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Explore Transplant is a national consortium of leading experts in transplant, health literacy, and research. Our commitment is to provide you with the best education and decision-making tools available.

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4 days ago

Our founder and director Dr. Amy Waterman was recently interviewed on KOST 103.5's "The Sunday Journal" with Kari Steele to discuss the importance of listening to patient and donor stories featured on our Living Donation Storytelling Project. Tune in at
https://kost1035.iheart.com/featured/…
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Our founder and director Dr. Amy Waterman was recently interviewed on KOST 103.5s The Sunday Journal with Kari Steele to discuss the importance of listening to patient and donor stories featured on our Living Donation Storytelling Project. Tune in at
https://kost1035.iheart.com/featured/the-sunday-journal/content/2019-05-16-transplant-research-and-education-center-at-ucla/

1 week ago

Today we listened to Janet K. Han, MD, FACC, FHRS, talk about "Harnessing the Power of Healthcare Social Media" during @dgsomucla Grand Rounds. Learning about new ways to use social media to engage and educate providers, patients, and the public. ⁠ ... See MoreSee Less

Today we listened to Janet K. Han, MD, FACC, FHRS, talk about Harnessing the Power of Healthcare Social Media  during @dgsomucla Grand Rounds. Learning about new ways to use social media to engage and educate providers, patients, and the public. ⁠

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Patients education, extremity important!

2 weeks ago

Dr. Amy Waterman & Jen Beaumont of TREC attended the Living Donation Collective meeting, led by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). The goal is to follow all living donors long-term to monitor and ensure their safety. The transplant center @UCLAhealth is one of 10 centers participating in the pilot, with plans for national expansion. #livingdonation #donoroutcomes #donorprotections ... See MoreSee Less

Dr. Amy Waterman & Jen Beaumont of TREC attended the Living Donation Collective meeting, led by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). The goal is to follow all living donors long-term to monitor and ensure their safety. The transplant center @UCLAhealth is one of 10 centers participating in the pilot, with plans for national expansion. #livingdonation #donoroutcomes #donorprotectionsImage attachment

3 weeks ago

Our partners at the National Kidney Registry announced that all donors involved in NKR swaps will be provided Donor Shield protections including lost wage reimbursement. Dr. Amy Waterman, Research Director at NKR, & the TREC team are so elated to see these new measures in place to support all donors! ... See MoreSee Less

Our partners at the National Kidney Registry announced that all donors involved in NKR swaps will be provided Donor Shield protections including lost wage reimbursement. Dr. Amy Waterman, Research Director at NKR, & the TREC team are so elated to see these new measures in place to support all donors!

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This is GREAT news! Thanks for sharing Michelle Hibbs Crawford!

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4 weeks ago

Did you hear? UCLAHealth was ranked 3rd for Nephrology and 10th for Urology out of more than 4,500 hospitals! And No. 1 in California overall by U.S. News and World Report. We're celebrating our committed providers, care teams, researchers, and educators who make this possible! ... See MoreSee Less

Did you hear? UCLAHealth was ranked 3rd for Nephrology and 10th for Urology out of more than 4,500 hospitals! And No. 1 in California overall by U.S. News and World Report. Were celebrating our committed providers, care teams, researchers, and educators who make this possible!

4 weeks ago

Our colleague Dr. Jeffrey Veale, director of the UCLA Kidney Transplantation Exchange Program, has been busy dispelling common misconceptions about organ donation on The Doctors TV show. https://bit.ly/2YkI0T0 ... See MoreSee Less

Our colleague Dr. Jeffrey Veale, director of the UCLA Kidney Transplantation Exchange Program, has been busy dispelling common misconceptions about organ donation on The Doctors TV show. https://bit.ly/2YkI0T0

1 month ago

Were you part of a kidney swap or kidney chain? Would you like to help us improve educational resources for future donors and recipients? Take the survey above to learn about how you can get involved in our research, or DM us for details. 👩‍🔬💚 ... See MoreSee Less

Were you part of a kidney swap or kidney chain? Would you like to help us improve educational resources for future donors and recipients? Take the survey above to learn about how you can get involved in our research, or DM us for details. 👩‍🔬💚

2 months ago

The TREC Team had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday with our partner and Terasaki Research CEO, Dr. Hardy, at the annual summer BBQ potluck last week ... See MoreSee Less

The TREC Team had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday with our partner and Terasaki Research CEO, Dr. Hardy, at the annual summer BBQ potluck last week

2 months ago

Do you think this is a myth or a fact? Watch to find out! #kidneymythmonday 💚😊 ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Hundreds of thousands of patients are in need of a kidney here in the United States. Living donation can solve the organ donor shortage. Visit explorelivingdonation.org to learn more about living donation! 💚😊 ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

As researchers of kidney disease, kidney donation, and kidney transplant, we are continuously in awe of the human body! Listen to Christina's full donation story at http://explorelivingdonation.org/videos/christina/ 💚🔗😊 ... See MoreSee Less

As researchers of kidney disease, kidney donation, and kidney transplant, we are continuously in awe of the human body! Listen to Christinas full donation story at http://explorelivingdonation.org/videos/christina/ 💚🔗😊

2 months ago

Kidney paired exchange allows you to not only help your intended recipient but someone else in the process! Learn more about paired exchange on our website, exploretransplant.org 💚😊 ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Want to hear more advice from people impacted by living kidney donation? Visit our storytelling library at explorelivingdonation.org/videos/amanda 😊💚 ... See MoreSee Less

Want to hear more advice from people impacted by living kidney donation? Visit our storytelling library at explorelivingdonation.org/videos/amanda 😊💚

2 months ago

Yesterday we presented our Quality Improvement project on Modular Education Redesign in collaboration with the UCLA Pancreas and Kidney Transplant Center as part of the LEAN Poster Session hosted by UCLA Health ... See MoreSee Less

Yesterday we presented our Quality Improvement project on Modular Education Redesign in collaboration with the UCLA Pancreas and Kidney Transplant Center as part of the LEAN Poster Session hosted by UCLA HealthImage attachmentImage attachment

2 months ago

Asking someone for a kidney can be scary! Why not get some advice from our Living Donation Storytellers? Visit explorelivingdonation.org to hear more stories! 🔗💚📖 ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Is kidney disease easy to diagnose? Watch this #kidneymythmonday to find out if this is a myth or a fact! 😊💚🔗 ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Our founder and director was featured on the cover of Indiana University's Alumni Magazine for her work in kidney transplant and donation education! 💚📷 ... See MoreSee Less

Our founder and director was featured on the cover of Indiana Universitys Alumni Magazine for her work in kidney transplant and donation education! 💚📷

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Congrats Amy! You have worked tirelessly trying to help others. So very grateful for your work and dedication to saving lives

awesome job! you are amazing!

Congratulations!! You are super awesome!

Congratulations!

Congratulations on making the cover Amy! Better than Vogue!

Awesome Amy!

Awesome and Wow. Congrats to you coming in from KY

Way to go Amy!!!!

Congrats Amy!!

Congratulations 🎉 Amy Waterman 👍

Awesome!

I love this Cover girl !

Yay Amy Waterman!

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2 months ago

What's life like post-kidney transplant? Hear from Ken and hundreds of other transplant recipients on our Living Donation Storytelling Library! 🔗😀explorelivingdonation.org/videos/ken/ ... See MoreSee Less

Whats life like post-kidney transplant? Hear from Ken and hundreds of other transplant recipients on our Living Donation Storytelling Library! 🔗😀explorelivingdonation.org/videos/ken/

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As the recipient of 3 kidney transplants, over 30 years, most recently 2016, I've always remarked at how crazy it is to go under, as a 3-4 on the quality of life scale and within, literally 3-4 hours, get your life back, as if someone flipped a switch and, viola, it's as if you were NEVER sick!!!! Like the miracle of birth, actually re-birth!! BOOM!!! I got my life back!! I will NEVER, EVER stop being in awe of kidney donors. You are God's very special angels, heroes each and every one of you. As my dear friend Dr. David Serur says, " yeah, how about these donors".

2 months ago

One of the best parts of research is sharing your findings with others! Thank you David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for putting on a fantastic research symposium! 😀👨‍🔬💚 ... See MoreSee Less

One of the best parts of research is sharing your findings with others! Thank you David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for putting on a fantastic research symposium! 😀👨‍🔬💚Image attachmentImage attachment

2 months ago

Did you know you can do dialysis at home? Check out this week's #kidneymythmonday to learn more! 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

Transplant news

INSIGHTS FROM KIDNEY RECIPIENTS, LIVING DONORS AND TRANSPLANT PROFESSIONALS

  • My Transplant Coach – A decision aid for patients with kidney failure

    My Transplant Coach – A decision aid for patients with kidney failure

    Patients with kidney failure have different options when choosing the treatment they feel is best for them, and it’s not always an easy choice to make. According to Dr. Amy Waterman, Professor in the Division of Nephrology at UCLA, and Director of the Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC) at the Terasaki Research Institute, “Patients want to choose the treatment options for kidney failure that help them live the longest. To do that, they have ... Read MoreLearn more
  • Dr. Amy Waterman named the 2019 AST Clinician of Distinction

    Dr. Amy Waterman named the 2019 AST Clinician of Distinction

    We are excited to announce that Dr. Amy Waterman has been named the recipient of the 2019 Clinician of Distinction Award by the American Society of Transplantation(AST)! Each year the award is presented to a non-physician clinician who is an expert in their field and who is making outstanding contributions to clinical transplant. This year Dr. Waterman was nominated by Dr. Matthew Cooper, a longtime friend and colleague, and a professor of surgery and the ... Read MoreLearn more
  • Karen Willis: living kidney donor

    Karen Willis: living kidney donor

    Karen’s story was featured in the documentary The Chain. Ventura, CA – “Many years ago, my husband and I were talking about doing a good deed for someone else,” recalled Karen Willis. “We wanted to help a complete stranger in a big, life-changing way.” Years later, Karen, 48, and her husband Joshua decided on a health-related good deed, and from there the idea of donating a kidney came very quickly. Many people in need of a ... Read MoreLearn more