A New Simulation Model for Kidney Transplantation in the United States

Burhaneddin Sandikci, Sait Tunc, Bekir Tanriover

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The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has been using simulation models for over two decades to guide the evolution of organ allocation policies in the United States. UNOS kidney simulation model (KPSAM), which played a crucial role in the 2014 U.S. kidney allocation policy update, is also available to the general public as an executable file. However, this format offers little flexibility to its users in trying out different policy proposals. We describe the development of a discrete-event simulation model as an alternative to KPSAM. It is similar to KPSAM in incorporating many clinical and operational details. On the other hand, it offers more flexibility in evaluating various policy proposals and runs significantly faster than KPSAM due to its efficient use of modern computing technologies. Simulated results closely match actual U.S. kidney transplantation outcomes, building confidence in the accuracy and validity of the model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781728132839
StatePublished - Dec 2019
Event2019 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2019 - National Harbor, United States
Duration: Dec 8 2019Dec 11 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736


Conference2019 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNational Harbor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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