Transplant Support Groups and Education

Understanding Your Care During Organ Transplant

Scripps offers a wide range of supportive services to meet the specialized needs of transplant patients and their loved ones, including support groups and educational classes.

Transplant support groups

Our program provides free, monthly support groups for organ transplant patients and their families. The groups are designed to provide the latest medical information regarding treatment and support in coping with the stresses involved in the transplant process.

The support groups meet the first Wednesday of every month in the Scripps Green Hospital Amphitheater from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. No registration is required. For more information, please call 858-554-8156.

The general format includes a guest speaker for the first part of the program and the opportunity for smaller group discussion the second hour. Monthly guest speakers have included physicians, therapists and allied health professionals.

June 1, 2016

Catherine Frenette, MD, will update you on what’s happening with liver disease management. She’ll review the latest trends, share what’s important treatment-wise for those with chronic liver disease or post-transplant concerns, and answer questions in her uniquely warm and caring style. As well as being Scripps Medical Director of Liver Transplantation, Dr. Frenette is one of our most popular physicians. As soon as you hear and meet her, you’ll know why.

July 6, 2016

Adam Deising, DO, practices at Balboa Naval Medical Center where he sees many veterans and their dependents. Initially trained in osteopathic medicine, he brings a different perspective to the specialty of liver medicine, looking at the whole being of a patient, rather than the more narrow focus of medical doctors. Well known to and well respected by Scripps liver doctors Frenette and Madani, Dr. Deising consults with them regularly. Meet him at our July support group and hear how an osteopath liver specialist views his specialty.

August 3, 2016

Christopher Marsh, MD, is the chief of the Scripps Organ Transplantation Service and surgical program director of the Scripps Center for Organ Transplantation, as well as the vice president for surgical services for the Scripps Clinic medical group. He is also the past chief of staff for Scripps Green Hospital.

There’s no one better to present both a retrospective and a future perspective of Scripps transplant program than Dr. Marsh, the physician responsible for reinvigorating the program and developing a transplant team regionally recognized as the highest quality. When Dr. Marsh came to Scripps in 2002, it was a good program. Under his tutelage, it has become a great program. Join our group for an evening of transplant trends over the years and what you can expect to see in the near future.

Sept. 7, 2016

Paul Pockros, MD, one of the visionaries who is responsible for bringing the transplant program to Scripps. He is a very respected liver doctor and he remains quite active in his medical practice here and in many phases of clinical research. An engaging speaker, his support group presentations are informative and sometimes are reminiscent of a reunion because his presence attracts patients from past years.

Nov. 7, 2016

Caitlin Carter, MD, is a Scripps nephrologist who treats a wide range of kidney issues, including acute and chronic diseases, and transplant-related concerns. This is a vital discussion for kidney patients. If you’re a liver patient, you will want to attend to learn more about how liver disease often affects kidneys.

Transplant education classes

We also offer transplant education classes, which are open to patients, families, friends, and potential living donors of patients going through the evaluation process.

Find a transplant class or support group.