National Kidney Registry

National Kidney Registry (NKR)
The National Kidney Registry (NKR) is a national registry in the United States listing kidney donors and recipients in need of a kidney transplant.wikipedia
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Kidney transplantation

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Historically, these donors would be turned away and the patient would lose the opportunity to receive a life-saving kidney transplant.
In February 2012, this novel approach to expand the living donor pool resulted in the largest chain in the world, involving 60 participants organized by the National Kidney Registry.

Kidney Paired Donation

Paired Kidney Exchange
NKR facilitates over 450 "Kidney Paired Donation" (KPD) or "Paired Exchange" transplants annually.
In 2007 Garet and Jan Hil founded the National Kidney Registry (NKR) after their daughter (age 10) lost her kidney function and needed a transplant.

Kidney

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More than one-third of potential living kidney donors who want to donate their kidney to a friend or family member cannot because of blood type or antibody incompatibility.

Blood type

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More than one-third of potential living kidney donors who want to donate their kidney to a friend or family member cannot because of blood type or antibody incompatibility.

Antibody

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More than one-third of potential living kidney donors who want to donate their kidney to a friend or family member cannot because of blood type or antibody incompatibility.

Weill Cornell Medicine

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The NKR organized its first swap on Valentine’s Day in 2008 at Cornell Medical Center in New York City.

Cross-matching

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This chain was broken after the bridge donor reneged following many failed cross matches that required the donor to repeatedly go to the hospital for blood draws.

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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The NKR’s second swap started with the shipment of a kidney from Cornell to UCLA School of Medicine.

Stanford University School of Medicine

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This second chain crossed the country three times, facilitating eight total transplants at UCLA, Cornell, Stanford University School of Medicine, and California Pacific Medical Center Ultimately, this chain was broken when the bridge donor reneged.

California Pacific Medical Center

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This second chain crossed the country three times, facilitating eight total transplants at UCLA, Cornell, Stanford University School of Medicine, and California Pacific Medical Center Ultimately, this chain was broken when the bridge donor reneged.

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The New York Times

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The NKR's innovations have generated significant media coverage including a front page story in the New York Times.

Katie Couric

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and nationally televised interviews by Katie Couric with the CBS Evening News.