Amy D. Waterman

Amy D. Waterman, PhD, FAST

Deborah C. and Clifton B. Phillips Centennial Chair for Clinical Research in Transplant Medicine, J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center
Professor of Outcomes Research in Surgery, Academic Institute
Full Member, Research Institute
Director, Patient Engagement, Diversity, and Education, Department of Surgery
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Biography

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 Health Data Science and Analytics 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
Publications

Unraveling Barriers in Access to Living Donor Kidney Transplantation for South Asian Canadian Populations
Waterman, AD, Davis, LSA & Al Awadhi, S 2024, , American Journal of Kidney Diseases, vol. 83, no. 6, pp. 710-712. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ajkd.2024.01.519

National Attitudes Toward Living Kidney Donation in the United States: Results of a Public Opinion Survey
Kaplow, K, Ruck, JM, Levan, ML, Thomas, AG, Stewart, D, Massie, AB, Sung, HC, Pisano, SF, Sidoti, C, Segev, DL, Sinacore, J & Waterman, AD 2024, , Kidney Medicine, vol. 6, no. 3, 100788, pp. 100788. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xkme.2023.100788

Unrecognized opportunities: The landscape of pediatric kidney-paired donation in the United States
Verbesey, J, Thomas, AG, Waterman, AD, Karhadkar, S, Cassell, VR, Segev, DL, Hogan, J & Cooper, M 2024, , Pediatric Transplantation, vol. 28, no. 1, e14657. https://doi.org/10.1111/petr.14657

Utilizing Telenursing to Supplement Acute Care Nursing in an Era of Workforce Shortages: A Feasibility Pilot
Schwartz, RL, Hamlin, SK, Vozzella, GM, Randle, LN, Klahn, S, Maris, GJ & Waterman, AD 2024, , CIN - Computers Informatics Nursing, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 151-157. https://doi.org/10.1097/CIN.0000000000001097

Racialized and Immigrant Status and the Pursuit of Living Donor Kidney Transplant - a Canadian Cohort Study
Lui, E, Gill, J, Hamid, M, Wen, C, Singh, N, Okoh, P, Xu, X, Boakye, P, James, CE, Waterman, AD, Edwards, B & Mucsi, I 2024, , Kidney International Reports. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ekir.2024.01.044

Effectiveness of a targeted digital media campaign to reach and increase engagement in audiences interested in living kidney donation
Davis, LA, Waterman, AD, Livingston, A, Pines, R, Toprani, D, Nielsen, J, Gentili, M & Chen, X 2023, , Journal of Health Communication.

Effect of a Novel Multicomponent Intervention to Improve Patient Access to Kidney Transplant and Living Kidney Donation: The EnAKT LKD Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial
Garg, AX, Yohanna, S, Naylor, KL, McKenzie, SQ, Mucsi, I, Dixon, SN, Luo, B, Sontrop, JM, Beaucage, M, Belenko, D, Coghlan, C, Cooper, R, Elliott, L, Getchell, L, Heale, E, Ki, V, Nesrallah, G, Patzer, RE, Presseau, J, Reich, M, Treleaven, D, Wang, C, Waterman, AD, Zaltzman, J & Blake, PG 2023, , JAMA Internal Medicine, vol. 183, no. 12, pp. 1366-1375. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2023.5802

Evaluation Completion and Donation by Relationship Type: Identifying Opportunities for More Donors: American Transplant Congress, May, 2023, San Diego, CA
Meinders, AM, Graviss, E, Waterman, AD & Yi, S 2023, .

Predicting Evaluation Completion and Donation by Relationship Type: Identifying Opportunities for More Donors: American Transplant Congress, May, 2023, San Diego, CA.
Meinders, AM, Graviss, E, Gaber, AO & Waterman, AD 2023, .

“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, vol. 63, no. 2, pp. 681-689. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.japh.2022.11.007

Factors enabling transplant program participation in the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) Living Donor Collective: A national survey
Lentine, KL, Dew, MA, Xiao, H, Wisniewski, A, Levan, ML, Al Ammary, F, Sharfuddin, A, Axelrod, DA, Waterman, AD & Kasiske, B 2023, , Clinical Transplantation, vol. 37, no. 4, e14908, pp. e14908. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.14908

Temporal trends in kidney paired donation in the United States: 2006-2021 UNOS/OPTN database analysis
Garg, N, Thiessen, C, Reese, PP, Cooper, M, Leishman, R, Friedewald, J, Sharfuddin, AA, Nishio Lucar, AG, Dadhania, DM, Kumar, V, Waterman, AD & Mandelbrot, DA 2023, , American Journal of Transplantation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajt.2023.09.006

Knowledge About Renal Transplantation Among African, Caribbean, and Black Canadian Patients With Advanced Kidney Failure
Hamid, M, Gill, J, Okoh, P, Yanga, N, Gupta, V, Zhang, JC, Singh, N, Matelski, J, Boakye, P, James, CE, Waterman, A & Mucsi, I 2023, , Kidney International Reports, vol. 8, no. 12, pp. 2569-2579. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ekir.2023.09.018

Obesity in living donor candidates contributes to delayed kidney transplant opportunities: American Society of Transplant Surgeons Winter Symposium, Jan 2023
Meinders, AM, Moore, LW, Graviss, E, Gaber, AO & Waterman, AD 2023, .

Assessing Public Dialogue About Living Donation From Anonymous Reddit Users: Who’s In The Room And What Do They Share?
Nielsen, J, Davis, LA, Takachi, A, Gentili, M, Chen, X & Waterman, AD 2023, , American Transplant Congress 2023, 5/1/23.

National Attitudes Towards Living Kidney Donation in the United States: Results of a Public Opinion Survey
Kaplow, K, Ruck, J, Levan, M, Thomas, A, Stewart, D, Massie, AB, Sung, H, Frey, SE, Sidoti, S, Segev, DL, Sinacore, J & Waterman, AD 2023, , Kidney Medicine.

Utilizing Telenursing to Supplement Acute Care Nursing in an Era of Workforce Shortages: A Feasibility Pilot
Schwartz, R, Hamlin, SK, Vozzella, G, Randle, L, Klahn, S, Maris, G & Waterman, AD 2023, , CIN - Computers Informatics Nursing.

The Landscape of Pediatric Kidney Paired Donation in the United States
Verbesey, J, Thomas, AG, Waterman, AD, Karhadkar, S, Cassell, V, Segev, DL, Hogan, JM & Cooper, M 2023, , Pediatric Transplantation.

Aspects of living donor organ transplantation: Social issues
Waterman, AD, Wood, EH, Ho, E, Murillo, AL, Menser, T, Davis, LA & Advani, S 2023, . in R Gruessner & E Benedetti (eds), Living Donor Organ Transplantation. Elsevier.

The relationship between pre-transplant inflammatory markers and death with function after kidney transplantation.
Lorenz, E, Bentali, A, B, S, Park, W, Dhala, A, Waterman, AD, Kennedy, CC, Hickson, LJ, Rule, AD, Cheville, A, LeBrasseur, NK & Stegall, MD 2023, , Transplantation.