What is LiveOnNY?

LiveOnNY (formerly the New York Organ Donor Network) is a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant in the greater New York metropolitan area. Established in 1978, LiveOnNY is the second largest OPO in the United States, serving a culturally and ethnically diverse population of 13 million.


LiveOnNY works closely with 10 transplant centers and more than 90 hospitals in the region to facilitate donation. Additionally, it strives to raise awareness for donation and transplantation, educate the public, and encourage residents to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry.


LiveOnNY is accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which oversees the organ transplant waiting list in the U.S.


How LiveOnNY Works

  • All hospitals in the greater New York metropolitan area are required by law to notify the LiveOnNY of in-hospital deaths or imminent deaths.
  • LiveOnNY has highly trained staff whose primary role is to ensure that families carry out the legally binding consent decisions of their loved ones to be donors.
  • If the person was not enrolled in the New York State Donate Life Registry, LiveOnNY seeks authorization for donation from family members or other authorized individuals.
  • LiveONNY works closely with hospital personnel to recover suitable organs (including hearts, kidneys, livers and lungs) and tissues (such as heart valves, cardiovascular tissue, bone and skin), and to seek or confirm consent for cornea donation.
  • LiveOnNY offers follow-up care and referrals to all families who consent to donation or whose loved ones had legally consented to donation.