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Welcome to Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency

Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency (LAORA), a Division of the Daughtry Family department of Surgery at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is one of the nation’s 58 federally designated organ recovery agencies certified and regulated by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Life Alliance is a tax-exempt, nonprofit service organization that has the unique role of saving lives through organ donation and transplantation, as well as providing organs and tissues for research to advance medical science. LAORA serves a population of more than 6 million in the six counties of South Florida, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. On this site you will find information about LAORA and organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. The site offers resources for health care professionals, donor families, transplant recipients and our many partners throughout the Florida community.

Here on our blog, we will update regularly with organizational news and stories of donation and transplantation, as well as Spanish-language posts for South Florida Spanish-speaking community.

Thank you for helping LAORA make the most of life through the gifts of organ, eye and tissue donation.

Mission Statement

Provide life-saving organs while caring for the families of organ, eye and tissue donors by turning tragedies into miracles.

Core Values

  • Transparency
  • Mutual Respect
  • Trust/Honesty
  • Selflessness
  • Accountability

Our History

In 1975 the first kidney transplant was performed at Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH). LAORA was founded in 1978. Currently LAORA provides a wide range of services in organ recovery including a close relationship with the UMTB Donor Services Foundation and the Florida Lion’s Eye Bank.

  • The first renal Allografts recovered and prepared by LAORA were transplanted in 1978.
  • In October of 1978 the following three individuals moved from the University of Minnesota transplant program to Miami: Dr. Joshua Miller (Medical Director), Les Olson (Director of Organ Procurement) and Ken Trachy (Director of Public Education). Those were the initial 3 employees of the newly born Miami OPO.
  • From 1979 to 1987 kidneys were the only organ transplanted at JMH.
  • In 1987 Dr. Miller and Dr. Burke (who was new to the program) performed the first liver transplant program.
  • In the summer of 1993 Dr. Andreas Tzakis was hired, and the liver program took off the ground as well.
  • LAORA officially became known as Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency around 2002, changing its name from University of Miami OPO.
  • LAORA is accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations in 2006.
  • In 2015, LAORA saved an amazing 449 lives thanks to 158 heroes who said yes to organ donation.
  • Today, LAORA’s leadership is committed to its mission of providing life-saving organs while caring for the families of organ, eye, and tissue donors by turning tragedies into miracles. Our leadership’s biographical information can be found here

In an effort to improve the quality of life and make transplants readily available to patients, LAORA has assisted in the organization of new procurement programs. It has also provided training for personnel from other procurement programs, and for surgeons interested in organ transplantation and procurement programming.

The personnel of LAORA can view the accomplishments of LAORA with pride. This could have been achieved only through the participation and collaboration of personnel on all levels. We look forward to the continuation of our activities and the service to the recipients and donor families.

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