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Support groups

Why join a support group?

Transplant patients and their families can gain support from many different types of groups, including group gatherings, educational programs, one-on-one support, social activities, newsletters, written materials, Internet groups, and talking on the telephone. As patients’ transplant experiences continue, they often gain confidence and reach out others, in turn making lifelong friends, enjoying social activities and finding opportunities to promote the need for organ and tissue donation.

Support group

Hospital groups

Usually run by the hospital transplant coordinator, social worker or other member of the transplant team, these types of support groups may consist of patients who are pre- or post-transplant or are hospitalized with transplant-related problems. These types of groups also typically meet more frequently than non-hospital groups.

Local support groups

Usually run by transplant patient, these groups consist of pre- and post-transplant patients and their families. They allow members who have already had their transplant to help you with the adjustment to a more normal, everyday lifestyle. They usually have monthly meetings and special events.

Online support groups

These groups can provide you with a broad range of experiences from all over the world. In addition, Internet support groups allow allow you to ask personal questions in the comfort of your own home. You can find many Facebook and other social media sites that specialize by organ type or disease.

Professional organizations

Professional organizations provide educational seminars, materials and activities. They also may conduct fundraising to support research and help shape healthcare policy.

This listing is a public service. UNOS does not facilitate or endorse these support groups. Listing information is provided by the support groups and is only updated when we are informed of changes.

Page updated: April 6, 2023

Nationwide support groups

American Association of Kidney Patients


Phone: 800-749-AAKP

American Heart Association


Phone: 800-242-8721

American Liver Foundation


Phone: 800-465-4837

The Compassionate Friends, Inc.


Liver Transplant and Hepatitis C Online Support


National Kidney Foundation


Phone: 800-622-9010

Pancreatitis Online Support Group


Renal Support Network


Contact: Cher Thomas, Patient Outreach

Phone: 818-284-6763

Second Wind Lung Transplant Association, Inc



Transplant Recipients International Org.


Contact: Lorrinda Gray-Davis

Phone: 405-302-8400

  • Peer-to-Peer meeting for pre and post-transplant patients: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (CT). Zoom meeting ID 916-203-4133, password 85044.
  • Care partner/care giver meeting: 1st and last Wednesday of the month. Zoom meeting ID 826-9024-1864, password 85044.


No active support groups known in Alabama at this time.


AKPA Support

Alaska Kidney Patients Association, 205 E Dimod Blvd #820, Anchorage, AK 99501


Contact: Kristie Lemmon

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 907-333-2257


Lung Transplant Support & Education (Virtual)

Banner University Medical Center – Tucson, 1625 North Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719

Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix, Lung Institute, 755 E McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006


Contact: Andrea Burkholder, LCSW

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 520-694-5168

Lung Transplant Support Group

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, 350 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Contact: Kathy Lam, MSW, LCS

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 602-406-7009

Transplant Community Alliance (Virtual)

Open to all organ recipients

Currently meeting over Zoom. Various locations in Phoenix — coming soon.

Contact: Tila Achuff

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 602-277-2661


No active support groups known in Arkansas at this time.


Bay Area Association of Kidney Patients (Virtual)

  • Menlo Park: PO Box 2332, Menlo Park, CA 94026
  • Oakland: 350 Hawthorne Ave, Oakland, CA
  • Palo Alto: 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
  • Walnut Creek 


Contact: Debra Elmore

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 650-323-2225

Cedars Sinai Transplant Support Groups


A Gift of Heart – Organ Transplant and Donor Support Group

Orange, CA


Loma Linda Transplant Support Groups


  • Meets in person: 1st Monday of the month, 2:00-3:30 pm
  • Location: 197 East Caroline Street San Bernardino, CA 92408
  • Interested in attending, please email [email protected]

En español

  • Meets in person: 1st Wednesday of the month, 3:30–4:30 pm
  • Cuando: El primer miercoles de cada mes de 3:30 pm a 4:30 pm

Saddleback Kidney Support Group (Virtual)

Saddleback Church Peace Center, 1 Purpose Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630


Meeting over Zoom: 2nd Saturday of the month at 1 pm and 4th Monday of the month at 11 am. Meeting:

Contact: Helen Mills

E-mail: [email protected]

Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO)

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, P.O. Box 2804, Cupertino, CA 95015


Contact: Rose Cabral

UCLA Support Groups


UCLA Liver Transplant Support Group

UC San Diego Health System Liver Support Group

UC San Diego Health System, 4510 Executive Drive, Suite P7, San Diego, CA 92121

Contact: Vanessa Mulsow, LCSW

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 858-657-8073

UCSF Medical Center Organ Transplant Support Groups

UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA


UCSF Liver Transplant Support Group

UCSF Heart Transplant & VAD Support Group

UCSF Lung Transplant Support Group

West Los Angeles Hepatitis, Liver and Transplant Support Group

3131 N Arrowhead Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92405

Contact: Charles Butler

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 909-352-6264


American Transplant Foundation Transplant Support Group

Contact: [email protected]



No active support groups known in Connecticut at this time.


No active support groups known in Delaware at this time.

District of Columbia

Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute Support Groups

Why: The transplant process is both mentally and physically draining. Speaking to and hearing from others who are in a similar situation can be helpful and motivating.​

Kidney and Pancreas

  • Please note that all meetings will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice.
  • Audience: Kidney and pancreas transplant candidates and patients can share their transplant experiences and ask questions. All adult patients, families, and caregivers are welcome to join.
  • When: Monthly, alternating Wednesday and Thursdays from 5:00-6:30 PM (EST) on the 3 or 4th week of the month, please contact for specific schedule
  • Contact: Adam Manning, MSW, LGSW, LMSW (MD & VA)
  • Email: [email protected]


  • Please note that all meetings will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice.
  • Audience: Liver transplant candidates and patients can share their transplant experiences and ask questions. All adult patients, families, and caregivers are welcome to join.
  • When: Monthly, Third week, alternating between Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (EST), please contact for specific schedule.
  • Contact: Monica Hanza, MSW, LGSW
  • E-mail: [email protected]

Small bowel

  • Please note that all meetings will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice.
  • Audience: Small Bowel transplant candidates and patients can share their pre- and post-transplant experiences and ask questions. All adult patients, families, and caregivers are welcome to join.
  • When: Third Friday of the month, 12 PM to 1 PM (Eastern), please contact for specific schedule.
  • Contact: Claire Riesenberg, MSSW, LICSW
  • E-mail: [email protected]

Medstar Washington Hospital Center

Washington, DC 20010

Contact: Karen Wineguard

Phone: 202-877-3220


Organ Transplant Recipients of SW FL, Inc.


Renal Transplant Support Group

Halifax Health-Center for Transplant Services, Daytona, FL

Phone: 386-425 4650

Second Chance Support Group

Second Chance Jax, Jacksonville, FL 32224

Contact: Kristin Corlett

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 904-314-3436

UF Health – Shands Lung Transplant

PO Box 100223, Gainesville, FL 32610



Julie Redding, LCSW, CCTSW, ACM-SW,  Adult Lung Transplant Social Worker

Paula Johns, RN, MSN, Lung Transplant Coordinator

Tampa General Hospital’s Transplant Support Group


Transplant & VAD Support Group

Memorial Cardiac & Vascular Institute, 3501 Johnson St, Hollywood, FL 33021


Contact: Zanrieann Harrell, LCSW

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 954-265-6810


Brunswick Transplant Support Group

Brunswick, GA

Contact: Lea King-Badyna

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 912-269-9661


No active support groups known in Hawaii at this time.


No active support groups known in Idaho at this time.


Kidney and Pancreas Support Group

OSF St. Francis Kidney Transplant Services, Peoria, IL

Contact: Karen Welborn, MSN, RN, NEA-BC


Phone: 309-655-4101

Live Life! Pre- & Post- Transplant Support Group


Lung Transplant Support Group

University of Chicago Medicine, 5841 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago, IL 60637

Audience: Only for pre-transplant and post-transplant patients at University of Chicago



Organ Transplant Support, Inc.

PO Box 471, Naperville, IL 60566


Contact: Carol Olash, President

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 630-527-8640

Transplant Support Group of Illinois

Contact: Rich Barclay

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 847-680-4157

Transplant Support Group of Northern Illinois

Antioch, IL 60002

Contact: Carol Prebianca

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 847-838-4754


Indianapolis: IU Health Transplant Support Group

550 N. University Blvd. Rm 4157, Indianapolis, IN 46205

  • Please email Pat to learn about the meetings.
  • Contact: Pat Wilkins,
  • E-mail: [email protected]

Second Wind support group list



No active support groups known in Iowa at this time.


Liver Transplant Support Group

University of Kansas Hospital, 4000 Cambridge Street, Kansas City Kansas 66160

Contact: Kellie Elliott, LSCSW

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 913-588-4417


University of Kentucky HealthCare Support Groups


No active support groups known in Louisiana at this time.


No active support groups known in Maine at this time.


Quarter Century Club

Group of recipients that are 25 or more years post-transplant. Living donors for those recipients are also welcome.

415 Piedmont Avenue, Cumberland, MD 21502


Contact: George E Franklin 3rd

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 301-328-2601

TRIO Maryland

Transplant Recipients International Organization

822 Guilford Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202

Contact: Marty Maren – President

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 410-558-0451


Heart Transplant and LVAD Support Group for Patients and Families

University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Contact: Ruth Halben, LMSW

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 734-763-9788

Henry Ford Health Support Groups

Kidney/Pancreas Support Group

Contact: Patrick Williams, MSW, e-mail [email protected] or call 313-916-1290

Transplant Living Community


Lung Support Group

University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Contact: Amy Van Zee, LMSW

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 734-615-5334

Second Time Around Transplant Support Group (Virtual)

Spectrum Health


Phone: 616-391-2802

Transplant Connection (Virtual)

Beaumont Health, 3535 West 13 Mile Road-Suite 644, Royal Oak, MI 48073

Contact: Sophia Awan, LMSW

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 248-551-1201


University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview (Virtual)

420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Heart Transplant Support Group and VAD Support Group


Lung Transplant Support Group

MMC 181 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455



Transplant Support Group

University of MS Medical Center, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216


Phone: 601-984-5065


Barnes Jewish Hospital Support Groups

St. Louis, MO 63110

Heart Transplant & LVAD Support Group

Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Support Group

Liver Transplant Support Group

Lung Transplant Support Group

Second Wind Lung Transplant Association, Inc. (St. Louis)



No active support groups known in Montana at this time.


New Hearts Transplant Support Group

Contact: Lisa Carmichael


Email: [email protected]

Phone: 402-905-8077


No active support groups known in Nevada at this time.

New Hampshire

No active support groups known in New Hampshire at this time.

New Jersey

No active support groups known in New Jersey at this time.

New Mexico

Transplant Community Support Group

Organ Transplant Awareness Program of New Mexico


New York

Kidney Wellness and Transplant Support Group (Virtual)

Kidney Foundation of WNY, 462 Grider Street, Williamsville, NY 14221


Information: Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6pm on Zoom. We started a 501(c)3 organization named Kidney Health Together that provides healthy foods to dialysis patients and their families.

Contact: Barbara Breckenridge

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 716-510-6702

The Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute

The Mount Sinai Medical Center, 18 Handsome Ave, NY, NY 11784

Contact: Gipsy Castellanos

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 212-241-5872

Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian (Virtual)

3959 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

Pediatric Liver Transplant Support Group: Zoom meetings: first Monday of the month, 5 pm

Contact: Anna Rundle

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 212-342-3899 and 845-459-7243 (cell)

New York-Presbyterian Hospital Support Group listings


Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO)


Transplant Support Organization (TSO)


TRIO Manhattan Chapter

Transplant Recipient International Organization

PO Box 53 Lennox Hill Station, New York, NY 10021


Contact: Bethany Stout-Davie

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 917-468-4971

Staten Island Transplant Support Organization

Staten Island, NY 10314


E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 646-369-2290

North Carolina

Lung Transplant Class / Support Group

UNC Center for Transplant Care, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Contact: Laurie McDonald, LCSW, CCTSW, Transplant Case Manager

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 984-974-7599

North Dakota

Sanford Health Transplant Support Group

Fargo, ND 58102


Phone: 701-234-6715


Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO)

Greater Cleveland Chapter


Akron-Canton Chapter



Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO)

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Contact: Ben Babb


Phone: 405-302-8400

  • Peer to Peer meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm (CT) for pre- and post-transplant patients.
  • Care partner/caregiver meeting on 1st and last Wednesday of the month via Zoom.


Oregon Pulmonary Fibrosis/Lung Transplant Support Group

Tualitan, OR

Contact: Mike Henderson

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 503-936-8395



East of State College

Gift of Life Donor Program

Contact: Dwendy Johnson

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 215-557-8090

Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO)

Philadelphia Chapter


Contact: Bill Soloway

E-mail: [email protected]

Western PA

Western PA Kidney Support Groups

Pittsburgh, PA


Center for Organ Recovery and Education

Contact: Public Affairs at 412-963-3550

Puerto Rico

No active support groups known in Puerto Rico at this time.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Hospital Transplant Peer Support Group/Educational Series

Rhode Island Organ Donor Awareness Coalition


South Carolina

TransplantTalk SC (Virtual)

Information: Zoom meetings the last Tuesday of each month, 4:30 pm.


E-mail: [email protected]

South Dakota

No active support groups known in South Dakota at this time.


No active support groups known in Tennessee at this time.


Ascension Seton Heart Specialty Care & Transplant Center Support Groups

Heart Transplant Support Group (Virtual)

1301 W. 38th St. #514, Austin, TX 78705

Contact: Shay Rogillio, LCSW, CCTSW-MCS

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 512-681-0500

LVAD Support Group (Virtual)

Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, South Conference Room, 1201 W. 38th St., Austin, TX 78705

Contact: Shay Rogillio, LCSW, CCTSW-MCS

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 512-681-0500

Scott & White Multi-Organ Transplant Support Group

Scott & White Transplant Center, Temple, TX 76508

Information: Support group meets monthly every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Friday, 3:30 pm at Transplant Lodging Facility, Amy’s House

Contacts : Kim Castillo-Seely, Krystal Brown and Lindsay Deaton


E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 254-725-8912

West Texas Transplant Support Group

University Medical Center, 602 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79415

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 806-761-0710


No active support groups known in Utah at this time.


No active support groups known in Vermont at this time.


University of Virginia Health System Support Groups

P.O. Box 800191, Charlottesville, VA 22908

Heart/Lung Transplant Support Group

Contact: Bill Potts, LCSW

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 800-257-0757

Liver/Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Support Group

Contact: Melissa Dorris, LCSW

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 800-543-8814

Kidney and Liver Transplant Support Group

Hume-Lee Transplant Center, Richmond, VA

Contact: Sheila Bullock, MSW


E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 804-828-8193

Kidney Transplant Support Group

Henrico Doctor’s Hospital, VA Transplant Center, Richmond, VA

Contact: Elizabeth Harvell

Phone: 804-289-4941

Liver Transplant Support Group (Winchester)

Contact: Mary Reed

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 540-550-4652


Lung Transplant Support Group

University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Contact: Angela Wagner, MSW

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 206-598-2676

West Virginia

No active support groups known in West Virginia at this time.


Kids With Heart National Association for Children’s Heart Disorders

1578 Careful Drive, Green Bay, WI 54304


E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 800-538-5390

St. Luke’s Heart Transplant Support Group

Milwaukee, WI


Phone: 414-646-2550


No active support groups known in Wyoming at this time.

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