Kidney Transplantation: Understanding the Match

matching donor kidneys

Over the years many advancements have been made in how the matching of donor kidneys to recipients is determined. Dr. Rafael Villicana is Associate Director of Kidney Transplantation at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, California and explains blood type compatibility, antigen match and how antibodies tell if the kidney is suited for the recipient. Learn about blood type incompatibility, kidney swaps and what transplant doctors are looking for when they perform a cross match.

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Stephen Furst Stephen Furst got his big break into movies in “Animal House,” in which he played Flounder. Stephen has also starred as Dr. Elliot Axelrod in “St. Elsewhere” and as Vir Cotto in “Babylon5.” He is a successful television and movie producer/director and a kidney patient.


Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational bookChronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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