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Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Resources

Classes and Support Groups

Living Kidney Donation Seminar

Living donor kidney transplantation is increasing in the United States. The Center for Transplantation at UC San Diego Health System is an OPTN/UNOS-designated living donor kidney transplant program. We offer advanced minimally invasive surgery to living kidney donors. Topics covered include: - Kidney donor evaluation process - Benefits of living donation to the transplant recipient - Overview of the donation surgery - Post-operative recovery for the living donor. For more information, call 619-574-8612.

Information Meeting (Transplant 101)

Held three to four times a month in English and Spanish, Transplant 101 meetings provide a complete overview of kidney transplantation at UC San Diego Health System. We encourage pre-transplant patients and their family and friends to join us for this 90-minute session. Topics include your hospital stay, clinic visits, medication management, financial issues and the responsibilities of your care partner. Offered four times a month in English and Spanish by our transplant coordinators. For a current schedule, call 619-574-8612.

Transplant 102

Kidney Transplant 102 is a class about the transplantation process. Transplant patients share stories and questions. Here, you can come to understand what to expect the first three months after transplant. Families and friends are welcome. This class is highly recommended for all pre-transplant patients and their care partners. Offered every month in English and Spanish by a post-transplant nurse and transplant social worker. Contact Chris Frederici Hines, LCSW, at the Center for Transplantation for more information.  Call 619-574-8612.

Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Support Group

Want to talk to other transplant patients, hear their stories and share yours? This is an informal gathering to exchange information, ideas and experiences related to the challenges of ESRD, transplant and waiting for a transplant. Pre and Post-transplant patients and families are welcome. This support group is co-facilitated by a transplant social worker and transplant nurse. For a current schedule, call 619-574-8612.

Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Young Adult Support Group

Trying to fit being a "patient" into your life? This class is for young adults with kidney disease. Share questions not always addressed in general support groups and clinic settings. This class is facilitated by a transplant social worker. For a current schedule, call 619-574-8612.

Meet Your Transplant Pharmacist

Medication use after transplant can be complicated. Our transplant pharmacist offers this important class to help inform you about anti-rejection medications with tips for taking them correctly. The class is held quarterly in English and Spanish. Patients, families and friends are welcome. For a current schedule, call 619-574-8612.

Weight Change Support Group

At this meeting, our transplant dietician offers strategies and tips to help you reach your weight goals. Patients, family and friends are welcome.

Center for Transplantation - Patient Resources

Visit Center for Transplantation - Patient Resources for more information, including, medication assistance programs, nonprofits involved in raising funds for transplantation and more.

Visit Organ Donation and Allocation for resources and links related to procurement and national waitlist registry.


The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Division of the National Institutes of Health that conducts and supports research on kidney, urologic, hematologic, digestive, metabolic and endocrine diseases, as well as on diabetes and nutrition.

National Kidney Foundation
Dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.

John Brockington Foundation
A nonprofit whose mission is to provide financial and resource support for those donating, awaiting and/or receiving organs; and to promote health education to minority communities who are disproportionately represented on the transplant waiting list.


Kidney Pancreas Brochure Kidney and/or Pancreas Transplant
Patient Education Classes Brochure


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  • 619-574-8612
  • 888-UCSD-KD3 (827-3533)

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Give the Gift of Life

More than 100,000 people were on the waiting list for a kidney transplant in the United States in 2014, according to the National Kidney Foundation.

By making the voluntary decision to be a living kidney donor, you give a healthy kidney to a person who needs one. All potential donors are medically screened to protect their health and safety.

bulletStart the process of becoming a living kidney donor.