Austin Lee

ASN Biography
Austin Lee is a two-time kidney transplant recipient from the DC-Maryland-Virginia Area. Austin was born with a rare birth defect known as Posterior Urethral Valves that caused his two native kidneys to be nonfunctional. Austin had to undergo peritoneal dialysis twice in his life as a renal pediatric patient and adult renal patient. At the age of four years old Austin's received his mother's kidney that allowed him to live a healthy life free of dialysis for fourteen years. In 2007 Austin's first transplanted Kidney unfortunately went into renal rejection and he then had to undergo Peritoneal dialysis for the second time at the age of seventeen years old for three years. Austin received his second kidney transplant on June 8, 2010, via kidney paired exchange program from an unrelated living donor. Since receiving his transplants Austin has a passion for educating others in the community about kidney disease. Austin currently serves as a Patient Family Advisory Council Member of Children's National Medical Center where he is committed to improving the overall care and experiences for patients and families of the hospital. Austin is also currently pursuing a career in early childhood and is in the process of becoming a certified child life specialist to help other pediatric kidney patients who have experienced similar battles to his. Austin has advocated on behalf of various kidney organizations and is devoted to promoting awareness of kidney disease and patient choice in dialysis options.