Kidney Pancreas Community of Practice (KPCOP)

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Mission Statement

The Kidney Pancreas Community of Practice (KPCOP) is dedicated to advancing knowledge and scientific collaborations of professionals engaged in education, research and patient advocacy to promote improved health, safety and quality of life for kidney and pancreas transplant recipients as well as living kidney donors.

2021-2022 Executive Committee

Chair: Ronald Parsons (2023)
Co-Chair: Neeraj Singh (2023)
Board Liaison: Roy Bloom (2022)
Adam Bingaman (2022)
Gaurav Gupta (2022)
Mark Lerman (2023)
Song Ong (2023)
Prince Mohan (2023)
Arpita Basu (2022)

AST Staff Liaison: Olivia Snow (


2021-2022 Initiatives

  • The Public Policy Workgroup will continue to address policy issues.
  • The Education Workgroup will continue to generate content through journal clubs, webinars, and engagement on the Hub.
  • The KRAFT and the Pancreas workgroups will continue to meet and create content.
  • The Community Education/Media Workgroup will continue to design and create content with participation from the COP.
  • The Education Workgroup will submit proposals to ATC 2022. 
  • The Pancreas workgroup is planning to submit proposals for education sessions during ATC, as well as host a consensus conference with field leaders.
  • The KPCOP Public Policy workgroup is working on an ATC 2022 proposal on ‘pre-implant Biopsy and poor post-transplant outcomes’ in collaboration with other COPs.  
  • The Community Education/Media Workgroup will continue to create educational content for the patient community. 
  • The following workgroups plan regular journal clubs at least annually: public policy, education, pancreas, frailty, among others. 
  • The KPCOP Education Subcommittee is planning on having multiple journal clubs and webinars throughout 2021-2022 
  • In the spirit of one of the AST primary missions (improving patient care) KPCOP will generate a new workgroup that targets strategies for improving patient access to kidney and kidney/pancreas transplantation. The Access workgroup will explore patient strategies (when to multi-list, how to find a living donor, how to find transplant centers that are excellent at providing transplant access). Also, strategies for providers (when to transplant across HLA antibodies, when to/ how to use desensitization, when to use national PDE versus local PDE).
  • Given the very challenging study of this patient population the EC will plan to rejuvenate the Frailty workgroup. The frailty workgroup will target best practices for measurement and provide educational opportunities for the COP.
  • The EC will look closely rising starts and identify candidates for the AST Board and other leadership positions.
  • The KPCOP mentoring workgroup will continue matching mentoring pairs.
  • The Pancreas and Cardiovascular workgroups have been working on several projects and have continued to involve more members
  • The EC members and workgroup leaders have driven much of the conversation on the HUB, encouraging discussion with the COP and supporting new ideas and new goals. The KPCOP has supported two research grants and will continue to do so in the future.
  • The COP will maintain a stronger presence on social media with dedicated events on Twitter and the HUB to help drive greater growth of the COP.
  • The workgroup will aim to provide an update to the COP at least once every two months