Timely Topics in Transplantation

Timely Topics in Transplantation webinars are the perfect opportunity to listen to a live presentation on a current issue and ask questions directly to the presenter. All webinars are available on demand after the live air date. 

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Building Blocks of a Transplant QAPI Plan

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST


Speaker: Linda Ohler, MSN, RN, CCTC, FAAN, FAST • New York University Langone Transplant Institute
Moderator: Marian O'Rourke, RN, BSN, CCTC • Jackson Memorial Hospital

Optimizing Informed Consent to Inform Donors and Recipients about Possible Psychological and Financial Risks

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST


Speaker: Rebecca Hays, MSW, APSW • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Moderator: Jim Rodrigue, PhD • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Which Live Donor Kidney is Better?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST


Peter Reese, MD, MSCE • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
John Gill, MD, MS, FAST • University of British Columbia

Moderator: Didier Mandelbrot, MD • UWHealth

Case-Based Multidisciplinary Approach to Cardiac and Pulmonary Vascular Disease Risk Assessment in Liver Transplantation

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT


Lisa VanWagner, MD, MSc • Northwestern Medicine
Marina Serper, MD, MS • University of Pennsylvania
Christopher Darling, DO • University of Wisconsin

Moderator: Shelley Hall, MD • Baylor University Medical Center - Dallas

After participating in this webinar, the learner will be able to:

  1. Construct an evidence-based plan for the assessment of cardiovascular risk in the liver transplant candidate.
  2. Explain the diagnostic criteria for portopulmonary hypertension, treatment strategies to improve liver transplant candidacy and intraoperative management considerations.
  3. Discuss management approaches for the leading perioperative cardiovascular complications (e.g., atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure and stroke) in liver transplant recipients.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT


Speaker: Pamala Jacobson, PharmD • Univ of MN College of Pharmacy
Moderator: Cyrine Haidar, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCOP • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Short Term Support for Failing Patients: Role of VV and VA ECMO

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT


Speaker: Francis Pagani, MD, PhD • University of Michigan
Moderator: David Baran, MD • Sentara Heart Hospital

Archived Webinars

Psychosocial Aspects of Transition of the Newly Adult, New Patient

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

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Speaker: Beverly Kosmach-Park, DNP, RN, FAAN • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Moderator: Sandra Amaral, MD, MHS • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

After participating in this webinar, the learner will be able to:

  1. Provide a summary of neurocognitive and developmental issues specific to the late adolescent/young adult transplant recipient transitioning to adult care.

  2. List common transition barriers encountered by pediatric and adult providers.

  3. Identify essential components of transition, including a transition policy and readiness assessment.

  4. Discuss strategies to help the adult provider successfully engage with the newly transitioned young adult transplant recipient.

  5. Discuss the value and challenges of measuring outcomes following transfer from both the pediatric and adult perspective.

Transplant Metrics - Should We Enforce or Rewrite the Final Rule?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

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Speaker: Jesse Schold, PhD, M.Stat, M.Ed • Cleveland Clinic
Moderator: Anil Chandraker, MD, FAST, FRCP • Brigham and Women's Hospital

After participating in this webinar, the learner will be able to:

  1. Understand the current system for identifying transplant center performance under the final rule.
  2. Evaluate the current evidence of the effects of the Final rule in the field of transplantation.
  3. Consider the benefits and limitations of revising the final rule.

Significance, Identification, and Treatment of Post-Thoracic Transplant Circulating Antibodies

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT


Ramsey Hachem, MD • Washington University School of Medicine
Deborah Jo Levine, MD • University of Texas Health Science Center

Moderator: Sangeeta Bhorade, MD • Northwestern University


Family Planning in SOT

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

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Speaker: Lisa Coscia, RN, BSN, CCTC • Transplant Pregnancy Registry International
Moderator: Monika Sarkar, MD, MAS • University of California, San Francisco

After participating in this webinar, the learner will be able to:

  1. Discuss the effect of end organ disease and subsequent transplant on fertility in women.
  2. Review the safety and efficacy of hormonal contraceptive options in transplant recipients.
  3. Discuss pre-conception recommendations for transplant recipients, including timing and immunosuppression management.
  4. Review maternal and fetal outcome data in both transplant recipients and living organ donors.
  5. Provide resources for additional patient and provider education on reproductive health after transplantation.

Achieving Immune Tolerance through Hematopoietic Mixed Chimerism in Deceased Donation

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

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Speaker: David H. Sachs, MD • CUMC & MGH/HMS
Moderator: Sebastian Eriksson Giwa, PhD • Ossium Health and Sylvatica Biotech

After participating in this webinar, the learner will be able to:

  1. Explain the advantages of tolerance vs. immune suppression.
  2. Evaluate the overall status of clinical transplant tolerance and the protocols used in trials.
  3. Identify current limitations to immune tolerance protocols.
  4. Identify potential solutions through the use of organ and cell preservation technologies.
  5. Evaluate the protocols in trials and the overall status of clinical transplant tolerance.

Epigenetic Modifications of Immune Cells and their Importance for Alloimmunity

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

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Speaker: Andrew Wells, PhD • University of Pennsylvania and CHOP
Moderator: Jonathan Maltzman, MD, PhD • Stanford University

After participating in this webinar, the learner will be able to:

  1. Define epigenetics, outline basic concepts and processes.
  2. Outline examples of DNA methylation controlling T cell function.
  3. Outline examples of histone modifications controlling T cell function.
  4. Describe examples of epigenetic factors contributing to organ transplant rejection in rodent models.
  5. Describe a clinical example of epigenetic drug targeting in allogenic bone marrow transplantation to alleviate GVHD.
  6. Outline basic concepts in genomics and epigenomics.
  7. Describe 3-dimensional regulatory architectures of inflammatory genes in T cells.
  8. Discuss the use of 3D epigenomics to understand the basis of genetic susceptibility to inflammatory disease in humans.

Respiratory Viral Infections in Lung Transplantation

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

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Speaker: Cynthia Fisher, MD, MPH • University of Washington
Moderator: Sangeeta Bhorade, MD • Northwestern University

After participating in this webinar, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the incidence and clinical impact of respiratory viruses (RVs) in lung transplant recipients (LTR).
  2. Explain the evidence linking RVI to chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD).
  3. List currently available and promising investigational therapies for: RSV, Influenza, and PIV.
  4. Discuss prevention strategies.

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