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July, 2016

July 14, 2016
AST member Dr. Melissa Greenwald has been selected to serve as the new director of the HRSA Division of Transplantation (DoT).  Dr. Greenwald joined HRSA/HSB approximately two years ago and served as a Medical Officer within DoT. She has served as the Acting Director for the division for the last 8 months. Prior to joining HSB, she worked for 14 years in FDA's Office of Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapies where she was a national expert on tissue donor screening and testing policy, served four years as the Chief of the Human Tissue and Reproduction Branch, and was the product reviewer for... Read More...
July 06, 2016
Apple® and Donate Life America announced yesterday that, for the first time ever, iPhone® users will be able to sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor right from the Health app with the release of iOS 10 scheduled for this Fall. Through a simple sign up process, iPhone users can learn more and take action with just a few taps. All registrations submitted from iPhone are sent directly to the National Donate Life Registry managed by Donate Life America. The ability to quickly and easily become a nationally-registered donor enables people to carry their decision with them wherever they go... Read More...
July 05, 2016
(Pictured L to R: Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS), AST Lobbyist Bill Applegate, & Former AST President and Public Policy Chair, Dr. Jeff Crippin). As former House Of Representatives Speaker Tip O'Neill (MA) famously stated, "All Politics Are Local".  Last Thursday night, AST lobbyist Bill Applegate hosted a political fundraising event for Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS), a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee.  The small political gathering was hosted in the owner's box for the St. Louis Cardinal's as they took on Congressman Yoder's hometown Kansas... Read More...
July 01, 2016
AST TIRN has provided research grants for fellows and junior faculty for more than 15 years. These one- or two-year grants are awarded to support the fellow or young independent investigator conducting a specific research project during the term of the grant. The goal is to support research proposals by individuals who are early in their careers and who will contribute much to the field in transplantation in the future. Each summer, eligible applicants can apply for a Faculty Development Research Grant, a Fellowship Research Grant, or an Allied Health Professional Research Grant. Each year,... Read More...

June, 2016

June 14, 2016
The AST introduced its newly elected 2016-2017 board members at the recent American Transplant Congress (ATC) in Boston. Anil Chandraker, MD, FRCP, FAST was inducted as president and will serve a one-year term in office. Originally from the United Kingdom, Dr. Chandraker earned his medical degree from Glasgow University and completed his residencies at Withybush Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary. He then completed fellowships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Chandraker currently serves as the Medical Director of Kidney and Pancreas... Read More...
June 13, 2016
The American Society of Transplantation (AST), the largest organization in North America representing transplantation professionals, applauds the White House and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for hosting a Summit highlighting issues in transplantation and organ donation.  The AST is pleased to not only participate in the White House Organ Summit, but also to serve as a resource throughout the planning. The presence of Anil Chandraker, MD, AST president-elect; Ronald Gill, PhD, AST secretary; and Libby McDannell, AST executive vice president, demonstrates the AST’s... Read More...
June 12, 2016
The American Society of Transplantation (AST) awarded its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, to Thomas Gonwa, MD, at the recent American Transplant Congress (ATC) in Boston. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors a senior investigator whose work has advanced the field of transplantation. Dr. Gonwa earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois in 1975, then completed his residency and fellowship in Nephrology at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University. Following this, he completed a... Read More...
June 12, 2016
The AST announced the recipients of the 2016 Achievement Awards and the Faculty and Fellowship Grants at the recent American Transplant Congress (ATC) in Boston. The recipients were selected for their achievements and contributions to the AST and to the field of transplantation. “This year’s award and grant recipients are an inspiring group of transplantation professionals. They have been selected by their peers for the transformative role they have each played in shaping our field,” said AST President Dr. Anil Chandraker. “We applaud them for their dedication and success.” AST Achievement... Read More...

May, 2016

May 16, 2016
CMS released a memo on Friday, May 13, 2016 to outline Revised Guidelines for Solid Organ Transplant Program Outcomes Thresholds. The memo is available for your review on the CMS website. Highlights include: The CMS regulation sets the outcomes threshold at 150% (1.5 times) the risk-adjusted expected number of one-year post-transplant patient deaths or graft failures. While the regulation is unchanged, CMS issues survey & certification... Read More...
May 04, 2016
Representatives from the AST’s Transplant Administrators Community of Practice joined President-elect Anil Chandraker and representatives from ASTS on a recent call with Mr. Thomas Hamilton, Director of the Survey and Certification Group at CMS. Both societies shared their concerns regarding revised CMS Interpretive Guidelines for the Organ Transplant Conditions of Participation for Transplant Centers. On the call, Mr. Hamilton indicated that CMS will be revising, clarifying, and in some cases correcting the Guidelines based upon letters from both AST and ASTS as well as discussion on this... Read More...

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