About KidneyLink

Written and reviewed by top medical professionals from across the United States, KidneyLink is the only comprehensive resource on kidney transplantation for the millions of Americans affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD).

KidneyLink was created to cut through the clutter and confusion surrounding kidney transplants. The goal – help those in need of a kidney transplant easily and effectively navigate the three main options available – deceased, living and paired donation.

KidneyLink is a program for use by anyone desiring more information about the kidney transplant process. KidneyLink was created by and is maintained by the PKD Foundation, the only organization worldwide dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease (PKD), the leading genetic cause of kidney disease. Established in 1982, the PKD Foundation funds research, education, advocacy, awareness and support for the thousands of Americans with PKD – in addition to supporting programs like KidneyLink providing help and hope to millions more.

Advisory Committee

In addition, oversight from the PKD Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee, made up of 12 nephrologists from across the United States, KidneyLink is led by its own Advisory Committee, featuring:

Patrick G. Dean, MD Transplant Surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.,
and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
    Ronald D. Perrone, MD Associate Chief, William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology, Medical Director of Kidney Transplantation at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine


Sandra G. Amaral, M.D., M.H.S.
Pediatric Nephrologist at  
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology 
Department of Pediatrics, Emory University
Beatrice Goilav, M.D.
Attending, Pediatric Nephrology, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine





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