New free monthly webinars for patients and caregivers from American Kidney Fund spotlight living well with kidney disease


March 29 webinar series opener provides overview of chronic kidney disease and keys for successful disease management

ROCKVILLE, Md. (March 28, 2016) – The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is launching a monthly series of free, live, one-hour webinars for kidney patients and caregivers. Each month, leading subject-matter experts will share practical knowledge and advice on a wide range of topics.

Made possible by an educational grant from Amgen, AKF’s webinar series will kick off on Tuesday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET with “Chronic kidney disease: a general overview and keys for successful management.” Dr. Orlando Gutiérrez, a nephrologist and AKF’s Chair of Medical Affairs, will cover the stages of kidney chronic kidney disease, dialysis treatment options and how to get a kidney transplant. The webinar includes a 15-minute question and answer session.

The next two webinars in the series will take place in April and May, with additional webinars coming each month:

  • Tuesday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. ET: “I need a kidney transplant. Am I covered now? What about in the future?” Led by kidney transplant experts from the University of Michigan Transplant Center, this webinar will explain what transplant costs are covered by private insurance and Medicare, health insurance considerations for post-transplant, how to qualify for the transplant list and how to keep a transplanted kidney healthy.
  • Tuesday, May 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET: “Living with chronic kidney disease: The ups, downs and all arounds.” Led by Dr. Tiffany Washington from the University of Georgia’s School of Social Work, this webinar will help patients manage the emotional and social aspects of living with chronic kidney disease. Dr. Washington will discuss resources to help patients stay healthy psychologically.

Advance registration is required to participate in one of AKF’s live webinars. Learn more and register at Additionally, all webinars will be recorded and available for later viewing on AKF’s website.