What You Need to Know

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Wisconsin

1,619 Wisconsin residents were newly diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure in 2014

933 (58%) were men
1,340 (83%) were 50 years of age or older

413 Kidney transplants were performed in Wisconsin.
6,058 children and adults rely on dialysis, an “artificial kidney” machine to live.

2,583 women
3,475 men

2014 (latest available) Provisional statistics from the Midwest Kidney Network

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 Green Bay, Milwaukee and Madison.  Come early (doors open 30 minutes before each session) to network with other transplant recipients.

Throughout 2016, three of the programs offered in Madison are also available LIVE ONLINE.

Click here for details on the various events happening at our three locations.

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 100,525 people are on the national kidney transplant list; 1,867 of them are in Wisconsin. Come and learn how a living donation could help save a life today.

Topics discussed include:

Who can be a living donor
Evaluation process for living donors
The surgery
Financial and insurance information
Q&A by real live living donors and their recipients

Click here for upcoming program information.

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Join us at our annual health conference and encore programs throughout the year.

Programs focus on topics about healthy living, lifestyle, eating right, exercise, mental health and a variety of interesting topics.

Click here to learn more.

Dialysis Units

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 to a patient advocate about your care or policies at a dialysis unit.

Midwest Kidney Network
1360 Energy Park Drive, Suite 200
Saint Paul, MN 55108
(800) 973-3773 For Patients
(651) 644-9877 For Providers
(651) 644-9853 Fax

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):

Emily Richardson, APSW (post-kidney): 608-890-9891
Cindy Wallace, LCSW (liver)

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


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 Dietitian:
Pamela Klossowski, RD: 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.
Milwaukee, WI 53215

Transplant Social Worker
Michelle M. Roberts, MSW CSW: 414-649-7564
Medical Social Worker, Abdominal Transplant Services

Living Donor Coordinator
Jeff Klister: 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 with enrollment or reimbursement questions.

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).

Social Security Disability Help
Social Security Disability benefits may offset some of the financial burden caused by kidney failure. If you are suffering from kidney failure and would like to apply for disability benefits, the following information can help you file your Social Security Disability claim. Click here to learn more or talk to your dialysis social worker.

Last worked on:  August 10, 2016