Receiving an Organ Transplant in New Jersey | Hackensack Meridian Health   

What to Expect

The journey to receiving a transplant begins with a comprehensive evaluation of the recipient’s physical and mental health. Transplant candidates will also undergo extensive testing, including blood tests, heart and lung function tests, cancer screenings, and other evaluations to confirm their eligibility for surgery.

After a transplant candidate is deemed eligible for surgery, they are placed on a waitlist for a compatible organ. If they have a compatible living donor, their wait time will be shorter. During this time, transplant candidates will continue to receive care from their primary providers for their underlying condition. Recipients will also have access to:

  • Financial counseling
  • Mental health services
  • Supportive services

When a compatible organ becomes available, a transplant team member will contact the recipient.

After transplant surgery, recipients will receive personalized education on topics including:

  • Health monitoring
  • Administering anti-rejection medications
  • Recognizing signs of infection or rejection
  • Returning to a normal lifestyle
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Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Organ Transplantation


The Organ Transplantation Division at Hackensack University Medical Center is one of the leading transplant centers in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.

Shorter Wait

Our Kidney Transplant Program is among the fastest-growing in the nation. Through the use of advanced donor/recipient matching techniques, we have the shortest deceased donor wait times in the tri-state area.


Hackensack University Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to develop an organ preservation center for organ transplantation using the LifePort Kidney Transporter to increase a kidney’s viability and lifespan.

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Comprehensive services, the latest surgical approaches and seamlessly managed patient care by our team of transplant experts.

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