The Division of Transplantation (DoT) is within the Health Systems Bureau (HSB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. DoT is the primary federal entity responsible for oversight of the nation’s organ and blood stem cell transplant systems. DoT also implements programs and initiatives that increase organ and blood stem cell donations in the United States.
Why Our Work Is Important
DoT is our nation’s unifying voice for organ, eye, and tissue donation. We encourage donor registration with outreach efforts like organdonor.gov. By creating a big donor pool, we can help more people find matches for lifesaving transplants.
Leverages a multi-faceted outreach strategy to educate the public and encourage more people to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors.
Maintains the national transplant waiting list and distributes organs. Its policies are developed with input from the donation and transplantation communities and the general public.
Provides analytical support to help the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network evaluate transplant policies and system performance.
Facilitates blood stem cell transplants from donors not related to the recipients.
Legislation and Policy
Organ and tissue donation and transplantation are among the most regulated areas in health care. State and federal laws ensure a safe and fair system for donated organs (including bone marrow), and tissue allocation, distribution, and transplantation.
Grant Programs and Research Reports
DoT sponsors grants and research projects to reduce the gap between the demand for organs and the supply of donated organs.
Secretarial Advisory Committees
The Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT) advises the HHS Secretary on organ donation, procurement, allocation, and transplantation. ACOT provides advice on ways to maximize the number of deceased donor organs available for transplantation and to support the safety of living-organ donation.
The Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation makes recommendations about the activities of the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and the National Cord Blood Inventory. The council advises the HHS Secretary and HRSA Administrator.