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
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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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...
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...