Pay-It-Forward

It starts with an altruistic donor – someone who wants to donate a kidney out of the goodness of his or her heart. That kidney is transplanted into a recipient who had a donor willing to give a kidney, but was not a match.

To keep the chain going, the incompatible donor gives a kidney to a patient unknown to him or her who has been identified as a match, essentially “paying it forward.”

A specialized computer program matches donors and recipients across the country.

Jeffrey Veale, MD

Affiliated Programs:

UCLA Kidney Exchange Program
UCLA Kidney Transplant Program

Pay-It-Forward

It starts with an altruistic donor – someone who wants to donate a kidney out of the goodness of his or her heart. That kidney is transplanted into a recipient who had a donor willing to give a kidney, but was not a match.

To keep the chain going, the incompatible donor gives a kidney to a patient unknown to him or her who has been identified as a match, essentially “paying it forward.”

A specialized computer program matches donors and recipients across the country.

Jeffrey Veale, MD

Affiliated Programs:

UCLA Kidney Exchange Program
UCLA Kidney Transplant Program

Associate Professor and Director of the UCLA Kidney Exchange Transplantation Program, Dr. Veale‚Äôs National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research focuses on altruistic donors and bridge donors in an effort to ultimately expand the donor pool. The UCLA exchange program under Dr. Veale’s direction has performed more chain transplants than any other single center in the world, and pioneered the first transcontinental chain transplant in the United States.