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The Importance of Kidney Transplant and Referral Process During COVID-19


Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.

The Importance of Kidney Transplant and Referral Process During COVID-19


Sini Tharu, LSW - Social Worker, Freseniuis Medical Care - Bollingrook Dialysis
John Valencia, BA - Transplant-Strtegic Outreach Consultant, Rush University Medical Center


Sini Tharu is a Licensed Social Worker that has been working as a Renal Social Worker for Fresenius Kidney Care since 2004. She works with young adults, adults, patients and families providing education to patients on coping and adjusting with End Stage Renal Disease. Sini has over 20 years of experience in a variety of healthcare settings and works with the interdisciplinary team to identify effective interventions that will help patients meet their treatment goals and improve quality of life.

John Valencia has served as the Transplant Strategic Outreach Consultant for the Rush University Medical Center since 2009. He is responsible for educating the community about the importance of kidney, pancreas and liver transplant. John has worked in the Healthcare field for well over 20 years and currently serves as a Hispanic Advisory Council Member for the Cook County State’s Attorney.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters will:

  • Convey the benefits of getting patients on the transplant waitlist during COVID-19.
  • Discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on the transplant referral process.
  • Describe how a transplant center educates dialysis patients during the pandemic.

One CEU will be provided for attending this meeting.