential solutions.

The efforts of this group will culminate in a Consensus Conference in Baltimore in May 2017. This effort will ultimately contribute to the increased utilization of previously discarded kidneys, resulting in improved practice and a higher numbers of kidneys available for transplantation. 

Kidney Disease Facts

1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease.  26 million American adults have kidney disease—and most aren’t aware of it.  Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, and age 60+.  People of African American; Hispanic; Native American; Asian; or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease.  African Americans are 3 ½ times more likely, and Hispanics 1 ½ times more likely, to experience kidney failure.

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive, and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease.  For more information about the NKF visit