Helpful Links

University of Washington Medical Center - Part of the University of Washington, UW Medicine works to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty medical care to people of the region, and preparing tomorrow's physicians, scientists and other health professionals.

Donate Life America & Lifecenter Northwest - A nonprofit organization created to educate the Northwest community about organ and tissue donation.

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) - A nonprofit, scientific and educational organization that administers the nation's only Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

OPTN MELD/PELD Calculator - Calculate MELD and PELD scores, which are used to determine allocation for liver transplants.

Transplant Support Groups

UW Medical Center Liver Transplant Support Group - Plaza Café conference room at UWMC. Meets first and third Tuesday of every month from 4 to 5 pm. Call Sara Houck, (206) 598-3870.

UW Medical Center Lung Transplant Support Group - Plaza Café conference room C at UWMC. Meets second Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Call Angela Wagner, (206) 598-2676.

UW Medical Center Heart Transplant Support Group - Plaza Café conference room at UWMC. Call Alice Chang, (206) 598-6591.

Heart-Beats: Support for Heart Transplant Patients - An online support and resource group for heart transplant patients, and their families, caregivers, and friends.

UW Medical Center Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group - Plaza Café conference room C at UWMC. Meets last Tuesday of every month from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Call Jennifer Hayes or Carolyn Spada, (206) 598-4967.

Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Patient Support Group - Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 6th floor room 23. Meets Thursdays from 11:30am to 12:30 pm. Caregivers are welcome. For more information call the SCCA Patient Navigator, (206) 288-2081.

Kidney Transplant Support - Contact Jeff Harder, (206) 598-4676

Transplant Stories

SWIM: A Memoir of Survival - SWIM is a self-published memoir by Bill Coon that documents his battle with end-stage heart and kidney failure and his 70-day hospital stay in the ICU. The book is told through both short stories and personal journal entries, which detail his wait for two life-saving transplants. SWIM was written to bring hope to anybody facing any form of illness, hopefully aiding individuals in their struggle by providing a form of support system, and the comfort in knowing that they are not alone.

Video: New Lungs: A Gift of Life - University of Washington's Dr. Ganesh Raghu discusses the care and treatment of patients before and after lung transplantation. Dr. Mike Mulligan and the UW Medical Center transplantation teamwork against the clock to procure and transplant a set of lungs in this complicated, multiple surgery procedure.