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March 27, 2019 Posted by dmckay

In Spring 2018, the AST distributed an online survey to its membership to help us better understand how to meet the needs of our Society. The membership responses helped us form a new 1-3-year strategic plan.

The AST Board of Directors, along with the leaders of our 16 Communities of Practice (COPs), reviewed the survey results and incorporated member feedback into the Society’s new plan.

The final plan was completed and approved at the February board meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

Notable changes to our strategic plan included an increased commitment to the transplant...

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January 16, 2019 Posted by dmckay

There are countless reasons to attend our 7th annual Cutting Edge in Transplantation meeting in Phoenix, AZ. At this meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with your colleagues at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore resort and enjoy spectacular views and beautiful weather. Preceding the meeting, the Sensitization in Transplantation: Assessment of Risk (STAR) meeting will also be held.

CEoT 2019 will provide an...

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December 17, 2018 Posted by dmckay

We began our second year as a self-managed organization in January. Before January 2017, the AST was managed by an association management company that handled our staffing, accounting, and technical support needs.

With only two years under our belt as a self-managed organization, we have accomplished so much within the various areas of the Society. The AST had a big year in 2017, but 2018 also came with a number of highlights.

Communities of Practice

In January, the AST introduced its...

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November 05, 2018 Posted by rformica

Written by AST Secretary, Richard Formica

 

This year, two leading charity evaluators, Charity Navigator and GuideStar, awarded AST with their highest rating. This designation assures donors that the Society is operating with the transparency, commitment to accountability, and fiscal responsibility that is required of top-tier charitable organizations. It also...

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October 23, 2018 Posted by dmckay

The AST Communities of Practice (COPs) offer invaluable opportunities for those in the field of transplantation to connect with others in their specialties. There are big ideas among these groups, but limited funds often prevent these ideas from being executed.

Now through December 31, 2018, the AST will hold its second annual COP Donation Derby. The Donation Derby allows COP members to support the AST and their COP’s initiatives. Prizes of $1,000 are given to the COP who raises the most money, as well as the COP that has...

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July 24, 2018 Posted by dmckay

As you may know, the 2018 Fellows Symposium in Transplantation will be held September 28-30, 2018, in Grapevine, TX. This meeting provides an exclusive opportunity for fellows to participate in specialized scientific sessions and network with senior faculty in our field. Since this meeting was established over twenty years ago, attendees of the Fellows Symposium have worked up to leadership positions within the AST, including the Board of Directors.

To offer further insights about the meeting, I have invited 2017 Fellows attendee, Ali Ahmadi, to write a guest blog post about her...

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June 20, 2018 Posted by dmckay

It was a true honor to be elected as President of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) on June 4. Thank you to everyone who attended the Town Hall at ATC to welcome our incoming leadership.

For over 25 years, I have been directly involved with the AST in various capacities. I look forward to working together with my leadership colleagues and our membership to set the stage for the AST’s future success. My overall vision for my AST Presidency is to improve the lives of organ transplant recipients by expanding public outreach and integrating the AST with patients, clinicians...

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June 08, 2018 Posted by dmckay

At the end of 2017, the transplant community saw changes to the OPTN lung allocation system that came as a surprise to many. Following a suit in federal court, the donor service area (DSA) distribution was replaced with a 250-nautical mile circle around the donor hospital.

To provide further detail on this recent change, I have invited UNOS Chief Executive Officer, Brian Shepard, to write a guest blog post on this topic.

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Last fall, the transplant community was surprised and concerned by a fast-moving series of events that resulted in a sudden change to lung...

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May 21, 2018 Posted by achandraker

Setting the ballot for the AST’s annual election is a process that is taken very seriously, but is also probably not well understood by many of our members. As Chair of the AST’s Governance Committee, I would like to take a few moments to explain the process that is followed annually in order to set the ballot. It is a thorough and thoughtful process. I hope that this overview is helpful in the interest of transparency.

Anil Chandraker Chair, Governance Committee 

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Board Structure and Composition

The AST is a complex organization. Board members are...

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April 11, 2018 Posted by rgill

As a member of the transplant community, you are probably aware that April is Donate Life Month. While not all of us work directly with the organ donation process, it is something that touches every one of us. To support this ongoing effort, the AST provides information about organ donation to the general public through our Power2Save initiative as well as our brand new Live Donor Toolkit.

To celebrate Donate Life Month, we invited Donate Life...

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