Risa Simon

AAKP Ambassador

Known as a positive disrupter, patient advocate and mentor, motivational speaker, published author and founder of the TransplantFirst Academy, Risa is on a mission to help eligible transplant patients bypass dialysis (or become dialysis-free) so they can live their best and longest life. Her preemptive (live donor) kidney transplant came as a result of following her own proactive communication strategies. She has dedicated her efforts to increasing need awareness and shifting unattainable patient perceptions into a more desirable and achievable reality.