Organ & Tissue Donation
You can help give the gift of life by choosing to become an organ or tissue donor. One organ donor can help save up to eight lives, and one tissue donation can save or improve the lives of more than 75 people.
The decision to become an organ or tissue donor does not interfere with the healthcare you receive—saving your life is your NYU Langone doctor’s first priority.
All people can be considered as potential organ, tissue, and eye donors at the time of death. The presence of cancer, HIV, or other infection (such as sepsis) or intravenous (IV) drug use would rule out donation. People with hepatitis C may be able to donate organs to someone who also has hepatitis C. The same is true for hepatitis B—but this happens less frequently. Most people with cancer may donate the corneas.
Organs and tissues are distributed through federally or state-authorized organ and tissue banks, and donating your organs does not cost your family any money.
More Information about Organ and Tissue Donation
LiveOnNY, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant in the greater New York metropolitan area, offers resources to learn more about donation.
For information about organ transplantation at NYU Langone, learn more about our Transplant Institute.