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February 16, 2018 Posted by rgill

On February 8-10, the AST held its 6th Cutting Edge of Transplantation (CEoT) meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Nearly 400 transplant professionals, legislators, and government agencies came together for a lively discussion about the regulatory barriers in transplantation. This meeting brought together the key players to examine internal and external barriers that have impeded the much-needed progress and innovation in our field.

We kicked off the meeting with a “Shark Tank” type of session on the pros and cons of xenotransplantation. Although I am a proponent of xenotransplantation, I...

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January 31, 2018 Posted by rgill

It is hard to believe that the AST has been a self-managed organization for an entire year now. Prior to January 1, 2017, the Society was managed by an association management company called Association Headquarters. Association Headquarters did a great job handling many of the critical areas of the AST such as pay and employ staff, and provide office space and support services such as accounting and technical support.

As the Society continued to grow, we reached a point where it made more sense to pursue the self-management model.  This was a gratifying move in that we experienced...

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January 11, 2018 Posted by rgill

On December 20, 2017, we said goodbye to Terry Strom, a brilliant member of the transplant community and the first past-president of the American Society of Transplant Physicians (predecessor of the AST).  Like so many of you reading this post, I considered Terry a personal friend for many years and enjoyed his endless zeal, insights, and candid (and refreshingly non-politically correct) approach to life.  He leaves a large void in our field that is not easily measured.

Dr. Strom was the recipient of the AST’s Lifetime Achievement Award, our Society’s highest honor. He touched so...

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December 08, 2017 Posted by rformica

 

  Written by: Richard N. Formica Jr., MD, AST Secretary 

  Dr. Formica is a Professor of Medicine & Surgery and Director of Transplant Medicine at Yale...

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November 21, 2017 Posted by rgill

On October 23-24, 2017, the AST held its inaugural Transplant Patient Summit in Washington, DC. We welcomed over 100 patients to this meeting, which gave us the opportunity to hear stories and gain a new perspective – the patient perspective.

I recently wrote a blog about this event, highlighting the sessions and outcomes. However, this meeting was not just for the AST but rather extended our reach to reach our patient community. Therefore, I invited TPS attendee, Amy Silverstein, to write a guest blog post about her experience.  Her words convey more than anything I could...

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November 21, 2017 Posted by rgill

Up until this point, we have not involved patients in our society, but that changed on October 23-24, when we held the first ever Transplant Patient Summit in Washington, DC.  

Many of us have heard hundreds of patient stories in our careers, but being there in a room with over 100 patients, who put themselves in the vulnerable position to share their stories in a group setting was something that struck many of us.

Our members often work with a particular type of patient, whether it be adult, pediatric, or organ-specific. To say the least, this meeting was an opportunity...

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August 24, 2017 Posted by rgill

As you probably know, much is happening regarding liver allocation policy. The transplant community is at a crossroads with the OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Allocation Committee’s recently released public comment proposal on enhancing liver allocation. I encourage all AST members to carefully review and comment on this proposal.

After carefully considering all the feedback received during the August 2016 public comment period that addressed geographic disparities in access to liver transplantation, the committee spent time considering potential alternative solutions and...

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July 31, 2017 Posted by rgill

Since the early years when transplantation was viewed as an experimental procedure, the field has made significant advances. However, as we all know, there is still considerable progress required to improve the lives of our patients. To overcome challenges in transplantation, it is important to collaborate amongst our broad range of expertise in the field. In addition to AST's Communities of Practice, there is now an exciting new way to share your ideas.

I am happy to announce that the AST, in collaboration with its Community of Basic Scientists and Trainee & Young Faculty COP...

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July 26, 2017 Posted by rgill

To foster the next generation of transplant physicians and investigators, the AST is committed to providing opportunities to expose trainees to the field of transplantation. These include mentoring our young professionals and students through programs including the Fellows Symposium and the ATC Student/Resident Travel Grant program.

The ATC Student/Resident Travel Grant program, developed by Dr. Sharon Bartosh, is designed to inspire medical students and residents who have not yet committed to a...

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July 06, 2017 Posted by rgill

In just a few months, the AST will host its annual Fellows Symposium in Grapevine, Texas. This meeting provides a unique opportunity for physicians in training to spend dedicated time to enhance their knowledge and confidence in key areas of transplantation medicine.

Registration for the Fellows Symposium will close on July 26 at 12:01 AM EST.

To give prospective attendees further insights about the meeting, I have invited former Fellows attendee, Hector...

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