Leadership Team

Istvan Mucsi, MD, PhD

Dr. Istvan Mucsi, MD, PhD is a clinician investigator, transplant nephrologist at the Multi-Organ Transplant Program and Division of Nephrology at the UHN in Toronto. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Toronto. He received his medical degree (1988) and his certification in internal medicine (1993) in Budapest, Hungary and completed nephrology training at the University of Toronto (1994-1997). Initially he had been working as a general nephrologist but later moved to Montreal to work as a transplant nephrologist at McGill University. He has moved to Toronto in April 2014.

His current research focuses on understanding and reducing psychosocial and ethnocultural barriers and disparities in access to kidney transplantation and living donor kidney transplantation. He also has a strong interest in psychosocial determinants of health; quality of life studies and patient reported outcome measures. He has developed research programs and multiple collaborations to study these aspects of chronic kidney disease and kidney transplant. He published more than one hundred peer reviewed articles. He has initiated research projects to understand and reduce psychosocial and ethnocultural barriers to kidney transplant and living donor kidney transplant. He has adapted an education program, called Explore Transplant, for use in Ontario. This program provides education and motivation for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease and their families to explore kidney transplant and living donor kidney transplant. He has also been collaborating with multiple community agencies and religious organizations to conduct research to understand barriers to kidney transplant and to develop culturally and religiously competent kidney transplant education.

Dimitri Belenko, RN

Dmitri Belenko is a Registered Nurse with the University Health Network (UHN) Multi-Organ Transplant Program, and a Project Coordinator for the Education Pillar within the Access to Kidney Transplant and Living Donation Provincial initiative. He has also been involved in clinical research with Explore Transplant Ontario, studying CKD patient outcomes and access to education. Dmitri is passionate about holistic philosophies applied to healthcare, and has presented research about transplant education for Nephrology patients and psycho-social distress within the CKD population.

Amy Waterman, PhD

Amy D. Waterman, PhD, is a national transplant innovator and a Professor in Residence at the University of California Los Angeles in the Division of Nephrology. She is Director of the Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC) and Deputy Director of the Terasaki Research Institute. In addition to many national transplant leadership positions, Dr. Waterman is a Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation and serves as the Research Committee Chair for the National Kidney Registry. In 2018, she received the ClearMark Award of Distinction from the Center for Plain Language for her interactive digital application, My Transplant Coach, as well as a National Health Information Merit Award for two educational initiatives developed by Explore Transplant, a nonprofit consortium Dr. Waterman founded. In 2016, Dr. Waterman was invited to be the keynote speaker at the White House Organ Donation Summit.

Through her research and educational initiatives, Dr. Waterman seeks to 1) understand the critical, modifiable patient, provider, and system barriers to donation and 2) design interventions to overcome them. Dr. Waterman’s research has been supported by over $25 million dollars in federal grants, and she has authored approximately 100 research articles and book chapters. She has designed 13 educational programs to help patients and potential living donors make informed transplant decisions. These programs have been disseminated to patients in hundreds of dialysis and transplant settings in the United States, Canada, and South Africa, in multiple languages.

Dr. Waterman received her PhD in Social Psychology from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.