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Receiving a Kidney Transplant During COVID-19


Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.

Receiving a Kidney Transplant During COVID-19


Eva Tak - Patient Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Transplant Recipient
Brenda Shephard, RN - Renal Transplant Outreach and Physician Education Coordinator, University of Virginia Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center


Eva Tak, was diagnosed with systemic lupus (SLE) IN 1984. She lives in Northern California and has used peritoneal dialysis, in-center hemodialysis, home nocturnal hemodialysis, and solo home hemodialysis. Eva recently received a kidney transplant. Eva volunteers with the ESRD Network 17 and the National Patient and Family  Engagement Learning and Action Network (NPFE-LAN) as an SME.

Barbara Shephard, RN is a Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator. For the past seven years, she has worked as the Renal Transplant Outreach and Physician Education Coordinator for the University of Virginia (UVA) Kidney Transplant Program. In this role, Barbara visits dialysis units and physician practices to provide coordination of care. She has been with the UVA Transplant Program since 1991. During her time with the UVA Transplant Program, she has provided pre- and post-transplant care for kidney, pancreas, and liver transplant patients.

Presentation Objectives:

The presenters will:

  • Share a patient's perspective for receiving a kidney transplant during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Discuss a transplant center's procedures during COVID-19
  • Help patients understand how to prepare for a kidney transplant during COVID-19