It is important that you, as a living kidney donor, know that all interactions with members of the transplant team are strictly confidential. The living donor team does not disclose any information about the donor to the recipient, even if the donor requests it. This is to protect the confidentiality of the donor and maintain the integrity of the program by staying in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The donor, however, is free to share any information with the recipient regarding the donation process.
If a donor workup is terminated for any reason, the donor will receive a letter indicating that the team has determined that they are not a suitable donor. The transplant coordinator will discuss the reasons in detail with the donor. How much information the donor chooses to share with the recipient is up to the donor.
The UC Davis Transplant Team appreciates the unique physical and emotional commitment involved in organ donation and works closely with all concerned to ensure the entire experience is positive.