Communities of Practice

Transplant Administration and Quality Management COP (TxAQM COP)


2017-2018 Executive Committee

Staff Liaison: Brian Valeria (

Co-Chair: Luke Preczewski (2019)
Past Chair: Gwen McNatt (2019)
Board Liaison: Jesse Schold (2018)
Nancy Metzler (2018)
Krista Veine (2018)
Laura Butler (2019)
Michelle Lorenz (2019)

2017-2018 Initiatives

  • Transplant Administrator Designation: Complete by year end
  • Care Transitions for Heart Transplant candidates on LVAD: Complete initial review of literature and practice to determine if there is a need for a white paper
  • Hub Subcommittee: Re-Form by June 2017
  • Transplant Community Salary Survey: Complete by year end
  • 2018 ATC: Submit program proposal by ATC deadline
  • Education: Develop three additional education (webinars) programs for transplant administrators by April 2018
  • Journal Club: Create online journal club by Fall 2017
  • Strategic Plan: Review existing strategic plan (revised in 2016)
  • AST Board: Nominate at least one member for the AST Board by AST deadline
  • Networking and Collaboration: Continue presence at UNOS Transplant Management Forum including abstract award sponsorship in Spring 2018
  • Membership: Develop and implement one to one membership drive (develop plan by December 2017 and have ongoing implementation)
  • Updates: Continue to provide regular updates to the COP membership (minimum of once per quarter) and to the Board


Re-introducing the "Transplant Administration and Quality Management Community of Practice" (TxAQM COP)

In January 2018, the Transplant Administrators Community of Practice (TxAdmin COP) officially changed its name to the Transplant Administration and Quality Management Community of Practice (TxAQM COP). With this change, the COP hopes to better serve the Transplant Quality Management community, and provide its members with a professional home within AST.

Transplant Administrators are responsible for many aspects of transplant center operations, including quality and regulatory compliance. Increasingly, especially at medium- and large-volume centers, professional staff at the manager or director level are responsible for management and oversight of transplant QAPI programs and regulatory affairs, usually reporting to transplant administrators with dotted-line reporting to hospital quality executives. These professionals possess knowledge and skills that constitute a burgeoning specialty within transplant administration. We believe the AST is the ideal organization for their professional home, as it is a sub-specialty of transplant administration, and as the COP is very invested in the type of advocacy likely of interest to these transplant professionals.

We believe this name change would clearly establish their welcome to our COP and AST. It would further strengthen our COP and the Society by bringing their considerable expertise and powerful voice into our fold. For these reasons, the Transplant Administrators Community of Practice voted unanimously to seek AST Board permission to rename the COP to the Transplant Administration and Quality Management Community of Practice (TxAQM).

If you are a Quality Management professional interested in joining AST and TxAQM COP, or know a colleague that would be interested in membership, please see the AST Membership FAQ page for more information on how to join.