Amy D. Waterman

Amy D. Waterman, PhD, FAST

Research Scientist, Research Institute
Director, Patient Engagement, Diversity, and Education, Department of Surgery
Houston Methodist


Dr. Waterman is a national transplant innovator 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 to understand factors affecting access to kidney transplantation, living donation, and paired donation.  Her work also examines the effectiveness of educational and multilevel interventions to improve transplantation outcomes, increase living donation rates, and reduce racial disparities in access to transplantation.  She has been the Principal Investigator on 9 grants from the NIH and HRSA, has published more than 100 journal articles 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, 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.

Areas Of Expertise

Living Donation Health Communication Patient Education Design Patient Engagement Disparities

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Outcomes of living liver donor candidate evaluations in the Living Donor Collective pilot registry
the Living Donor Collective participants 2021, , Clinical Transplantation.

Outcomes of Living Kidney Donor Candidate Evaluations in the Living Donor Collective Pilot Registry
Kasiske, BL, Ahn, YS, Conboy, M, Dew, MA, Folken, C, Levan, M, Israni, AK, Lentine, KL, Matas, AJ, Newell, KA, Lapointe Rudow, D, Massie, AB, Musgrove, D, Snyder, JJ, Taler, SJ, Wang, J & Waterman, AD 2021, , Transplantation Direct.

Discrepant subtyping of blood type A2 living kidney donors: Missed opportunities in kidney transplantation
Garg, N, Warnke, L, Redfield, RR, Miller, KM, Cooper, M, Roll, GR, Chipman, V, Thomas, A, Leeser, D, Waterman, AD & Mandelbrot, DA 2021, , Clinical Transplantation, vol. 35, no. 10, e14422.

Destination Transplant: Protocol for a Parallel-group Randomized Trial of an Educational Intervention to Increase Kidney Transplant among Black People on the Transplant Waiting List
Weng, FL, Davis, LA, Ohman-Strickland, PA & Waterman, AD 2021, , Transplantation Direct, vol. 7, no. 4, e683, pp. e683.