About UW Organ and Tissue Donation
Established in 1966, UW Organ and Tissue Donation is widely recognized as one of the most effective organ procurement programs in the nation.
UW Organ and Tissue Donation is a hospital-based OPO and is accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO).
UW Organ and Tissue Donation is affiliated with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), and is federally designated to provide service to 103 hospitals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois. List of hospitals (pdf)
UW Organ and Tissue Donation dedicates its efforts to support, education and building and maintaining strong relationships. Its most important mission is servicing and supporting donor families. UW Organ and Tissue Donation also works to educate the health care professionals in the 103 hospitals in its designated service area and takes a lead role in public and community education regarding organ donation.
Our OPO's level of success is due in part to our commitment to developing partnerships that make organ donation work:
- Relationships between donor families and recipients
- Relationships between UWOTD and staff at referring hospitals
- Relationships between the general public and the transplant community
By building and maintaining strong relationships, it works to increase organ donation throughout its service area.
- Multiple winner of the Health and Human Services (HRSA) Gold Medal of Honor | Learn more
- Consistently ranked among the top three performing OPOs in the country.
- Developed the first diagnostic tool to assist health care professionals in evaluating potential for DCD (Donation after Cardiac Death)
- Continuing a tradition established by former Governor Tommy Thompson, hosts the Annual Governor's Gift of Life Medal Ceremony that honors donor families
- The only center to be recognized as a Best Practice Site by both the HRSA Organ Donation and Transplantation Breakthrough Collaboratives in all three areas: OPO, Transplant Center and Hospital.