More than 600 transplant surgeons, trainees, physicians, Advanced Transplant Providers, and industry representatives gathered in Miami, Florida January 11–14 for the 18th Annual State of the Art Winter Symposium. Speakers used this year’s theme, The Future is Now: Saving More Lives Through Transplantation, to explore ways to use transplant technology and innovation to save the lives of more patients.
A definite highlight of the meeting was Dr. Jean C. Emond’s Presidential Address on Saturday afternoon, during which he compared the field of transplant to a complex and multidisciplinary ecosystem and discussed a multitude of life-saving innovations in transplantation.
The Winter Symposium kicked off on Thursday with the pre-meeting, "Saving More Lives: Turning Challenges into Success Stories.” On Friday morning, attendees had the opportunity to hear Congresswoman Jaime Herrera-Beutler speak passionately about her view of transplant legislation during the Business Practice & Advocacy Session or attend the Advanced Transplant Providers Session to learn about the innovative ways physician assistants and nurse practitioners are contributing to the field of transplantation.
During the start of the main meeting on Friday, attendees heard updates from the National Academies of Sciences Donor Intervention Research Study, UNOS Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network, and the Transplant Therapeutics Consortium. Clyde F. Barker, MD, FACS delivered the ninth annual David Hume Lecture, exploring the lesser-talked-about history of transplantation during his lecture “Forgotten Pioneers and Faltering Steps in Pursuit of an Impossible Dream.” Friday continued with perspectives on the future of metrics from the Arnold Foundation grant recipients and representatives from HRSA and UNOS, and concluded with a spirited discussion during the “Tier System: Informing Our Patients or Alternative Facts?” panel.
ASTS hosted its first joint session with AHPBA on Saturday morning, which was extremely well-received by attendees. Saturday continued with an update on xenotransplantation from Dr. Joseph Tector and impressive pancreas transplant research from Dr. Dixon Kaufman.
The ASTS Recognition Awards were also presented Saturday. Congratulations to the recipients:
- ASTS Francis Moore Excellence in Mentorship in the Field of Transplantation Surgery Award: Elizabeth A. Pomfret, MD, PhD, FACS
- ASTS–Veloxis Rising Stars in Transplantation Surgery Award: Vatche G. Agopian, MD, and Matthew H. Levine, MD, PhD
- ASTS–Veloxis Advanced Transplant Provider Award: Ashley H. Seawright, DNP, ACNP-BC
- ASTS–Veloxis Vanguard Prize: I. Raul Badell, MD, and Kristopher P. Croome, MD
- Sherilyn Gordon Memorial Travel Award: Daryle M. Blackstock, PA-C, MPH, CCTC (ATP category), Dahn T. Tran (Medical Student category), Abraham Matar, MD (Resident category), and Yanik J. Bababekov, MD, MPH (Resident category).
Sunday was a morning of both basic science and clinical research, with video abstracts followed up by mini-oral presentations. The meeting concluded on a high note with a soapbox presentation, “Solutions to Save More Lives Through Transplantation.” Michal Mankowski was the winner of the soapbox, with his presentation “Accelerating Kidney Allocation: Simultaneous and Expiring Offers.”
Thank you to the 2018 Winter Symposium Planning Committee:
- Daniela P. Ladner, MD, MPH (Chair)
- M.B. Majella Doyle, MD, MBA (Co-Chair)
- T. Mark Earl, MD, MSCI
- Karim J. Halazun, MD
- Garrett R. Roll, MD, FACS
- Arika L. Hoffman, MD
- Nitin N. Katariya, MD
- Jennifer E. Verbesey, MD
- Kenneth D. Chavin, MD, PhD (Senior Advisor)
- Matthew H. Levine, MD, PhD (CME Liaision)
- Haley Hoy, PhD, NP (ATP Liaison)
ASTS gratefully acknowledges our 2018 Winter Symposium Sponsors:
- Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Diamond Level
- Astellas, Silver Level
- Veloxis Pharmaceuticals, Silver Level
- Hansa Medical, Bronze Level
- Sanofi-Genzyme, Bronze Level
ASTS also acknowledges Sanofi for providing an independent medical education grant.