Project ECHO® - Living Donation

Optimizing the Living Donor Experience from Referral to Donation.

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Program Details

A 60-minute case-based learning program with the goal of increasing living donor conversion rates.


Nationally recognized kidney health professional care team experts will address the spectrum of challenges (infrastructure, clinical, psychosocial) including:

  • Increasing living donor conversion rates at lower performing transplant centers
  • Identifying gaps between qualified donors vs when they drop out of process and strengthen the process
  • Examining current best practices to increase conversion rates
  • Collaborating with NKR to use existing data to increase conversion rates

In Partnership with the National Kidney Registry

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Target Audience

All transplant center healthcare professionals involved in the care of kidney patients awaiting a kidney transplant and living donors, including but not limited to:

  • Social Workers
  • Living Donor Coordinators
  • Transplant Administrators
  • Dietitians
  • Living Donor Advocates
  • Transplant Coordinators
  • Transplant Nephrologists
  • Advanced Practice Practitioners
  • Transplant Surgeons

Curriculum Topics Will Include:

  • Building Your Dream Team: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Living Donor Kidney Transplant
  • What Data Gives Top Transplant Centers Power in Improving Living Donation Rates?
  • Partnering with Your Donor: Shared Decision Making in Living Donation
  • The Value of Donor Mentorship
  • APOL1: Beneficial or Barrier?
  • The Donor with Obesity: Rule Out or Support Weight Loss Activities?

Free and Accredited

The entire healthcare team can obtain free CME/CEU’s for participating.

Easy to Participate

All you need is internet access, a camera, and audio!


View the full ECHO program calendar and topic listings. You can register for all the sessions by clicking the individual session link.

Case Submissions

If you’re facing a challenging case at your center, we’d like to help you! If you’re experiencing issues with donors, the living donation process, or infrastructure challenges, submit a case and gain expert feedback from our Hub Committee Members and other participants.



Special thanks to our Advisor, Amy Waterman, for her assistance with this program. 

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This program is an example of our multifaceted efforts in upholding an unwavering commitment towards achieving KIDNEY EQUITY FOR ALL.