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Winter Symposium

2025 Winter Symposium

January 16-19, 2025 | Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, Phoenix, AZ

Thank you for making the 2024 Winter Symposium a success! Make sure to join us in 2025 in Phoenix, AZ at the beautiful Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass


2025 Abstract Submissions are Open!


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Submit by September 9


CME @ the 2024 Winter Symposium
A CME Claiming Email Will be Sent on January 17


SpeakerThe American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Transplant Surgeons designates this live activity for a 16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Credit hours are subject to change. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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See the highlights from the 2024 Winter Symposium!


All listed times are in the Eastern Time Zone (ET)

Thursday, January 11, 2024


12:10 PM Report for JEDI Training

Why We Need JEDI Warriors Among Our Providers

SpeakerShane Nelson


JEDI Warrior Successes and Wins to Increase Access to Transplantation in Diverse Populations

Speaker: Dinee Simpson, MD


Why Do We Need to Continue to Highlight JEDI?

Speaker: Sonja Green-Smith

 Q&A Discussion
1:10 PM Oral Abstract Session I

Age Matters: What Affects the Cumulative Lifespan of a Transplanted Liver?

Speaker: Chase Wehrle


Clinical Outcomes and Donor-Specific Antibody Kinetics Five Years After Imlifidase Desensitization

Speaker: Ian Jaffe


Successful outcomes after liver transplant for colorectal liver metastases at a high-volume center in North America. The importance of a proper selection

Speaker: Mariana Chávez Villa


Leveraging Brain Death as a Novel Pre-Clinical Human Model: The Parsons Model

Speaker: Maggie Jones-Carr

1:50 PM Break
2:10 PM

Najarian Lecture

2:50 PM

TACC Presentation 


Wendy Grant, MD, FACS

John Magee, MD

3:10 PM Break
3:30 PM The ABCs & XYZs of Machine Perfusion

Utilizing Hypothermic Machine Perfusion in Liver Transplantation: Current Status and Future Directions

Speaker: Andrea Schlegal


Real Life Issues with Perfusion in the US

Speaker: Mark Hobeika, MD


Expanding the Donor Pool with Perfusion: Are There Limits?

Speaker: Aleah Brubaker, MD, PhD


Machine Perfusion: Show Me the Money?

Speaker: Andrew Barbas, MD

 Q&A Discussion
4:30 PM The ABCs & XYZs of Normothermic Machine Perfusion

Development and Implementation of Abdominal NRP Programs

Speaker: Shennen Mao, MD


Technical Approaches for the Abdominal NRP: Central, Peripheral, and Intraabdominal Cannulation

Speaker: Kristopher Croome, MD


Financial and Allocation Considerations for NRP Expansion within OPOs: Local Recovery and Back

Speaker: David Aufhauser, MD


ASTS Agenda for the Advancement of NRP: Policy, Research, and Standardization

Speaker: Anji Wall, MD, PhD

 Q&A Discussion
5:30 PMPoster Session A & Networking Reception



Friday, January 12, 2024


7:00 AMBreakfast
Concurrent Sessions 
8:00 AM - 11:15 AMAdvanced Transplant Provider Session

APP Committee Update/Welcome

Speaker: Elaina Weldon, MSN, ACNP-BC


How to Start an APP Team to Growing to 24/7 Coverage Model

Speaker: Amy Ambrosini, AGACNP-BC, MSN, CCRN


From Few to Many, the Growing of APP Teams

Speaker: Jen Sharp, MSN, ACNP-BC


Leadership Presentation

Speaker: Deborah Hoch, DNP, ACNP


Lung Transplant Basics for Abdominal APPs

Speaker: Katina Walline, PA-C


Internal Rehabilitation

Speaker: Katherine Brodahl, PA-C, MPAS


Liver Frailty (1, 3 months) with Blood Biomarkers

Speaker: Jessica Fisher, DNP, BSN


Kidney Topic/Belatacept

Speaker: Jessica Speigel, PA-C


Donor Centers

Speaker: Philip Sommer


Transplant Psych Pearls

Speaker: Tyler Branagan

8:00 AM - 9:00 AMHot Topics in Pediatric Transplantation

Pediatric Transplant Surgery as a Career

Speaker: Alexander Bondoc, MD


Technical Variants in Pediatric Liver Transplant

Speaker: Kambiz Etesami, MD, FACS


Pediatric Multi-Visceral Current Challenges & Updates

Speaker: Akin Tekin, MD


Pediatric Kidney Transplantation: Technical Challenges & Unique Considerations

Speaker: Christine Hwang, MD, FACS

 Panel Discussion & Q&A
9:00 AM Break
9:10 AMAdvocacy Updates

Living Donor Kidney Transplant Demonstration Proposal

Speaker: Steven Potter, MD


Why Should You Get Involved with Advocacy?

Speaker: Kiran Dhanireddy, MD


Legislative Update

Speaker: Peggy Tighe, JD


Regulatory Environment & HRSA OPTN Modernization Initiative

Speaker: Diane Millman, JD

 Panel Discussion/Q&A
10:20 AMAdvancing Your Transplant Leadership Skills

Are You Ready to Be the Boss?

Speaker: Irene Kim, MD


Expanding/Building Your Program

Speaker: Shimul Shah, MD, MHCM


Growing Your APP Team

Speaker: Katherine Klingenberg, PA-C, MMS


When's the Right Time to Leave & Do it Gracefully

Speaker: David Lee, MD

 Q&A Discussion
11:30 AMSponsored Lunch Symposium
12:00 PMExhibit Hall Opening
General Sessions 
12:30 PMTransplant Oncology

Case Discussion: Multifocal iCCA for Transplant

Speakers: Ashish Saharia, MD, Amit Singal, MD, Milind Javle, MD


Case Discussion: HCC and PVTT

Speakers: Parissa Tabrizian, MD, Amit Singal, MD, Milind Javle, MD


Case Discussion: CRC Mets

Speakers: Shimul Shah, MD, MHCM, Amit Singal, MD, Milind Javle, MD

 Q&A Discussion
1:40 PMResearch Grants Session

Mechanisms of Combined Kidney/Bone Marrow Transplant (CK/BMT) Tolerance using Polyclonal Autologous Tregs to Promote Durable Chimerism in a Translational Model

Speaker: Erin Duggan, MD


Mechanisms of Transplant Tolerance Induction with Costimulatory Blockade, Post-Transplant Total Lymphoid Irradiation, and Donor Hematopoietic Stem Cell Infusion

Speaker: Steven Kim, MD


RNA Interference During Liver Machine Preservation to Improve Liver Graft Quality

Speaker: Paulo Martins, MD, PhD


Using Phenotypic Precision Medicine to Individualize Immunosuppression Based on Quantifiable Markers of Immune Response and Allograft Injury

Speaker: Ali Zarrinpar, MD, PhD

2:30 PMAward Ceremony
2:40 PMHume Lecture: Thomas Peters, MD
3:10 PMBreak
3:30 PMOral Abstract Session II

Current Heart Allocation: Are Exceptions Justified

Speaker: Amrusha Musunuru, MD


Combined Liver Transplant and Cardiac Surgery: Long Term Outcomes and Predictors of Success

Speaker: Glenn Wakam, MD


Preimplantation infusion of C1 Esterase Inhibitor (C1INH) improves deceased donor kidney transplant (DDKT) function in allografts at risk for ischemia reperfusion injury (IRI)

Speaker: Steven Wisel, MD


Multicenter US liver transplant outcomes after NRP versus SRR from DCD donors

Speaker: Aleah Brubaker, MD, PhD

4:10 PMRevitalizing the Transplant Surgeon's Lifestyle: Strategies for Success and Wellness

Harnessing Procurement Centers & Machine Perfusion for Work/Life Balance

Speaker: Jennifer Yu, MD


Transplantation: the Ultimate Team Sport

Speaker: Grace Lee Riddle, MD


Navigating Work though Personal Hardship

Speaker: Kristin Mekeel, MD


Peer Support Through the Storm

Speaker: Sunil Geevarghese, MD, FACS, MSCI


The Impact of Mindset on Surgical Training & Surgeon Resilience 

Speaker:  Kelly Collins, MD

 Q&A Discussion
5:30 PM

Poster Session B

6:00 PMPints with Professors: Pipeline Networking Event


Saturday, January 13, 2024


7:00 AMBreakfast
8:00 AMAggressive Approaches for Expanding Kidney and Pancreas Transplant

Using Marginal Organs to Safely & Successfully Expand the Kidney Pool

Speaker: Caroline Jadlowiec, MD


A Programmatic Approach to Expanding Kidney Volume

Speaker: Nicole Ali, MD


A Surplus of DGF & How to Deal With It? 

Speaker: Carrie Thiessen, MD, PhD


Innovations in Pancreas Transplant: Missed Opportunities

Speaker: Joseph Scalea, MD

8:40 AMTrimming the Transplant List - Creating a Weight Loss Pathway for Obese Candidates

Medical vs. Surgical Options for Obese Transplant Candidates

Speaker: Rachel Forbes, MD


Surgical Issues Post Bariatric Surgery in ESRD Candidates

Speaker: Anil Paramesh, MD


Creating a Consortium to Share Best Practices for Weight Loss in Transplant Candidates

Speaker: Tayyab Diwan, MD

 Q&A Discussion
9:20 AMBreak
9:50 AMThe Future of Transplantation

The Future of Robotics in Organ Transplantation

Speaker: Adeel Khan, MD


Advances in Tolerating the Kidney

Speaker: Stephan Busque, MD, FRCSC


Putting the Liver to Work for Tolerance

Speaker: Timucin Taner, MD, PhD


The Next Frontier of Xenotransplant

Speaker: Robert Montgomery, MD, FACS, PhD


Integrating Artificial Intelligence into Transplantation

Speaker: Tommy Ivanics, MD

10:40 AMThe Road Less Traveled: Achieving Success as a Surgical-Scientist

How to Begin a Basic Science Career as a Clinical Surgeon

Speaker: Juliet Emamaullee MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS


Training Grants in Transplant Surgery: Creating a Pipeline

Speaker: Daniela Ladner, MD, MPH


Partnering with Surgeons and Cracking the Code for Success in Outcomes-Based Research

Speaker: Allan Massie, PhD


Notes from a Chair on Creating a Successful Surgical Scientist

Speaker: Keith Lillemoe, MD

 Q&A Discussion
11:30 AMSponsored Lunch Symposium - Sponsored by Transmedics
12:30 PMOral Abstract Session III

Validation of a Pre-operative Risk Score to Predict Early Allograft Dysfunction following Living Donor Liver Transplantation

Speaker: Audrey Brown, MD


Long-term Function of a Gal-KO Xenothymokidney Transplant in a Brain-Dead Decedent

Speaker: Jeffrey Stern, MD


Postoperative Fibrinolytic Resistance is Associated with Early Allograft Dysfunction in Liver Transplantation

Speaker: Hunter Moore, MD


T Cell Repertoire Profiling in Allografts and Native Tissues in Recipients with COVID–19 After Solid Organ Transplantation: Insight into T Cell–Mediated Allograft Protection from Viral Infection 

Speaker: Joshua Weiner, MD

1:10 PMAwards Ceremony II
1:30 PMPresident's Message: Elizabeth Pomfret, MD, PhD
2:00 PMBreak

2:30 PM

ATP Initiative: Care Kits for Caregivers

6:30 PMReception, Dinner & Dancing
Celebrate 50 Years of ASTS & Bring Out Your Best 1970s Fashion!


Sunday, January 14, 2024

8:00 AMBreakfast
9:00 AMMini Oral Abstracts

Outcomes of Obese Donors and their Recipients in Living Donor Liver Transplantation

Speaker: Ronit Patnaik, MD


Hydrogen Sulfide Supplementation Improves Renal Graft Function in an Ex Vivo Porcine Model of Ischemia and Reperfusion

Speaker: Alp Sener, MD, PhD


Single Center Analysis of The Positive Impact of a 24/7 Advanced Practice Provider Care Model for Liver Transplant Recipients

Speaker: Amy Ambrosini, AGACNP-BC, MSN, CCRN


Immunomodulatory Role of Wharton’s Jelly-Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Kidney Transplantation

Speaker: Anton Dugandzic


The Impact of Machine Perfusion on Outcomes of Macrosteatotic Liver Allografts Following Liver Transplantation

Speaker: Claire Cywes


The Impact on Geographic Disparity of Removing Donor Service Area from Kidney Allocation

Speaker: Luckmini Liyanage


PreTransplant Normothermic Perfusion Affects Inflammatory Transcripts Following Perfusion and Implantation in both DCD and DBD Liver Grafts

Speaker: Glenn Wakam, MD


The Use of Pediatric En Bloc Donors with low GFR in Adult Kidney Transplants

Speaker: David Farhat, MD

9:40 AMBreak
10:00 AMExpanding Toolkit for Living Donor Surgery

Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy: The Gold Standard 

Speaker: Stephanie Yi, MD, FACS, MPH


Robotic Donor Nephrectomy: The New and Improved Approach

Speaker: Jason Wellen, MD, MBA


The Open Approach to Living Donor Surgery: Tried, True, and Safe

Speaker: Nicolas Goldaracena, MD


Minimally-Invasive Live Donor Hepatectomy: The Ideal Approach

Speaker: Yee Lee Cheah, MD, FACS, MBBCh, BAO

 Q&A Discussion


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