Meredith holding her kidney in a jar.

Transplant surgery is a type of surgery and surgical specialty that pertains to the transfer of one person's organs to another person for the purpose of replacing damaged or absent organs.

Patients who donate their organs are called organ donors; patients who receive the donor organs are called organ recipients. With the exception of those who donate a portion of a liver or a single kidney, most organ donors are brain-dead. Transplant patients often have to wait months or even years for a transplant to come their way by putting their name on a list. In Grey's Anatomy, the fictionalized version of real-life organization U.N.O.S. coordinates transplant patients and donors.

Transplant surgery, given the specific organs harvested, encompasses aspects of general surgery, pediatric surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, urology, ENT, and/or ophthalmology


U.N.O.S. works on a point system, depending on how badly a patient is deteriorating. If the points are tied, as with Denny Duquette and Michael Norris, it goes to the patient entered first into U.N.O.S. 

For a patient and donor to be a match, they need to have the same blood type, and it is best if the age is somewhat close and the size of the organ fits into the patient's body. However, adult livers can be transplanted into a baby, as demonstrated by Alex Karev and Robert Stark.

U.N.O.S. works with hospital transplant coordinators to arrange the donation and prepare the recipient for surgery.

Notable Transplant SurgeonsEdit

This list does not include surgeons of particular specialties who also perform transplants.

Notable Transplant PatientsEdit

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