UCLA is the leading living kidney transplant hospital in the United States focused on Kidney Exchanges as a means to help more people in need of kidney transplants.


 Dr. Jeffrey Veale

Dr. Jeffrey Veale

Jeffrey Veale is a kidney transplant surgeon and the Director of the UCLA Kidney Exchange Program. He has received many awards and recognition for his work with the UCLA Kidney Transplant Center and has written articles regarding living kidney transplants. You can read his work and watch featured videos here.


UCLA transplant surgeon Jeffrey Veale, MD, discusses the UCLA Kidney Exchange program at UCLA. A kidney exchange is an innovative twist on efforts aimed at increasing the donor pool by giving people who are unable to receive a kidney from a loved one or friend the opportunity to still receive a kidney through an exchange between incompatible donor-recipient pairs.


‘Kidney voucher’ enables kidney donation when needed  

Howard Broadman approached UCLA with the concept of donating a kidney so that his grandson Quinn would be eligible to receive one in the future. Read more here.


The Doctors TV show featured the UCLA Kidney Exchange Program along with donors and recipients from the Nick Damon Kidney Chain. Dr. Jeffrey Veale explains the process and how to get involved.


The Chain is an innovative, digital short‐form documentary that uses five interwoven story lines to provide a compelling portrait of organ donation in the United States. Over the course of five episodes, we follow donors and recipients within a single chain as they pass through stages of the transplant process, encountering the myriad risks and rewards it entails.

As of 2016, there are over 100,000 people awaiting a kidney transplant in the U.S. When this video was made in 2013 - it was 80,000 people. Within 3 years, the number has increased dramatically. Recipients can expect to wait a national average of 8 years for a transplant, and spend years undergoing taxing and time‐consuming dialysis in the meantime.


In 2008, the first NY--to--LA living-donor transplant chain results in triple kidney transplant. Innovative donor chain performed at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The "donor chain" is an innovative twist on efforts aimed at increasing the donor pool by giving people who are unable to donate to a loved one or friend the opportunity to still give a kidney through an exchange between incompatible donor-recipient pairs. The domino effect of "chains" creates recipient-donor "clusters," with each subsequent cluster beginning with a "leftover" donor who starts the new cluster.