Communities of Practice

Kidney Pancreas Community of Practice (KPCOP)

Connect to the KPCOP Online HUB Community


The Kidney Pancreas Community of Practice (KPCOP) provides advice to the AST Board of Directors, proposes and addresses policy and educational needs, and develops collaborations to advance the science and practice of kidney and pancreas transplantation.

2017-2018 Executive Committee

Staff Liaison: Brian Valeria (

Chair: Darshana Dadhania (2019)
Co-Chair: Bruce Kaplan (2019)
Past Chair: John Friedewald (2019)
Board Liaison: Alexander Wiseman (2018)
James C. Rice (2018)
Tarek Alhamad (2019)
Kelly Birdwell (2019)
Jayme Locke (2020)
Ronald Parsons (2020)

2017-2018 Initiatives

  • Develop consensus statement exploring the factors contributing to the decline of pancreas transplant referrals with the goal of improving education about options and reducing barriers to referral
  • Assist Education Committee in evaluating current AST education program content related to kidney and pancreas with the goal of updating and ensuring offerings are still pertinent to the AST community
  • Assist new Patient Advocacy effort by reviewing current documentation to ensure accuracy for our patient community
  • Host journal clubs on the KPCOP online community page on current topics in kidney and pancreas transplantation
  • Host an AST/AJT Journal Club
  • Organize workgroups focused on (1) Public Policy Responses; (2) Education/Member Engagement, i.e., online community oversight; (3) Membership and Engagement; and (4) Regulatory Guidance
  • Develop a “nephrology and long-term care” symposium proposal (potentially in partnership with ASN)
  • Organize workgroup focused on Hub Community collaboration. This would include providing “seed questions” to trigger ongoing dialog pertinent to the kidney and pancreas community
  • Form workgroup responsible for personally contacting new COP members to encourage their involvement in both KPCOP and AST activities
  • Form workgroup responsible for posting information on the KPCOP Hub community page such as EC meeting agendas and meeting summaries