Who We Are

Guided by Amy Waterman, PhD, Explore Transplant (ET) is a family of educational programs that ensure that transplant patients and living donors make informed treatment choices. ET’s educational resources include print brochures, videos, animated web applications, online web resources, and video storytelling applications in English and Spanish.

Dr. Waterman is an Associate Professor in Residence in the Division of Nephrology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is the Senior Quality Researcher of the UCLA Kidney Transplant Program, one of the largest and most successful transplant programs in the country, and is part of the UCLA CORE Kidney Program.

Dr. Waterman also serves as the Deputy Director of the Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC) at the Terasaki Research Institute (TRI). TRI continues the work of Dr. Paul Terasaki, a pioneer in the field of transplant, who worked to solve the major problems that limit the success of organ transplant. Explore Transplant aligns with the Institute’s vision to eliminate the organ donor shortage and end organ transplant failure.

ET’s programs are designed and tested by a national collaboration of leading kidney, transplant, and health literacy organizations. Health Literacy Media (HLM), a nonprofit communications firm, is an important partner in developing and disseminating ET’s educational materials nationally. HLM designs education using clear, simple communication strategies to make medical information more accessible to more people.

This partnership continues to expand to design new education and serve the needs of more kidney patients and living donors. We’ve only just gotten started.