Let’s Explore Transplant Together

Explore Transplant helps patients with kidney failure, families, friends, living donors and providers understand all of the available transplant options in order to make the most informed healthcare decisions. Our educational programs are available for organizations serving kidney patients and families directly. Founded by Dr. Amy Waterman, one of the nation’s leading experts in transplant education, Explore Transplant trainers have conducted 120 training seminars in partnership with more than 50 transplant centers, organ procurement organizations, foundations and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Networks. Explore Transplant and its sister program, Explore Living Donation, have educated more than 4,000 providers, leading to better transplant education for over 28,000 kidney patients.


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Women are powerful, both in forwarding the field of transplant and protecting those without equal access to it. Proud to be on the TTS Women in Transplantation Steering Committee. Thanks to Dr. Elaine Reed for the opportunity! via Amy Waterman ... See MoreSee Less

Reflections from the Field


From the Founder

  • Kidney transplant and donation education goes national

    Kidney transplant and donation education goes national

    Have you ever wondered why people choose to donate a kidney? And whether these donors regret their decision later? Amy Waterman first became interested in organ donation over 20 years ago when she conducted surveys of kidney donors as a graduate student in social psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. “It was amazing that hundreds of living donors we ... Read MoreView Story

Transplant News

  • Proposed Law Would Protect Living Donors

    Proposed Law Would Protect Living Donors

    Until 2014, a living organ donor could be refused health insurance on the grounds that the donation constituted a pre-existing condition. While the Accountable Care Act effectively eliminated that discrimination, some donors still have trouble getting insurance. It could be that smaller companies that don’t know the law, or others continue to charge donors higher premiums. Donors can also have ... Read MoreView Story

Donation Stories

  • Each Transplant a Joy

    Each Transplant a Joy

    For former dialysis social worker, Marianne Wilson, there was always a compelling connection between the study of human society, its cultures, healthcare, and human behavior—so much so that an undergraduate degree in anthropology blossomed into a post-college job helping low income city homeowners in St. Louis and shortly thereafter, a degree in social work with a health concentration. “Choosing the ... Read MoreView Story
Dr. Amy Waterman and her TREC team work to understand and overcome the critical, modifiable barriers affecting kidney transplant rates and outcomes in the United States and around the world.

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We are now in a strategic collaboration with the Terasaki Research Institute.

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