Transplant Classes & Support Groups

If you're interested in transplants as a treatment option or in living kidney donation, UC San Diego Health's Center for Transplantation offers classes and support groups.

Kidney Transplant: Classes & Support Groups

For a current schedule or more information about these programs, call our Kidney Transplant Program at 858-657-7729.

Living Kidney Donation Seminar

Learn about all of the aspects of the kidney donor evaluation process, including the benefits of living donation, an overview of the donation surgery, and post-operative recovery for the living donor. Our living donor coordinators facilitate this class.

  • Two-hour classes held quarterly
  • Virtual, via Zoom
  • Open to all, including friends and family; registration required
  • 5-7 p.m. Pacific time, Thu., November 16: Register in advance

Kidney Transplant Education Class

This Transplant 101 class focuses on transplants as a treatment option. Our transplant coordinators provide a complete overview of the process. Topics covered include the evaluation process, how candidates are selected, what to expect while waitlisted, getting "the call," the surgery and hospital stay, postoperative care, financial issues and care partner responsibilities.

  • One-hour class held one or two days per week, in English and Spanish
  • Virtual, via Zoom
  • Open only to patients referred to our Center for Transplantation and their families and friends

Support Group for Kidney Transplant Patients

Our transplant social worker facilitates this informal gathering to exchange information, ideas and experiences related to the challenges of kidney disease, waiting for a transplant and life after a transplant.

  • One-hour meetings in English held quarterly, on alternating Mondays and Thursdays
  • Virtual, via Zoom
  • Open only to pre- or post-transplant patients and their families and caregivers

Weight Change Support Class for Kidney Transplant Patients

Our transplant dietitian offers strategies and tips to help you reach your weight goals. You must make an appointment.

  • 30-minute individual appointments once a month
  • By phone
  • Open only to pre- or post-transplant patients and their families and caregivers

Living Kidney Donation

Tens of thousands of people are on the waiting list each year for a kidney transplant in the United States in 2014. 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. Discover more about living kidney donation.

Give the Gift of Life

Liver Transplant: Classes & Support Groups

These classes and support groups are held by the Liver Transplant Program. To register, call 858-657-7728.


UC San Diego Health
4510 Executive Drive
Suite Plaza 7a Classroom (lower level)
San Diego, CA 92121

Liver Transplant Support Group

3rd Thursday of every month, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Liver Transplant Education Class

1st and 4th Monday of every month, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Lung Transplant: Support Group

Join our free support group for pre- and post-transplant patients held by the Lung Transplant Program.

  • When: 10 – 11:15 a.m. on the first Monday of every month, over Zoom.
  • Contact: To be added to the event email list, please email social worker Emily Reiss.
  • More information: Call 858-761-1747.

Become an Organ Donor

Thinking about becoming an organ donor? People of all ages and medical histories can consider themselves potential donors.

Learn About Organ Donation