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October, 2016

October 19, 2016
The AST was notified of concerns regarding concerns for some heater-cooler units used during open heart surgery. State health departments have been contacted regarding this potential issue and will be a resource to hospitals in addressing these concerns, but we wish to share this information with our membership. Please read the CDC press release below for additional details.   Press Release   Thursday, October 12, 2016   Contact: ... Read More...
October 11, 2016
The American Society of Transplantation’s (AST) strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.   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 accountability & transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a... Read More...

September, 2016

September 30, 2016
The White House Organ Summit was focused on reducing the wait list for transplantation.  During that meeting, a number of organizations announced new initiatives that were innovative and collaborative and intended to address the organ shortage.   In a follow-up from the Summit, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) has announced an open call for commitments focused on addressing the organ shortage. Individuals and organizations are invited to submit information on new initiatives that have the ability to decrease the transplant wait list. A ... Read More...
September 16, 2016
The New York State Department of Health is offering a series of Zika virus webinars during the month of September. These webinars are open to all interested medical professionals inside or outside of the state at no charge.Those who wish to participate must register for each individual session. See below for additional details. Zika Virus: An Update for Obstetric and Neonatal Providers and the Birth Facility Team Tuesday, September 20, 12-1pm ET Speaker: Lou Smith, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Bureau of Communical... Read More...
September 13, 2016
The American Society of Transplantation and its Transplantation & Immunology Research Network are pleased to highlight new clinical trials in transplantation that are currently enrolling or will be in the near future. This service is a benefit of participation in AST’s Corporate Affiliates Program.  

August, 2016

August 30, 2016
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) introduced a new web-based CME Finder and, by spring 2017, plan to recognize more accredited CME activities for MOC points.  Learn more here
August 01, 2016
National Minority Donor Awareness Week, celebrated August 1-7, 2016, is a nationwide observance to honor the generosity of multicultural donors and their families, while also underscoring the critical need for people from diverse communities to register their decision to Donate Life as organ, eye and tissue donors. Happy National Minority Donor Awareness week from all of us at the AST! Learn more about this important week

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...

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