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Classes and Support Groups for Kidney Transplantation

If you're interested in kidney transplants as a treatment option or in living kidney donation, UC San Diego Health's kidney transplantation program offers classes and support groups. For a current schedule or more information, call 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.

Virtual Kidney Transplant Education Class (Transplant 101)

Held one or two days per week in English and Spanish via Zoom video conference. This 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. This class is open only for patients who have been referred to our Center for Transplantation, and for their family or friends.

Virtual Support Group for Kidney Transplant Patients

One-hour meetings in English held quarterly, on alternating Mondays and Thursdays held via Zoom video conference. 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 transplant. Pre- and post-transplant patients, families and caregivers are welcome.

Weight Change Support Group

Our transplant dietitian offers strategies and tips to help you reach your weight goals. Patients, family and friends are welcome.

Contact Us

  • For more information on any of these classes, please call 858-657-7729.

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Give the Gift of Life: Living 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 and start the donor process.