Since 1976, the Mid-South Transplant Foundation has helped to facilitate the organ and tissue donation process between donor families and transplant recipients and promotes awareness of donation through public and professional education.
The Mid-South Transplant Foundation (MSTF) works to connect people in need of life-saving organ and tissue transplants with donors. We serve as an organ donor network for counties in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas, working diligently to establish close relationships with the hospitals and the communities we serve.
MSTF is committed to saving or improving the quality of lives for people in need of transplants, while also ensuring donors’ end-of-life wishes are fulfilled. We’re recognized by the United Network for Organ Sharing and certified by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.
MTSF promotes awareness of donation throughout the Mid-South and educates the public about the importance of organ and tissue donation, how the process works, and how to become registered donors. Learn more about how you can be part of this life-saving work.
Our story began in 1968, when a tissue typing laboratory was set up in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1970, Dr. Louis G. Britt performed the area’s first kidney transplant, followed by three more local kidney transplants that year.
Funding was a major obstacle because the procedure was still considered experimental by insurance companies. But in 1972, Medicare began covering the costs of dialysis and transplants, giving more people access to life-saving procedures. In 1976, Mid-South Transplant Foundation was established as a private nonprofit organ procurement organization.
We proudly remember our founder, Dr. Louis G. Britt (1931-2015), for his vision, dedication, leadership, and life-saving service to the community.