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May, 2018

May 15, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS ― May 14, 2018 ― In December 2016, SRTR launched a new website that displayed a new 5-tier outcome assessment for all transplant programs in the United States. This new system, which replaced a 3-tier system, was developed over a period of 5 years and approved by SRTR’s Visiting Committee (SVC). In response to community feedback, the 5-tier system was moved to a Beta... Read More...
May 03, 2018
We are pleased to announce the results for the Communities of Practice (COP) elections, which includes the Co-Chairs and Members-at-Large of the Executive Committees. 2018-2019 COP Executive Committees (bolded names are new executive committee members or positions) Advanced Practice Providers (APP COP) - NEW Brenda Muth Chair 2021 Karen Wilder Co-Chair 2021 Andreana Kosinski Member-at-Large 2020 Nicole McCormick Member-at-Large 2020... Read More...

April, 2018

April 10, 2018
The 2018 board elections are now open through June 4, 2018, at 5 pm PST. Winners of the election will be announced at the AST Town Hall in Seattle, WA. To view the candidates, please view the 2018 board elections page. To vote in this election, please follow the instructions in the ballot email. If you have not received an email with voting instructions, please add elections@vote-now.com to your accepted senders list.
April 04, 2018
The American Society of Transplantation (AST) announced that is has earned the 2018 Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. GuideStar's Platinum Seal of Transparency recognizes AST’s sharing of detailed quantitative measures of progress and transparency. Less than 5,000 of organizations on GuideStar have received the platinum seal. To view the AST’s updated profile, please visit the GuideStar website. In... Read More...
April 02, 2018
April is National Donate Life Month. This month-long celebration was created by Donate Life America in 2003 and aims to promote organ, eye, and tissue donation. This year’s artwork was inspired by the image of a rainbow and Maya Angelou’s quote, “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” Lapel Pins – Survey for Transplant Professionals To show their connection to transplantation, thousands of people wear lapel pins. Donate Life America is in the process of creating additional pin styles for transplant professionals. Take their survey by... Read More...

March, 2018

March 01, 2018
The AST was mentioned on the Senate floor this week in regards to the Society's support of the Veterans Increased Choice for Transplanted Organs and Recovery (VICTOR) Act. AST President, Ron Gill, was also mentioned in the following press release about the legislation.    Cassidy Seeks to Secure Veteran Access to Life-Saving Transplant Care WASHINGTON— WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today introduced the Veterans Increased Choice for Transplanted Organs and Recovery (VICTOR) Act, legislation to expand veterans’ access... Read More...

February, 2018

February 09, 2018
On February 9, 2018, the American Society of Transplantation proudly presented the AST Innovation Award to the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto for their work in Ex Vivo Organ Perfusion. Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, Director of the Toronto Lung Transplant Program, Surgeon in Chief, and Professor for the Division of Thoracic Surgery, accepted the award during the AST Cutting Edge of Transplantation (CEoT) meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The Multi-Organ Transplant team at UHN has led significant innovation in ex vivo organ perfusion in lung, liver, and kidney. From the first successful ex vivo... Read More...
February 06, 2018
Each Community of Practice (COP) is governed by an Executive Committee (EC) elected by its members. The EC defines and plans COP initiatives with input and involvement from fellow COP members. A position on a COP EC allows AST members to contribute to COP and AST initiatives and to lead colleagues within their specialty area. Visit the COP Nominations Page on the AST Website to nominate yourself or a colleague. Eligibility Criteria and Requirements  Nominees must be members of the COP to which... Read More...
February 06, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS ― February 6, 2018 ― The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) began publicly reporting new offer acceptance metrics for heart, kidney, liver, and lung programs in 2017. These metrics are designed to provide programs with data about their acceptance patterns within various subgroups of offers, and allows programs to benchmark against other programs nationally. In addition, SRTR began providing CUSUM charts for offer acceptance on SRTR's secure website. The goal of this webinar is to describe the new metrics, the methodologies used to derive the metrics, and to... Read More...

January, 2018

January 29, 2018
The Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology, previously known as the Annual Thomas E. Starzl Lectureship, was established in 1996 by the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh to honor the clinical and scientific contributions of Dr. Thomas E. Starzl.  The nomination window for this prize is now open. This prize is awarded annually to a national or international leader in the field of organ transplantation and immunology. The prize consists of a crystal award, an honorarium of $10,000, and travel expenses to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the... Read More...

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