Living Donor Liver Transplant Foundation


The Latest Information About Living Donor Liver Transplant

2021: Key Numbers

Organ Transplants41,354
Increase from 2020↑ 5.9%
Key Milestone1st time > 40,000 per year

2021: Deceased Donor Trends

Total Number of Deceased Donors13,861
Increase from 2020↑ 10.1%
Key Milestone11 consecutive years with an increase in deceased donation

2021: US Liver Transplant History

Total Number of Liver Transplants Since 1988190,470
Living Donors Since 19888,319 or 4.4% of total
Deceased Donors Since 1988182,151 or 95.6% of total
2021: Number of Liver Transplants9,236 (up 3.7% vs. 2020)
2021 Living Donors569 or 6.2% of total
2021 Deceased Donors8,667 or 93.8% of total
Key Milestone2021 was the year with the most living donor liver transplants ever
Increase in Living Donor Transplants from 2020↑15.8%
Increase in Deceased Donor Transplants from 2020+3.0% (11 consecutive years with an increase in deceased donation)

2021: Transplants By Organ


* All organs set annual volume records
* Liver has set an annual volume record for each of the last 9 years

2021: Living Donor Trends Liver & Kidney

Total Number of Living Donors6,541*
Increase from 2020↑ 14.2%
Living Liver Donors569
Living Kidney Donors5970

* Living donor transplant volumes were negatively impacted in both 2020 and 2021 by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Liver Transplant Around the Globe

USA Deceased donor is predominant form of transplant
South & Southeast Asia Living donor is predominant form of transplant mainly due to cultural beliefs and religious differences related to deceased donor transplant
Knowledge Sharing Many surgeons from USA travel to Japan, South Korea and China to learn latest techniques and share best practices

2021: Living Donor: Liver & Kidney Transplant Comparison

Liver569 transplants5.6% of overall number of liver transplants
Kidney5,970 transplants31.1% of overall number of kidney transplants

Candidates* on UNOS Transplant Waiting List (As of 2/1/22)

Liver Wait List OutcomesApproximately 15 – 20% of patients awaiting a liver transplant die or become too sick to receive a transplant

*A patient who is waiting at more than one center, or for multiple organs, would be counted as only one candidate.