Organ Donation

Nearly 10,000 New Yorkers are on waiting lists as the need for organ donations far exceeds the supply. One person who donates organs (hearts, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and intestines) can save up to eight lives. A tissue donor can improve 75 or more lives by restoring eyesight, helping fight infections in burn patients and preventing the loss of mobility and disability. Youth 16 year and older may now become organ donors.

NYS Public Health Law §4301
Effective 2/14/17, this law allows youth ages 16 and 17 to choose to be an organ donor.

NY Alliance for Donation (

The mission of the New York Alliance for Donation is to increase organ, eye, and tissue donation in NYS through advocacy, education, promotion, and research. Resources include Donation facts, professional and public education.

NYS Donate Life Website with Educator Resources

Curriculum Toolkit on Organ and Tissue Donation for NYS High School which includes PPT, infographic, service area map and general overview and strategies for incorporating organ donation into the health curriculum.

New York State Registry Information 

Page updated 10/19/18