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About Us

The Division of Transplantation (DoT) is within the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration's Healthcare Systems Bureau (HSB). DoT is the primary federal entity responsible for oversight of the nation’s organ and blood stem cell transplant systems and for initiatives to increase organ and blood stem cell donations in the United States.

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See where the DoT is located within HSB.

DoT Programs 

Organ Donation Public Awareness 
Educates the public and encourages more people to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors through various public outreach activities.

Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network  
Maintains the national transplant waiting list and distributes organs according to policies developed with input from the donation and transplantation communities and the general public.  

The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients
Provides analytical support to help the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network evaluate transplant policies and system performance.

C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program
Facilitates blood stem cell transplants from donors not related to the recipients.

Legislation and Policy

The field of organ and tissue donation and transplantation is one of the most regulated areas in health care today. State and federal legislation is in place to ensure the safest and most equitable system for donated organs (including bone marrow), and tissue allocation, distribution, and transplantation. 

Learn more about legislation for Organ Transplantation >
Learn more about legislation for Blood Stem Cell Transplantation >

Grants Programs and Research Reports

DoT sponsors grants and research projects aimed at reducing the gap between the demand for organs and the supply of donated organs. 

Learn more about DoT’s Grants and Research >

Secretarial Advisory Committees

Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT)
The Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT) advises the HHS Secretary on all aspects of organ donation, procurement, allocation, and transplantation. In this role, ACOT provides advice on ways to maximize the number of deceased donor organs made available for transplantation and to support the safety of living organ donation.

Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (ACBSCT)
The Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (ACBSCT) makes recommendations to the HHS Secretary and the HRSA Administrator on activities related to the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and the National Cord Blood Inventory.