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Study Looking for Living Kidney Donors With End-Stage Renal Disease

[Note: If you or anyone you know is a living kidney donor with ESRD, please contact this group as soon as possible. Everything contributed will help hundreds of thousands of current and future U.S. living kidney donors]


A group of nephrologists, transplant surgeons, and clinical researchers at the University of Chicago in collaboration with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are trying to understand why some former living donors develop ESRD. To that end, we are trying to locate former living kidney donors who have developed ESRD. There are at least 320 such individuals. We want to collect health history and to obtain a blood sample for genetic testing.

HOW TO HELP: If you have treated or know of a former living donor now in ESRD, please contact us and we will give you more information about the study and how to help us recruit your patient(s). Even if the patient is deceased, we still want some basic demographic information for our study so please contact us.

You can reach Dr. Lainie Ross by email: or by phone 773-702-6323. You can also contact the research assistant, Michael Poulson by email: or by phone at 773-834-7545. We will send you more information and discuss the study in more detail.


ESKD in Living Kidney Donors Study Group at the University of Chicago

Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD
Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Ethics
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine and Surgery

J. Richard Thistlethwaite Jr, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Surgery, Section of Transplantation

Yolanda T. Becker, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program

Michelle A. Josephson, MD
Professor of Medicine, Section of Nephrology
Medical Director, Kidney and Kidney-Pancreas Transplantation

Nicole Stankus, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Medicine, Section of Nephrology
Medical Director, DaVita Stony Island Dialysis Center

Milda Saunders, MD, MPH
Living Donor Advocate, University of Chicago Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine and MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics



PS. For information related to living kidney donors with end-stage renal disease, see:

Living Kidney Donors Listed for Transplant, part I

Living Kidney Donors Listed for Transplant, part II

Minority Living Kidney Donors With End-stage Renal Disease





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