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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...
January 16, 2018
This month, the Transplant Administrators Community of Practice (TxAdmin COP) will officially change its name to the Transplant Administration and Quality Management Community of Practice (TxAQM COP). With this change, rolling out incrementally over the next few weeks, the COP hopes to better serve the Transplant Quality Management community and provide its members with a professional home within AST. Transplant Administrators are responsible for many aspects of transplant center operations, including quality and regulatory compliance. Increasingly, especially at medium and large-volume... Read More...
January 05, 2018
The January 2018 PSRs/OSRs now reflect new posttransplant liver risk adjustment models, new waitlist transplant and mortality rate models, expanded offer acceptance reports, and updated organ yield models. For an in-depth look at these improvements, visit our news page to read our previous announcements about... Read More...

December, 2017

December 11, 2017
The American Society of Transplantation (AST) has earned the highest, four-star rating from online charity evaluator, Charity Navigator, for the third consecutive year. The AST's strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These... Read More...
December 07, 2017
This article was originally published on the Washington Post.  By Marcello Tonelli and John Gill Marcello Tonelli is associate vice president of research at the University of Calgary. John Gill is a clinician scientist and professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia and a member of the board of directors for the American... Read More...

November, 2017

November 08, 2017
On November 7, the House of Representatives passed the Veterans Increased Choice for Transplanted Organs and Recovery (VICTOR) Act of 2017.  This bill amends the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. Under this bill, veterans will be eligible to receive hospital care and medical services through agreements with the Department of Defense, the Indian Health Service, federally-qualified health centers, or health care providers that participate in the Medicare program. Veterans who require an organ transplant and live more than 100 miles from a Department of Veterans Affairs... Read More...

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