Let’s Explore Transplant Together.
Explore Transplant is a family of educational programs to help people with kidney failure and their family and friends make informed choices about transplant and living donation. These programs are available for organizations serving kidney patients and patients and families directly. Founded by Dr. Amy Waterman, one of the nation’s leading experts in transplant education, Explore Transplant’s education programs and training seminars have benefited tens of thousands of kidney patients served by more than 120 transplant centers and 3,000 dialysis centers since 2009.
for Kidney Patients, Family and Friends
Explore Transplant, our flagship program, has helped tens of thousands of kidney patients nationwide make an informed choice about their treatment options. The centerpiece of the program, which is available in English and Spanish, is a series of four videos that guides individuals through their transplant decision-making process, enabling each to decide whether to stay on dialysis or pursue a deceased or living donor kidney transplant.
Explore Living Donation helps kidney patients make informed decisions about whether to receive a living donor transplant and practical strategies for how to find a living donor. It also educates potential living donors and recipients about the risks and benefits of donating a kidney.
for Patient Care Providers
Working in partnership with transplant centers, organ procurement organizations, and community organizations nationwide, Explore Transplant Training Seminars prepare dialysis and nephrology providers to effectively educate their patients about transplant. Master Trainers with extensive experience in transplant outreach and dialysis social work conduct the one-day seminars, which conclude with distribution of the Explore Transplant Education Program (in English and Spanish) for providers to use in their facilities.
Insights from Kidney Recipients, Living Donors and Transplant Professionals
Amy Waterman, PhD
Every day I see the possibility that 400,000 patients who live without functioning kidneys could get kidney transplants if they chose to do so.
For inspiration these patients could look to Martha, one of my dialysis patients. Three times a week, for three hours a day, all of her blood was removed from her body and filtered through a machine to remove toxins. She had to sleep in her car afterwards to recover enough energy to drive home.
As one health issue mounted on top of the next, I did not have time to process the reality of my life as an 18- and 19-year-old. I was battling polycystic kidney disease, in addition to many other health hurdles, and had been in the hospital close to one year. While my kidneys were functioning at 60 percent, the cysts on my kidneys would not stop bleeding. My team of doctors at Johns Hopkins made the difficult yet life-saving decision to remove both of my kidneys. I was immediately placed on dialysis.
I was originally inspired to be a living donor by reading a Sports Illustrated article by Rick Reilly. But it was also an act closely tied to my faith as a Christian. After reading Rick’s article I prayed about it, and spoke with my mom after praying about it. Years passed before my friend Dale got sick, but by then I had already made up my mind.
“I believe that every patient has the right to make an informed transplant choice. I also believe that if we all work together, we can dramatically increase the number of patients benefiting from transplants.”
~ Amy Waterman, PhD
Founder, Explore Transplant