2019 Marks Another Record Year for Organ Donation

11,870 Donor Heroes Provided Lifesaving Organs for Transplant

TYSONS, VA – Jan. 9, 2020 – Lifesaving organ donations in the United States increased in 2019 for the ninth year in a row. According to preliminary data provided by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), 11,870 deceased organ donors provided organs for transplant last year, reflecting a 10.7 percent increase in organ donors over 2018.

“These numbers reflect the selfless and generous decisions by individuals and families to turn tragedy into hope through organ donation,” said Kelly Ranum, AOPO president and CEO of Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency. “Organ procurement organizations (OPOs) are proud to help facilitate these gifts and to see that efforts to improve and increase donation are paying off in more lives saved.”

The number of donors in 2019 reflects a 46 percent increase over the number of donors in 2011, the first year of the nine-year upward trend (11,870 vs. 8,126). Also according to OPTN, 48 OPOs experienced an increase from 2018 to 2019 and 41 established new all-time annual records for donation.

“Every life matters and every added donor represents the potential to save as many as eight lives,” said Ranum. “OPOs are committed to improving on this progress and to making changes that will enhance our ability to recover more organs for transplant and save more lives.”

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The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations represents the nation’s 58 federally designated organ procurement organizations. Learn more at