Odds for Receiving a Kidney Transplant Now Equal for Hispanic Candidates

UNOS analysis of most recent kidney policy shows progress on key goals

RICHMOND, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Improvements in national kidney transplant policy have evened the rates
at which Hispanic transplant candidates receive kidneys from deceased
donors, according to data from United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
UNOS serves as the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation
Network (OPTN) under federal contract.

National kidney allocation policy has been refined a number of times
over the past 25 years to improve equity in transplant access. A recent
analysis of the most recent policy, implemented in December 2014, shows
progress on many key goals in its first two years of operation.

As of November 30, 2016, 19.5 percent of candidates listed for a kidney
transplant were Hispanic, while an equal rate (19.5 percent) of deceased
donor kidney recipients from December 2015 through November 2016 were
Hispanic. The analysis also shows parity in listing and transplant rates
among African-American and Caucasian candidates.

“This is an important achievement not only for minority candidates, but
for trust in the national transplant system,” said Sylvia Rosas, M.D.,
MSCE, chair of the OPTN/UNOS Minority Affairs Committee. “Everyone
needing a transplant depends on someone else’s personal decision to
become an organ donor. It helps in donor education and outreach to know
that our diverse communities have a fair chance to benefit from a

Media Briefing

Learn more about the changes to allocation policy that evened the
playing field and what issues remain.

Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017
3:00 p.m. ET
Speaker: Sylvia Rosas, MD., MSCE,
Chair OPTN/UNOS Minority Affairs Committee

Dr. Rosas will take questions after her presentation.

Registration URL: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/3346327738869819905

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) serves as the Organ Procurement
and Transplantation Network (OPTN) by contract with the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services
Administration, Division of Transplantation. The OPTN brings together
medical professionals, transplant recipients and donor families to
develop national organ transplantation policy.


United Network for Organ Sharing
Anne Paschke, 804-782-4730