Amy D. Waterman

Amy D. Waterman, PhD, FAST

Professor of Outcomes Research in Surgery, Academic Institute
Full Member, Research Institute
Director, Patient Engagement, Diversity, and Education, Department of Surgery
Houston Methodist


Dr. Waterman is a national innovator, a Full Professor, and the Division Chief for Patient Engagement and Diversity, representing both J.C. Walter Transplant Center at Houston Methodist Hospital and the Center for Outcomes Research at the Houston Methodist Research Institute. 

As a Health Services Researcher and Social Psychologist, she has conducted research in areas including how best to expand access to optimal treatments, reduce racial disparities, ensure informed decision-making, ensure patient-centered care, and improve health outcomes.  Her work also examines the effectiveness of educational and multilevel interventions to improve care delivery and reduce racial disparities in access to optimal treatment outcomes.  She has been the Principal Investigator on 10 federal grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has published more than 125 journal articles and book chapters, and has designed and tested the efficacy of a suite of innovative educational resources including mobile decision aid applications, a digital storytelling application, and texting interventions about living donation. These award-winning resources have been translated into multiple languages and delivered to patients in thousands of clinical settings in the United States, Canada and online. Her research has been supported by almost $30 million in grants. 

She is also a national policy leader in the area of transplantation, having served on multiple national committees for the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), The Transplantation Society (TSS), and the American Society of Transplantation (AST). She co-chaired national workgroups for the AST’s Consensus Conference on Best Practices in Live Kidney Donation, which established a set of recommendations for optimal transplant education, and for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) End-Stage Renal Disease Access to Kidney Transplantation to develop quality metrics for transplantation within dialysis centers. She served as a keynote speaker at the White House’s Organ Donation Summit, after which she led the design and development of a national, web-based clearinghouse of educational resources about kidney transplant and living donation which launched online by UNOS.  Finally, she continues to serve as an AST Fellow and received the 2019 AST Clinician of Distinction Award for national influence in transplantation by a non-physician.  Prior to joining the faculty at Houston Methodist Research Institute, she was a faculty member at both the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Areas Of Expertise

Disparities Patient education design Patient engagement Living donation Health communication community engagement Multilevel interventions Behavioral Change

“Positive Kidney Health”: Implementation and design of a pharmacist-led intervention for patients at risk for development or progression of chronic kidney disease
Vu, A, Nicholas, SB, Waterman, AD, Madievsky, R, Cheng, F, Chon, J, Fu, JY, Mangione, CM, Norris, KC & Duru, OK 2023, , Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.

Living Kidney Donation Stories and Advice Shared Through a Digital Storytelling Library: A Qualitative Thematic Analysis
Davis, LS, Iraheta, YA, Ho, EW, Murillo, AL, Feinsinger, A & Waterman, AD 2022, , Kidney Medicine, vol. 4, no. 7, 100486.

Stressors and Information-Seeking by Dialysis and Transplant Patients During COVID-19, Reported on a Telephone Hotline: A Mixed-Methods Study
Arevalo Iraheta, YA, Murillo, AL, Ho, EW, Advani, SM, Davis, LS, Lipsey, AF, Kim, M & Waterman, AD 2022, , Kidney Medicine, vol. 4, no. 7, 100479.

Effectiveness of a Targeted Media Campaign on Engagement and Interest in Living Donation
Waterman, AD, Davis, LA & Livingston, A 2022, , American Transplant Congress, Boston, United States, 6/4/22 - 6/7/22.

Do Videos Work Better Than Digital Ads at Reaching Audiences? Examining Which Message Types Engage and Encourage Further Exploration of Living Donation
Waterman, AD, Davis, LA & Livingston, A 2022, , American Transplant Congress, Boston, United States, 6/4/22 - 6/7/22.

Nutrition Therapy as a Critical Component for Protecting the Health of Living Donors
Moore, LW, Waterman, A & Kalantar-Zadeh, K 2022, , Journal of Renal Nutrition, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 265-267.

The Knowledge Assessment of Renal Transplantation (KART) 2.0 Development and Validation of CKD and Transplant Knowledge Scales
Waterman, AD, Nair, D, Purnajo, I, Cavanaugh, KL, Mittman, BS & Peipert, JD 2022, , Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 555-564.

Protocol for a Process Evaluation of the Quality Improvement Intervention to Enhance Access to Kidney Transplantation and Living Kidney Donation (EnAKT LKD) Cluster-Randomized Clinical Trial
Yohanna, S, Wilson, M, Naylor, KL, Garg, AX, Sontrop, JM, Belenko, D, Elliott, L, McKenzie, S, Macanovic, S, Mucsi, I, Patzer, R, Voronin, I, Lui, I, Blake, PG, Waterman, AD, Treleaven, D & Presseau, J 2022, , Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease, vol. 9.

Findings of living donation experiences shared on a digital storytelling platform: A thematic analysis.
Ho, E, Murillo, AL, Davis, LA, Iraheta, YA, Advani, S, Feinsinger, A & Waterman, AD 2022, , PEC Innovation, vol. 1, 100023, pp. 1-8.

Risk aversion in the use of complex kidneys in paired exchange programs: Opportunities for even more transplants?
Roll, GR, Cooper, M, Verbesey, J, Veale, JL, Ronin, M, Irish, W, Waterman, AD, Flechner, SM & Leeser, DB 2022, , American Journal of Transplantation, vol. 22, no. 7, pp. 1893-1900.

A Transplant Recipients International Organization Initiative to Improve Education About Posttransplant Cancer Risk, Prevention, and Treatment
Gleason, J, Ho, E, Pines, R, Gregorowicz, P, Wood, EH & Waterman, AD 2022, , Progress in Transplantation, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 174-178.

Enhance Access to Kidney Transplantation and Living Kidney Donation (EnAKT LKD): Statistical Analysis Plan of a Registry-Based, Cluster-Randomized Clinical Trial
Dixon, SN, Naylor, KL, Yohanna, S, McKenzie, S, Belenko, D, Blake, PG, Coghlan, C, Cooper, R, Elliott, L, Getchell, L, Ki, V, Mucsi, I, Nesrallah, G, Patzer, RE, Presseau, J, Reich, M, Sontrop, JM, Treleaven, D, Waterman, AD, Zaltzman, J & Garg, AX 2022, , Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease, vol. 9, pp. 20543581221131201.

Understanding Patients' and Living Donors' Kidney Paired Donation Educational Experiences and Recommendations for Improvement
Pines, R, Iraheta, YA, Dahmani, KA, Cooper, M & Waterman, AD 2021, , Progress in transplantation (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), pp. 15269248211064878.

Providers and Families Weigh in on Delays to Pediatric Kidney Transplant Wait-List Activation
Farkas-Skiles, CM, Feinsinger, A, Pines, R & Waterman, AD 2021, , Progress in transplantation (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), pp. 15269248211064875.

Wages, travel, and lodging reimbursement by the National Kidney Registry: An important step toward financial neutrality for living kidney donors in the United States
Garg, N, Waterman, AD, Ranasinghe, O, Warnke, L, Morris, J, Cooper, M & Mandelbrot, DA 2021, , Transplantation, vol. 105, no. 12, pp. 2606-2611.

Religious service attendance and mortality among adults in the United States with chronic kidney disease
Bruce, MA, Thorpe, RJ, Kermah, D, Shen, J, Nicholas, SB, Beech, BM, Tuot, DS, Ku, E, Waterman, AD, Duru, K, Brown, A & Norris, KC 2021, , International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 18, no. 24, 13179.

Storytelling to Inspire Dialysis Patients to Learn about Living Donor Kidney Transplant
Wood, EH, Waterman, AD & Pines, R 2021, , Blood Purification, vol. 50, no. 4-5, pp. 655-661.

How Can We Help Alleviate the Financial Concerns of Non-Directed (Altruistic) Living Kidney Donors?
Maghen, A, Mendoza, G, Vargas, GB, Connor, SE, Nassiri, S, Kwan, L, Wood, EL, Lalezari, J, Friedman, S, Waterman, AD, George, S, Maliski, SL & Veale, JL 2021, , Progress in Transplantation, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 19-26.

Ensuring the need is met: A 50-year simulation study of the National Kidney Registry’s family voucher program
Cooper, M, Leeser, DB, Flechner, SM, Beaumont, JL, Waterman, AD, Shannon, PW, Ronin, M, Hil, G & Veale, JL 2021, , American Journal of Transplantation, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 1128-1137.

Your Path to Transplant: A randomized controlled trial of a tailored expert system intervention to increase knowledge, attitudes, and pursuit of kidney transplant
Waterman, AD, Peipert, JD, Cui, Y, Beaumont, JL, Paiva, A, Lipsey, AF, Anderson, CS & Robbins, ML 2021, , American Journal of Transplantation, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 1186-1196.