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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 free 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. Our living donor coordinators facilitate this class.

  • Two-hour classes held quarterly
  • Virtual, via Zoom
  • Open to all, including friends and family; registration required

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

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.