12 Jul DCI Invited to White House Organ Summit on Reducing Organ Waiting List


Currently, only 2.6-percent of kidney patients nationwide receive a pre-emptive kidney transplant, a transplant prior to starting dialysis.  That’s not the number we want to see. In fact, this year, DCI’s goal is to quadruple that rate for patients.

Because of this ambitious goal, DCI was selected to participate in an Organ Summit hosted by the White House on June 13. The Administration called the event “another essential step toward increasing access to organ transplants and reducing the organ waiting list.”

At the summit, the Administration and private entities shared new visions and missions to improve outcomes for individuals waiting for organ transplants and to improve support for living donors. As part of the Nonprofit Kidney Care Alliance, DCI, along with Northwest Kidney Centers and The Rogosin Institute, pledged to launch new programs to increase access to transplantation for more than 4,000 chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients.

ReachTransplantGoalsDCI reported the expansion of its REACH Kidney Care Program to 27 communities in 17 states.  REACH will provide patient education and assistance to 2,500 patients with less than 30-percent of kidney function over the next year with the goal of increasing access to pre-emptive transplant before a patient needs dialysis.

“DCI is committed to educating our patients about all treatment options well before kidney failure occurs. If patients desire a transplant, we will equip them with the resources they need to discuss organ donation with potential living donors,” said Doug Johnson, MD, vice chair of the board at DCI.

“Patients with kidney failure face a variety of challenges, however, a lengthy wait time for a transplant shouldn’t be one of them,” continued Johnson. “We will work closely to delay kidney failure as long as medically possible through education and counseling of individuals in the chronic kidney disease stages. If kidney failure is unavoidable, our team will coordinate with transplant centers to ensure that patients are fully prepared for a transplant,” Johnson concluded.        

At the summit, three major actions were announced to reduce the organ waiting list:     

  1. Close the gap between the 95 percent of Americans who support organ donation and the roughly 50-percent who are registered.
  2. Invest in clinical research and innovation that could potentially increase the number of transplants by almost 2,000 each year and improve outcomes for patients.
  3. Facilitate breakthrough research and development with almost $200 million in investments.


It was an honor to attend the summit and meet with other organizations who share the same vision. DCI remains committed to working tirelessly to overcoming the barriers to organ donation, and we strive to make dialysis the short-term solution for those desiring a transplant. You can learn more about all of the goals outlined in The White House Organ Summit here: http://1.usa.gov/1VUWuVJ