Did You Know?

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Wisconsin

In 2016 . . .
3,285 residents were newly diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease

6,416 total dialysis patients
58% men
42% women

The top causes of kidney failure:
Diabetes: 2,731 patients
Hypertension: 1,504 patients

1,796 Wisconsin patients are on the national transplant list
454 transplants were completed in Wisconsin

2016 Statistics from the Midwest Kidney Network and
the National Kidney Foundation

Obtain a Free Kidney Health Information Kit

To learn more about kidneys, diabetes and blood pressure, request your free Kidney Health Kit.
Email: or call: 414-897-8669 (800-543-6393 toll-free)

General Resources for Kidney Disease

National Kidney Disease Education Program
3 Kidney Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892
Toll free: 1-866-4-KIDNEY (1-866-454-3639)
Fax: (301) 402-8182

If you would like more information about specific types of kidney disease, visit the National Clearinghouse on Kidney and Urologic Disease.

Educational Programs in Wisconsin

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"LIVING WELL Before or After a Transplant"

These free educational programs feature  health and lifestyle topics that are of interest to any organ transplant recipient

All programs are free!  Programs  are held in various locations in Wisconsin.  Come early to network with other heart, lung, liver, pancreas and kidney transplant recipients.

Each program is also available LIVE ONLINE.

Registration for any of the programs is easy.  Call 414-897-8669 or email: 

Make sure you receive all program notices by completing our contact form.

image of an orange kidney shape with the words, Save a Life - It's in You.

Have you thought about saving the life of a family member or maybe even a stranger? Currently 2,115 men and women are on the waiting list in Wisconsin.  The NKFW offers FREE community educational programs where you can learn how living donation could help save a life today.

Click here for upcoming program information.

Wisconsin Dialysis Unit and Transplant Center Information

The Midwest Kidney Network is an organization established by the Federal government to improve the quality of dialysis and kidney transplant services for people with end–stage renal disease (ESRD).

Visit the Midwest Kidney Network's website if you want to:

  • find a dialysis unit in Wisconsin
  • review statistics about transplantation, dialysis or end-stage kidney disease in Wisconsin
  • talk to a patient advocate about care or policies at a Wisconsin dialysis unit

Midwest Kidney Network
1360 Energy Park Drive, Suite 200
Saint Paul, MN 55108
(800) 973-3773 For Patients/Caregivers

Solid Organ Transplant Centers in Wisconsin


600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792
Office: 608-263-1384
To Make a Referral
Kidney, Pancreas, Liver, Intestine: 608-263-9531
Heart: 608-263-1690
Lung: 608-265-5658

Social Workers: 
Amy E Thomas, CISW (pre-kidney): 608-261-1281

Erin Mathias, APSW (pancreas &
all pediatric transplant patients):

Cindy Wallace, LCSW (liver)

Living Donor Coordinator:
Cathy Werwinski, RN, BSN, MSM, CCTC: 608-261-0516

Living Donor Social Worker:
Megan Spina, LCSW:  608-720-2501


at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

Transplant Clinic
Specialty Clinics Bldg
4th Floor
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Office: 414-955-6920
Transplant Clinic 414-805-3100

Financial Liaisons:
Nancy Gaska:  414-805-0722
Lynne Heinz:  414-805-9848
Margo Perkins: 414-955-0724

Transplant Social Workers:
Ginny Korkko, MSW: 414-805-2839
Kelly Phoungphol, MSW, CAPSW: 414-805-2917
Allison Stephans, MSW, CAPSW: 414-805-3364

Transplant Dietitians:
Pamela Klossowski, RD: 414-805-2392
Susan Batchelder: 414-805-2392

Living Donor Kidney Program:
Elizabeth Lee, RN, BSN:  414-805-0488
Stacy Didier, RN, BSN: 414-805-0418


9000 W. Wisconsin Ave.
P.O. Box 1997
Milwaukee, WI 53201


2900 W. Oklahoma Ave, 5th Floor Galleria
Milwaukee, WI 53215

Transplant Social Worker
Jessica Berger-Martinez, APSW: 414-646-0597
Medical Social Worker, Abdominal Transplant Services

Living Donor Coordinator
Jeff Klister, RN: 414-646-0584

Organ Donation Resources

Becoming an Organ, Tissue or Eye Donor in Wisconsin

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government.

UNOS is involved in many aspects of the organ transplant and donation process:

  • Manages the national transplant waiting list, matching donors to recipients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Maintains the database that contains all organ transplant data for every transplant event that occurs in the U.S.
  • Develops policies that make the best use of the limited supply of organs and give all patients a fair chance at receiving the organ they need, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, religion, lifestyle or financial/social status.
  • Monitors every organ match to ensure organ allocation policies are followed.
  • Educates the public about the importance of organ donation.

Financial Assistance

Wisconsin Chronic Disease Program (WCDP)
The Wisconsin Chronic Disease Program (WCDP) offers Wisconsin dialysis patients and kidney transplant recipients a safety net of coverage for medications and other kidney-related treatments.

Dialysis or transplant social workers at any of Wisconsin’s units or transplant facilities can assist patients/recipients.

If you need immediate assistance, please call Provider Services at 1-800-947-9627 (enrollment/eligibility questions) or Member Services at 1-800-362-3002 (claims or reimbursement questions).

MediGap Helpline

Toll-Free:  1-800-242-1060

Are you a Medicare beneficiary?  Thinking about long-term care costs?  Looking for objective information about your insurance options?  This statewide toll-free helpline, operated by the Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care, can help you make informed insurance decisions.

To file a complaint about a specific insurance company or agency, contact the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance at 1-800-236-8517.

For hands-on assistance with Medicare enrollment, benefit applications or appeals, contact your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) or Aging Unit to speak with a benefit specialist.