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Clinical Social Worker, Living Donor Advocate
What is your job?
I am a Social Worker and Independent Living Donor Advocate for kidney donors. I perform psychosocial assessment to identify potential obstacles to donation, set action plans as needed, and assist the team in determining appropriateness to donate and in developing a treatment plan. I provide advocacy, assist donors and their families with managing and coping with the donation process before and after surgery. I also assist with identifying community resources, planning for surgery, identifying financial resources and dealing with emotional issues. The role of the Living Donor Advocate is to encourage accountability for the protection of living donors’ health and safety and ensure that principles of medical ethics and informed consent standards are applied to the practice of living donation.
When did you start working at Johns Hopkins?
When did you start working in transplantation?
What is your education?
I have a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
What else do you want people to know about you?
I am a Certified Clinical Transplant Social Worker and am on the executive committee for the Councile of Professional Living Donors Advocates (CPLDA), National Kidney Foundation. I am also a member of the Society of Transplant Social Workers and a member of the Council of Nephrology Social Workers.