Communities of Practice

COP Elections

COP Elections for 2023-2024 will be open from Monday, March 6, through Monday, March 27.

The AST has hired an external online voting company, Simply Voting, to run our election as a neutral third party. Your votes will be anonymous, and the voting results will be certified by Simply Voting.

On Monday, March 6, voters will receive an email from Simply Voting providing them with their unique voting credentials along with instructions on how to vote online. If you do not receive the email on that day, please contact Anne Kreiss at

The email that voters will receive comes from, and Simply Voting recommends that voters add this email to their contacts/white list to prevent the email from landing in their spam folders.

The name of the sender will display as “American Society of Transplantation.” All COP members who joined AST or renewed their membership for 2023 are eligible to vote.

What is a Community of Practice?

AST’s Communities of Practice (COPs) are unique, specialty-area focused groups within AST. Each COP is dedicated to exchanging knowledge, offering networking opportunities, advocating for issues that are relevant to each of their constituencies, and developing resources to meet the needs of their members. The unique strength of the COP model is that new ideas and goals can originate from COP members and then become integrated with the overall goals and activities of the entire AST.


Advanced Practice Providers
Community of Transplant Scientists
Donation and Transplantation Optimization
Infectious Disease
Kidney Pancreas
Living Donor
Liver and Intestinal

Psychosocial and Ethics 
Recovery and Preservation
Thoracic and Critical Care
Trainee and Young Faculty
Transplant Administration and Quality Management
Transplant Diagnostics
Transplant Pharmacy
Transplant Regenerative Medicine
Women's Health

Join a COP

AST members can join a COP by logging in to their account on and clicking on "My COP Memberships." 

Professionals in the transplant field who have not previously been a member of AST are eligible for a one-year Trial COP Membership.  If you are interested in becoming a Trial Member of an AST COP, please submit your interest and contact information here.


The AST Hub is your tool for accessing your COP online community. On the AST Hub, you can connect, collaborate, and further your AST member experience! You must be an AST and/or COP member to access this information and participate. Not an AST member? Join now. Need to join a COP? Join a COP here.

To ensure you receive email notifications from the Hub, Higher Logic (our Hub platform vendor) has provided Whitelisting Instructions.

COP Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures may be found on the COP Policies and Procedures page. This page contains core AST Policy and Procedure references, along with important guidance materials, and will be updated as relevant changes are made by the AST Board of Directors and the AST Executive Staff.

2022 COP Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results for the Communities of Practice (COP) Executive Committee (EC) elections, which include the Co-Chairs, Members-at-Large, and Early Career Members-at-Large. The date represents the year the term ends. The results of the elections and those who are rotating off ECs are here.

COP Executive Committee 2023 Elections

Voting for the 2023-2024 COP Executive Committies will occur in March 2023.

AST Community of Practice Executive Committee Toolkit

AST is developing a Community of Practice Executive Committee Toolkit to assist COP leaders, and COP members interested in COP leadership. The COP Executive Committee Toolkit will provide you with tools to run effective meetings, handle COP projects, and better understand your duties as a leader within AST.

New sections that are added to the site will be based on the information found on the COP Policies and Procedures page. This page will contain core AST Policy and Procedure references, along with important guidance materials, and will be updated as relevant changes are made by the AST Board of Directors and the AST Executive Staff.