In an era in which organ donation shortages pose unique transplant challenges, our Kidney Transplant Program participates in several innovative programs designed to maximize the number of available kidneys for transplant. These programs include living related renal transplant; living unrelated renal transplant; and deceased donor renal transplant, including the use of kidneys from extended criteria donors. We also participate in the New England Program for Kidney Exchange (NEPKE), through which one incompatible donor/recipient pair is matched with another incompatible pair. Using a computer program, NEPKE facilitates donor exchanges by matching a donor in one pair with a compatible recipient of another pair. In addition, we participate in the list exchange, whereby an incompatible donor donates to the recipient's blood group, enabling the recipient to move to the top of their blood group. Lahey Clinic also has an active desensitization program in which recipients with high levels of antibodies to human leukocyte antigens are treated to reduce or eliminate these antibodies, and thus increase the chances of donor compatibility.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Awards Lahey Clinic the Silver1 Medal of Honor for Organ Donation.