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October, 2021

October 14, 2021
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) announced that the End Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices Learning Collaborative (ETCLC) went live on August 20, 2021 under the CMS Technical Assistance, Quality Improvement, and Learning (TAQIL) contract. The TAQIL contract is responsible for the development of the ETCLC. This work supports the ETC payment model which encourages preventative kidney care, home dialysis, and kidney transplant as well as the broader Advancing American Kidney Health initiative. Much of this work is... Read More...

September, 2021

September 21, 2021
International Medical Societies representing Transplantation Professionals across the globe support and nurture diversity and inclusion among their members, fostering education, and stand against any form of barriers in access, knowledge, transition and required training around the “Gift of Life”, particularly that related to gender, race, religion and income. We embrace a call of action to support equitable access to transplantation for all patients with end-stage organ diseases, and the value of gender and race equality in access to education and career development in the diverse fields of... Read More...

August, 2021

August 11, 2021
The AST commends Dr. Deepali Kumar and Dr. Atul Humar for their recently released article in the New England Journal of Medicine, "A Randomized Trial of Third Dose mRNA-1273 Vaccine in Transplant Recipients." We hope this information will be impactful as both the transplant community and the Federal government consider data-driven next steps related to the value of a third vaccination to enhance protection from severe COVID-19 infection among immunocompromised individuals. Congratulations to Drs. Kumar... Read More...

July, 2021

July 22, 2021
Transplant pioneer Jean Michel Dubernard, M.D. (Max to his friends) an innovator, a surgeon, a researcher, a medical educator, and a mentor and colleague, died unexpectedly on July 11. He was 80 years old. His commitment to innovation made a lasting impact in the fields of urology and transplantation. Service to patients and country Dr. Dubernard earned his Medical Degree from the University of Lyon Medical School; completed a Doctorate in Human Biology and Transplant Immunology; completed a clinical fellowship at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and completed research fellowships at the... Read More...

June, 2021

June 09, 2021
2021 Achievement Awards The American Society of Transplantation (AST) announced the recipients of its 2021 Achievement Awards at the recent American Transplant Congress (ATC) on June 6, 2021. The recipients were awarded for their achievements and contributions to the AST and the field of transplantation. In 2021, the AST expanded its awards categories to be more inclusive to the community. The new Advancing Equity in Organ Transplantation Award recognized an individual whose work has... Read More...
June 08, 2021
The American Society of Transplantation (AST) announced its newly elected 2021-2022 Board Members, including its new President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Councilors-at-Large. The results were announced during the 2021 AST Town Hall, held virtually at the American Transplant Congress (ATC) on June 7, 2021. Dr. John Gill assumed the role of AST President after serving as the Society’s President-Elect. Dr. Gill is a nephrologist and established clinical outcomes and health services researcher, serving as Professor of Medicine with tenure at the University of British Columbia, Division of... Read More...

May, 2021

May 28, 2021
The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), under contract from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is charged with evaluating the performance of the nation’s solid organ transplant system through publication of semi-annual transplant program-specific reports (PSRs) and organ procurement organization (OPO)-specific reports (OSRs). These reports contain performance metrics covering various time periods. For OPOs, these metrics include eligible death conversion rates and deceased donor organ yield. For transplant programs, they include waitlist mortality rates... Read More...
May 07, 2021
Updated: 6/2/21 This statement has been updated. View the latest statement here. Recently, multiple studies have been published examining the response to SARS-CoV-2 mRNA-based vaccines in solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients.(1-14) Overall, these have demonstrated reduced antibody responses to vaccine when compared with reports involving the general public. The low antibody response rate is concerning but not unexpected, as SOT recipients have lower rates of immune... Read More...
May 03, 2021
We are pleased to announce the results for the Communities of Practice (COP) Executive Committee (EC) elections, which include the Co-Chairs, Members-at-Large, and Early Career Members-at-Large. See results.

March, 2021

March 25, 2021
The CURES Act will take effect on April 5, 2021. This will allow patients to access their health information and share it with third-party apps. Importantly, it will also allow access to physicians’ notes.  We are aware that some hospitals have not been as active in educating and training on this required release of records to patients. Once signed, your notes or H&P will be immediately available to patients to see and read. We offer the following suggestions to consider as you address these new changes: Minimize use of abbreviations: Avoid medical jargon that may not be understood... Read More...