Organ Reform Group and Network
​(ORGAN)
Hundreds of thousands of Americans need organ transplants to extend their lives. Tragically, there is a severe shortage of organs. Many people who need transplants will never get them, and will die years or even decades before they otherwise would.​

This site is dedicated to ideas for reducing or even ending the shortage of organs for transplantation, thereby saving thousands of lives.

The most needed organ, far exceeding all the rest combined, is kidneys. More than 500,000 Americans are on kidney dialysis. Rates of incidence for end-stage renal disease, the condition that dialysis treats, are higher in Hispanics , blacks, and American Indians than in whites.

The only cure is a kidney transplant. But while about 21,000 transplants were performed in 2018, almost 95,000 patients remain on the waiting list, while 19,000 wait for other organs. Moreover, most people with kidney disease are not even put on the waiting list for a kidney. A recent estimate is that 43,000 Americans die prematurely each year for lack of transplantable kidneys.

Various methods to increase the supply of kidneys and other organs have fallen short. It’s time for new approaches, different from what we now do, but based on principles that work well in other fields. Translating these principles into practice will require changing federal law, specifically the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 .