ASTS 19th Annual State of the Art Winter Symposium

  • Dates: 10 – 13 Jan, 2019
  • Location: Miami, Florida
  • Address: Loews Miami Beach Hotel
  • Email:

The Modern Transplant Surgeon: Striking the Right Balance
January 10–13, 2019

Registration and housing are now open!

Main Meeting

New for 2019! General session starts at noon on Thursday, January 10th.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Surgeon

Start Time End Time Presentation
12:10 PM 1:00 PM

Technical Challenges - Liver

1:00 PM 2:00 PM Technical Challenges - Kidney/Pancreas
2:00 PM 2:20 PM BREAK

The Negotiator

2:20 PM 2:35 PM The Danger of Organ Procurement
2:35 PM 2:50 PM Barriers to Centralized Procurement
2:50 PM 3:05 PM Organ Procurement Timing: The OPO Perspective
3:05 PM 3:30 PM Debate: Trust or Fly: We Need to Procure Organs for Each Other
3:30 PM 4:10 PM Panel Discussion
4:10 PM 4:30 PM BREAK

The Pediatric Transplant Surgeon

4:30 PM 4:40 PM Management of Adult Kidneys in Pediatric Recipients
4:40 PM 4:50 PM Expanding Donor Allocation for Pediatric Recipients
4:50 PM 5:00 PM Adult Re-Transplant of Pediatric Liver Recipient
5:00 PM 5:30 PM 2 Cases
5:45 PM 7:15 PM Poster Session A

Friday, January 11, 2019

7:00 AM 7:45 AM ASTS Research Grants: Updates & Outcomes
8:00 AM 11:00 AM Advanced Transplant Provider Session
8:00 AM 11:00 AM Business Practice and Advocacy Seminar
8:00 AM 11:00 AM Education Workshop
11:00 AM 12:30 PM Lunch Symposium Sponsored by CareDx
Modernizing the Care of Kidney Transplant Patients with AlloSure
*This is a sponsored event.*

The Person

Start Time End Time Presentation
12:30 PM 12:50 PM Managing Burnout
12:50 PM 1:10 PM Learner Wellness
1:10 PM 1:30 PM Advanced Transplant Providers: Strengthening the Team
1:30 PM 1:50 PM Family/Life Balance
1:50 PM 2:10 PM Ergonomics in Transplant Surgery
2:10 PM 2:30 PM Striking the Right Balance
2:30 PM 2:50 PM BREAK
2:50 PM 3:30 PM Hume Lecture
3:30 PM 4:30 PM Oral Abstract Session I

The Innovator

4:30 PM 4:50 PM Uterus Transplant
4:50 PM 5:10 PM Robotic Kidney Transplant
5:10 PM 5:30 PM Bariatric and Liver Transplant
5:45 PM 7:15 PM Poster Session B

Saturday, January 12, 2019

7:00 AM 8:00 AM Wellness Program

AHPBA Session

Start Time End Time Presentation
8:00 AM 8:08 AM Resection for hilar cholangiocarcinoma
8:08 AM 8:16 AM Transplant for cholangiocarcinoma
8:16 AM 8:24 AM Intrahepatic cholangeo transplant
8:24 AM 8:32 AM Nonsurgical management
8:32 AM 9:15 AM AHPBA Cases
9:15 AM 9:35 AM Awards Presentation
9:35 AM 10:40 AM Oral Abstract Session II
10:40 AM 11:00 AM BREAK

The Researcher

11:00 AM 11:20 AM Getting Published
11:20 AM 11:40 AM Getting Funding
11:40 AM 12:00 PM No Funding? No Problem
12:00 PM 12:30 PM Presidential Address
12:45 PM 1:45 PM Lunch Symposium Sponsored by Veloxis Pharmaceuticals
ENVARSUS XR- The Role of Pharmacokinetics in Achieving Adequate Tacrolimus Exposure
*This is a sponsored event.*
1:00 PM 2:00 PM Wellness Program
6:00 PM 9:30 PM Winter Symposium Reception, Dinner, and Dancing
*Must have ticket for entry

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Educator

Start Time End Time Presentation
8:00 AM 8:40 AM Video Abstracts
8:40 AM 9:20 AM Mini-Oral Abstracts
9:20 AM 9:40 AM Cultural Competence
9:40 AM 10:00 AM Individualized Academic Faculty Development
10:00 AM 10:20 AM The Teachable Moment
10:20 AM 10:40 AM Reviving the Pipeline
10:40 AM 11:15 AM Hot Stuff from the Literature
11:15 AM 12:00 PM UNOS Innovation Session Wrap-Up
Fix DonorNet – Audience Vote

Continuing Medical Education

The 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 maximum of 19.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Final credit hours are subject to change and will be provided on-site.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Board of Surgery (ABS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits will be available to learners at the Winter Symposium again this year. The American Society of Transplant Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 credits towards the American Board of Surgery MOC requirements. Final credit hours are subject to change and will be provided on-site. 

Acknowledgment of Support

ASTS gratefully acknowledges the sponsors of the 2019 Winter Symposium:

  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Diamond Level Sponsor
  • Veloxis Pharmaceuticals, Silver Level Sponsor
  • Astellas, Bronze Level Sponsor
  • CSL Behring, Bronze Level Sponsor
  • Hansa Medical, Bronze Level Sponsor
  • Sanofi-Genzyme, Bronze Level Sponsor