Lifesharing is committed to the life-saving and life-enhancing efforts of transplantation. We strive to be the leader in organ and tissue donation through education, collaboration, and the provision of quality service.
Founded in 1984 as a division of UCSD Medical Center, Lifesharing is one of 58 regional non-profits dedicated to the life-saving and life-enhancing benefits of organ and tissue donation. As a federally-designated organization, Lifesharing provides organ recovery, donor family support, and educational services for the diverse population of approximately 3 million people in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Organ and tissue procurement services supply twenty-eight donor hospitals and four local transplant centers with transplantable organs for the ever-growing waiting list of nearly 2,200 San Diego patients and more than 123,000 patients nationwide.
Donate Life San Diego coordinates the community outreach effort for Lifesharing in conjunction with Donate Life California and Donate Life America. Our volunteers work to inspire people to register as organ and tissue donors through the DMV or online at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org. Registering is so important to ensure your wishes are followed. Registering allows your family to honor your wishes not guess at them.
Regulation by the federal government through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) monitors Lifesharing Organ Services. The Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) have been designated by DHHS to provide oversight and policy guidelines to all of the Organ Procurement Organizations (OPO) in the United States. To continue as a designated OPO, Lifesharing must meet donor and organ recovery metrics set by DHSS.
As a Donate Life Organization, Lifesharing is a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which operates the national organ allocation system. Lifesharing allocates organs according to UNOS guidelines to ensure equitable organ distribution in our community. Lifesharing is also accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) – a professional association providing national guidelines for OPOs. In addition to the Food and Drug Administration, state and local Health Departments also regulate Lifesharing Tissue Service.
The Lifesharing team includes an executive director, medical director, transplant coordinators, community outreach professionals and Family Services support staff. The organization operates under the guidance of a governing board, in addition to medical, clinical and volunteer advisory committees.