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The ASTS Nominating Committee is pleased to put forward the following ballot for 2017 Officer and Councilor-at-Large positions. Below are the candidates, along with their personal photos, biographies, and summaries of their ASTS involvement. 

Voting closes March 20, 2017.

Candidate for President-Elect:
Dixon B. Kaufman, MD, PhD
Candidates for Secretary:
Ginny L. Bumgardner, MD, PhD
David C. Mulligan, MD, FACS
A. Osama Gaber, MD
Candidates for Councilor-at-Large: 

Talia B. Baker, MD
Jonathan P. Fryer, MD
Milan Kinkhabwala, MD, FACS

Christopher L. Marsh, MD, FACS
Alan I. Reed, MD, MBA
Kenneth Washburn, MD
Candidates for Associate Councilor:
Deborah A. Hoch, DNP, ACNP-BC
Humberto L. Monge, PA-C, MPAS
Georgeine Smith, MS, MHS, PA-C

President-Elect (Vote for 1)

Dixon B. Kaufman, MD, PhD
Ray D. Owen Professor and Chair
Division of Transplantation
Department of Surgery
University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Current Secretary, ASTS Council (2014 – present)
  • Previous Councilor-at-Large, ASTS Council (2007 – 2010)
  • Previous member, ATC Executive Planning Committee (2006 – 2007)
  • Co-editor, Chimera (1998 – 2004)
    Previous member, Cell Transplant Committee (2002 – 2004)
  • Previous member, Local Arrangements Committee (1996 – 2001)
  • Previous member, Program and Publications Committee (1996 – 1999)
  • Previous Chair, Education Committee (1994 – 1996)
  • Previous member, Education Committee, (1993 – 1994)
  • Previous member, Membership Committee (1993 – 1996)   

It is a privilege to be nominated for the position of President-elect of the ASTS.  The ASTS has been an important part of my academic career since attending my first annual meeting in the mid-1980s.  My formal involvement with ASTS service started in 1993 and has been continuous since, having served in many capacities including: Chair of the Education Committee, the Executive Program Committee Chair for the American Transplant Congress, Councilor-at-large, and currently as Secretary.

These experiences, especially my tenure as ASTS Councilor and Secretary, have been excellent preparation for serving as President-elect. I understand the critical importance of the surgical perspective to advocate for issues pertinent to us impacting fellowship training, research, regulatory issues, legislative agendas, and beyond. The next several years will offer exciting new opportunities for our field and our membership. I believe my experiences, leadership style, and perspectives will complement ASTS leadership so our Society will continue to be effective in advancing the practice and science of transplantation for the benefit of our members, our trainees, and our patients. 

In addition to this leadership role, I have held leadership positions in other facets of the transplant field that complement the ASTS. I have been active with UNOS, having served on the Kidney and MPSC Committees, as Chair of the Pancreas/Islet Transplant Committee, and as a Regional Councilor and a member of the UNOS Board of Directors.  I have also been Councilor of IPITA, and currently serve on the editorial boards of the major transplant journals.

What’s my day job?  Well, I am a transplant surgeon and since 2011 have held the position as the Ray D. Owen Professor and Chair of the Division of Transplantation at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I also serve as Medical Director of the Transplant Service Line at UW Hospitals and Clinic, and as the Surgical Director of the kidney transplant program. I am proud to say that in 2016, the UW transplant program was the 4th most active in the US. We also have an outstanding ASTS-transplant surgery fellowship program training 2 fellows per year. My clinical focus is on kidney, pancreas and islet transplantation. My clinical research focuses on immunosuppression minimization in kidney and pancreas transplant recipients. My basic research effort focuses on development of new tolerance induction strategies in large animals, currently supported by the NIH Non-human Primate Tolerance Study Group Consortium.

These hands-on experiences in the clinical, educational, and research arenas of our field coupled with the leadership experiences make a difference in charting a successful course forward for ASTS. I have enjoyed my connection to this great organization and would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve it and make a difference. It would be a privilege to be your ASTS President-elect.

Secretary (Vote for 1)

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A. Osama Gaber, MD
Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Distinguished Endowed Chair
Director, Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center
Professor of Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
Vice Chair Administration & Faculty Affairs
Department of Surgery
  • Current Councilor-at-Large (2014 – present)
  • Previous Co-Chair, Business Practice Services Committee (2012 – 2014)
  • Previous Member, Business Practice Services Committee (2010 – 2012)
  • Previous Member, Advisory Committee on Issues (2007 – 2008)
  • Previous Member, Legislative Committee (2004 – 2005)
  • Previous Member, Nominations Committee (2002 – 2004)
  • Previous Councilor-at-Large (2001 – 2004)
  • Previous Member, Education Committee (1997-2000)

I have been an ASTS member since my first year of fellowship. The ASTS has provided a forum for transplant surgeons to participate in shaping the issues that most affect our practice and our patients.  I would aim to further expand the reach of the ASTS to provide more representation to transplant surgeons from all programs regardless of size or geography

Since the beginning of my career, as Chair of the SEOPF Kidney-Pancreas Committee, I have been interested in transplant business and regulatory issues. I also served as Region 11 representative and member of the MPSC and the UNOS Board. I was a founding member and President of the Tennessee Transplant Society. I am also a committee member for both the ASTS and the AST and have served twice as a Councilor-at-Large for ASTS and was one of the original signatories to creating the ASTS foundation. Previously, I chaired the Governor’s Task Force on Chronic Kidney Disease, and now chair the Kidney Alliance (KAT) of Texas, a statewide partnership. I also served on the Network 14 Quality Committee. I am a current member of the Texas Transplant Society.

In my current term on the ASTS Council, I have supported many of the ASTS initiatives for establishing the ASTS certification, the transplant therapeutic consortium, and in establishing the new strategies for the ASTS foundation. On a personal note, I would hope to continue the push to increase organ donation, and to increase the accessibility of the society to all members of small and medium size programs, and to create deeper links to Thoracic and cellular transplant surgeons and to the wider community of surgical practitioners and allied health personnel. I hope that in these times of change, I could add to the Society and serve its members. I earned my medical degree from the Ainshams University in Cairo, Egypt, where I and completed a residency in general and pediatric surgery. Subsequently, I completed surgical training at Boston University Medical Center, and a research and clinical transplant fellowship at the University of Chicago under ASTS Past-President, Frank Stuart.

I have devoted much of my career to pancreas, liver, islet and kidney transplantation and the surgical care of organ failure patients. I have been funded by the NIH, NCRR, JDRF, Assisi Foundation, Vivian Smith Foundation, and many other national and local foundations. I have authored more than 270 papers, as well as more than 340 abstracts and numerous book chapters. Currently, I am a Professor in the Department of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, a senior member of the Research Institute, and the Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Distinguished Endowed Chair. I am the Director of the Transplant Center and the Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital.

In 2002, I started Nora’s gift foundation to provide support for transplant patients and built Nora’s home as a home away from home for transplant patients and their families. Nora’s Home offers transplant families an affordable place to stay where they can find support and share experiences with others, in the comfort of a home-like environment.

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Ginny L. Bumgardner, MD, PhD
Professor, Transplant Surgery
Associate Dean, ADM-Medicine Administration
Physician, FGP-Transplant Surgery
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Councilor-At-Large, ASTS Council (2014 – present)
  • Previous Member & ASTS Representative, ATC Planning Committee (2012 – 2014)
  • Previous Chair, Grants Review (formerly Awards) Committee (2010 – 2013)
  • Previous Co-chair, Awards Committee (2007 – 2010)
  • Previous Member, Awards Committee (2005 – 2007)
  • Recipient, Wyeth/ASTS Mid-Level Faculty Research Award (2003 – 2005)
  • Previous Chair, Ad Hoc Workforce Committee (2003 – 2012)
  • Member, Ad Hoc Membership Database Committee (2003 – 2006)
  • Member, Scientific Studies Committee, (2001 – 2004)
  • Member, Education Committee (1997 – 2000)

The ASTS is my professional community and I am proud to be a member of such a vibrant and highly skilled transplant surgery workforce. My interest in transplantation started as a medical student at the University of Virginia and guided me through surgical residency at the University of Minnesota where I also had the opportunity to participate in exciting transplant research and earn a PhD. These early experiences and subsequent fellowship training at UCSF became the foundation of a fulfilling academic career, merging patient care, research and education. Today the role that the ASTS plays as an educational focal point is critical for the preparedness of the future transplant surgery workforce to drive high quality clinical care, impactful science, life-long learning and successful advocacy.
Through education, mentorship and professional camaraderie, the ASTS can help ensure a future transplant surgery workforce with the requisite skillsets needed to succeed in today’s highly regulated and complex environment. Important strides are already underway to assure ASTS continued leadership in the training of transplant surgeons. Innovative new programs and partnerships will be necessary to support the pipeline of transplant surgeon-scientists, surgeon educators, surgeon administrators, health policy experts, and other thought leaders of the future. In this way, ASTS will continue to lead new efforts to expand the organ donor pool and enhance access to transplant, optimize the function and longevity of transplant organs, improve the quality of life for transplant recipients and honor the generosity of living donors. Our members, trainees and staff are our greatest assets and ASTS efforts to engage the expertise of our entire group will be essential to these efforts.

Since completion of my transplant fellowship I have been actively involved in ASTS advocacy, education, and research related activities. I have been a contributor to the Chimera, ASTS Academic Universe, and the ASTS History initiative, a topic leader in national consensus conferences and a member of the ATC planning committee. As a representative of the transplant roundtable, I testified before the House Appropriations Committee to request funding for the Organ Donation and Recovery Improvement Act of 2004. I have served on the Editorial Board of AJT and Transplantation and currently am a Deputy Editor for Liver Transplantation. As a Professor of Surgery at the Ohio State University I have over 20 years experience in clinical transplantation, education and transplant immunology research. As Associate Dean for Research Education in the College of Medicine and Director of the Department of Surgery Research Training Program, I have been actively engaged in the training students along the continuum of medical education and serve as PI of an NIH T32 training grant for surgical trainees. Collectively these experiences, service and professional activities contribute to my qualifications, perspectives and motivation to serve as a potential ASTS Secretary and member of the Executive Committee entrusted with stewardship of the ASTS mission.

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David C. Mulligan, MD, FACS
Professor and Chief, Section of Transplantation  and Immunology
Department of Surgery
Yale-New Haven Health Transplantation Center
Yale School of Medicine
  • Current Co-Chair, Business Practice Services Committee (2015 – present)
  • Previous Member, Nominating Committee (2011 – 2013)
  • Previous Councilor-at-Large (2010 – 2013)
  • Previous Member, ASTS Awards Committee (2009 – 2012)
  • Previous Chair, Standards on Organ Transplantation Committee (2006 – 2009)
  • Previous Chair, Membership Committee (2003 – 2006)

My goals for the ASTS are to focus on the collaboration of our strengths and talents to advance the mission of the Society. Each year, the ASTS is fortunate to have a leader emerge with a unique agenda based upon his/her vision of what is needed to further our mission. The makeup of the council has changed as has the membership of our organization to reflect the collaborations we have in the business of transplantation, centers, OPO’s, and payers, as well as with the incredible teams of individuals who contribute to patient care every day, the Surgical Associate members. We have shifted from a society focused upon the immunology and techniques of successfully carrying out solid organ transplantation, to one where cellular regeneration and 3D bioprinting may one day increase the critical pool of donor organs, perhaps requiring no immunosuppression at all. Charlie Miller recently charged our Society to find better ways to increase organ donation and companies like Cereus have joined the cause to provide awards to the best ideas to accomplish this goal. Significant legislative efforts have been undertaken to improve funding for organ donation efforts as well as broaden support for immunosuppression for our patients. Mike Abecassis worked hard to maintain our RVU effort distribution along with the Standards and Legislative committees so that we continue to receive appropriate compensation for our work. And several members have worked tirelessly to create online transplant education modules, self-assessment tests, and even transplant specific opportunities to support maintenance of certification (MOC) for our boards. Research funding has been dwindling from pharmaceutical support, so the ASTS has been focused on continuing that mission, without which we would not progress our field. Even the education for our future leaders through the LDP and ALDP programs has been unique and hugely successful to teach the marketing, contracting, negotiating, team building, and finance aspects of transplantation that are critical but rarely including in a transplant surgeon’s curriculum. From a broad view, I have been a part of all of these things in my multitude of roles with the ASTS since taking a leadership role in 2003 as Chair of Membership. Through my roles as Chair of Standards, Awards, Councilor-at-large, and currently Co-Chair of Business Practice, I have helped to develop new arenas, strengthen and align new standards, worked within diverse groups and outside agencies, and most of all, remained passionately focused forward on all the good things we can accomplish in the future. I’m sure that as I serve a higher leadership opportunity, there will be new, yet unanticipated frontiers that will require priority attention. As a transplant surgeon, making the appropriate decisions at the time with the best judgements based upon knowledge and experience in the right amount of time is what we do. Every case demands these abilities and how to best solve them commands all our skills with a calm and relaxed temperament. I feel the ASTS must continue to work together collaboratively in every domain mentioned above and in our mission to leverage even more conquests in scientific research, greater cooperation with our colleagues in other societies and with OPTN and CMS, and the best possible methods to train, educate and support young surgeons and associates to stand on our shoulders and elevate our field to even greater heights. This is the vision I have for the ASTS if I am provided the opportunity to humbly serve at this capacity.

Councilors-at-Large  (Vote for 3)

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Talia B. Baker, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Chicago Medicine, Transplantation Institute
  • Current Chair, Living Donation Committee (2014 – present)
  • Previous Co-chair, Living Donation Committee (2012 – 2014)
  • Previous Member, Living Donation Committee (2010 – 2012)
  • Previous Co-chair, Ethics Committee (2011 – 2012)
  • Previous Member, Curriculum Committee (2007 – 2010)
  • Previous Member, Vanguard Committee (2005 – 2008)

It is with great pleasure and ;excitement that I forward my application for a Councilor-at-large position within the ASTS council. I have been a multiorgan transplant surgeon practicing at an academic center since 2003. My interests include liver transplantation with a focus on living donor liver transplant. I was the director of the living donor liver transplant program at Northwestern University Through these experiences, be included in the NIH adult to adult living donor consortium (A2ALL) and was an active participant both clinically and academically allowing my insight to develop further.

I recently moved to University of Chicago Medicine where I have joined the newly designated Transplantation Institute. I am hoping to help grow the liver transplant program, re-energize living liver donation and focus my clinical activities in liver transplantation and complex hepatobiliary surgery. My passion for and commitment to living donation, however, will reach beyond the traditional clinical realm as I have also been invited to participate at the Maclean Center for medical ethics as faculty contributing expertise about the ethical implications of living donation and social media.

My interest in this domain has emerged in the past few years. As a transplant surgeon I believe that living donation is among the most important resource to address our organ shortage. Increasing access to living donation through education and awareness of opportunities to donate will expand the potential donor pool. Society at large is already using social media to increase awareness about individuals who are in need or organs. The power of the social media space is growing exponentially. I believe we have a responsibility as a transplant society to carefully consider all of the implications of this new horizon and prepare to face it with guidelines that will help navigate toward the safest, most ethical, efficacious and equitable use of this potential precious source of organs.

During my tenure as the Chairperson of the living donor committee for the ASTS I was appointed as living donor advisor to ORGANIZE. In June 2016, I was honored to participate in the White House Organ donor summit as a representative of both ASTS and ORGANIZE moderating the break out session on living donation. Currently, I am working with ORGANIZE and the ASTS on several initiatives which will address many of the complexities associated with living donation and the social media space. We are currently developing a web based platform to offer education about opportunities to donate as well as to facilitate a registry for directed and non-directed anonymous donors.

I feel incredibly lucky to have had such an exciting experience as ASTS living donor chair, but I have so much more I’d like to offer. I am certain that if given the opportunity to serve as a Councilor-at-large, I will be able to continue to contribute significantly to the overall goals and vision of our society. Thank you for your support.

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Jonathan P. Fryer, MD
Dean Richard H. Young and Ellen Stearns Young Professor of Surgery
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Current Member, ASTS Exam Development Group (2013-present) 
  • Current Member, Transplant Accreditation and Certification Council (TACC) (2016-present)
  • Current Co-Chair, Fellowship Training Committee (2016-present)
  • Current member, ASTS Exam Development Group (2013-present) 
  • Previous Member, Fellowship Strategy Work Group (2013-2016)
  • Previous Chair, Curriculum Committee (2010-2013)
  • Previous Co-Chair, Curriculum Committee (2007-2010)
  • Previous Member, Fellowship Training Committee (2006-2009)
  • Previous Member, Ad Hoc Committee of Workforce (2005-2012)
  • Previous Member, Newsletter Committee (2004-2007)
  • Previous Member, Informatics & Data Management Committee (1998 – 2001)
  • Recipient, Upjohn Young Investigator Award (1994)

Dr. Jonathan Paul Fryer, the Dean Richard H. Young and Ellen Stearns Young Professor of surgery, grew up in Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada. He attended the University of Manitoba and obtained his MD in 1985 and completed his general surgery residency training there ;in 1991. During his residency he also obtained a Masters in Science degree with his thesis based on preclinical assessment of the immunosuppressive drug Rapamycin. He subsequently completed fellowship training in transplant surgery at the University of Minnesota where he continued transplant related research in the area of xenotransplantation immunobiology for which he received the Upjohn Young Investigator Award by the American Society of Transplant Surgery in 1994. He pursued an additional year of fellowship training at the University of Western Ontario to gain clinical experience with intestinal transplantation. In 1995 he ;started his career as a transplant surgeon at Northwestern University where he has remained for 20 years. He currently serves as the Director of the Liver transplant program for the Division of Organ Transplantation and the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. ;Fryer’s basic science ;research interests have been based in ;the immunobiology of xenotransplantation and intestinal transplantation. He has served as principal investigator in many studies defining the unique immunobiology of rejection in xenotransplantation and intestinal transplantation for which he received funding support from both industry and the NIH.

Currently, Dr. Fryer’s major career focus is in Surgical Education. Since 2007, he has served in the positions of Associate Program Director and Program Director for the General Surgery residency program at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University before being appointed Vice Chair of Surgery for Education in 2014. He has been awarded multiple Excellence in Teaching Awards. He has served as an Examiner for the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Certifying exam and as a Consultant for the ABS Qualifying exam. He is currently working with the ABS and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) to develop a certifying exam for Transplant Surgery fellowship training. He has worked with the ASTS in several other educational endeavors including development of an online curriculum and clinical milestones for transplant surgery fellowship, and establishing national guidelines for enhancing the educational experience for residents rotating on transplant surgery services. Dr. Fryer successfully completed the Surgical Education Research Fellowship (SERF) and has recently completed his thesis for a Masters in Health Professionals Education (MHPE) degree at the University of Illinois. The topic of his thesis is based on the development of PASS (Procedural Autonomy and Supervision System) a strategy for enhancing operative teaching and assessment based on progressive resident autonomy as part of a competency based curriculum. He has received that Association of Surgical Education’s award for Innovation in Surgical Education and is currently the Principal Investigator in a multicenter ABS sponsored trial to define the level of autonomy achieved by general surgery residents with core general surgery procedures during their residency training.

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Milan Kinkhabwala, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Chief Division of Transplantation
Director Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplant
Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center

  • Previous Member, MOC Task Force (2009 – 2012)
  • Previous Chair, CME Committee (2007 – 2010)
  • Previous Co-Chair, CME Committee (2006-2008)
  • Previous Co-Chair, Program, Publications & Post Grad Course (2004 – 2007)
  • Previous Member, Bylaws Committee (2003 – 2006)
  • Previous Member, Education Committee (2000 – 2002)
  • Previous Member, Vanguard Committee (2000 – 2001)

I am honored to be considered for a Councilor at Large position. I have been blessed with wonderful mentors in transplantation. My interest in transplant goes back to my student days at Cornell, when I worked with Dr. Suthanthiran, who went on to become AST president. I have been a transplant surgeon since 1996, after completing the fellowship at UCLA with Dr. Busuttil. After starting as a faculty member at NY Presbyterian, I was awarded an AST young investigator award. I launched a pancreas transplant program at NYP, and subsequently partnered with Jean Emond to build a new liver program, which became the largest in NY.

We were focused on surgical innovation: NYP was one of the first centers to establish an adult live donor liver program. I led the live donor program at NYP and worked to disseminate knowledge of live donor surgery at meetings, also running a practical course at Columbia and participating in the NYS DOH work group on live donation, which developed the first regulations for live donors. I was a participant in the NYS workgroup on Expanded criteria donors, one of the first such conferences in the nation. I was a codirector of the JDF-Cornell Islet Cell Program. I led the effort to create a functional machine perfusion device for liver grafts, and received a HRSA grant for this work; after leaving Columbia to join Einstein, James Guarrera took over this initiative. At Einstein, I established a Center for Transplant for adults and children, which has partnered with the NIH Liver Research Center to promote translational research. The Center has been very successful in clinical and academic growth, as well as outcomes. We have been regional leaders in supporting the use of DCD liver grafts and ECD kidneys. We have participated in important trials like the ELAD device for liver failure, and are participating in TransQIP beta. I have been active in UNOS as Region 9 representative to the liver committee, as well as active in AST, AASLD, AHPBA, and ILTS.

I joined ASTS in 1996 and have participated in the Society ever since, including as a founding member of Vanguard, chair of CME, participation in fellows conferences, participation in ATC meetings and Winter meetings as a program participant, and as a fellowship director, to name a few. As CME chair, I worked on the Society’s accreditation as a CME granting body. I hope my passion and experience as a transplant leader can be helpful in moving forward our Society in the future. I am interested in the Society’s role as an educator: I see a need to organize a systematic training program for new fellows in organ procurement to reduce injuries and promote DCD. I also see a need to establish and support regional training programs and events for surgical innovation in transplant, including live donor surgery.

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Christopher L. Marsh, MD, FACS
Vice President of Surgical Services, SCMG
Division Chief, Scripps Center for Organ Transplantation
Scripps Clinic & Green Hospital

  • Current Chair, Scientific Studies Committee (2014 – present)
  • Previous Co-Chair, Scientific Studies Committee (2011 – 2014)
  • Previous Member, Scientific Studies Committee (2009 – 2011)

I am extremely excited about the opportunity of serving as councilor at large on the ASTS counsel. I have been involved with the ASTS for several years on the Scientific Studies Committee, followed by being Co-Chair, and now, currently the Chair of the Scientific Studies Committee. This latter committee’s position has allowed me to fully experience the council’s work in enhancing and growing our society. My efforts with the Scientific Studies Committee has been to address both clinical and scientific problems that challenge transplant surgeons. Originally, I worked with Peter Abt on the committee to better understand the challenges of doing donor intervention research. Of late, the committee has been looking at the challenges that face transplant programs today (i.e. obesity in liver transplantation, implementation or lack thereof of pared kidney donation, variability in the use of DCD livers, and more recently, looking at the impact of changing marijuana legislation on transplant program policies and practices). Additionally, we are currently looking at a small multicenter effort in regards to fatty liver use, and utilizing digital analysis reading to determine diagnosis variability that could thus impact liver acceptance.

In terms of the experience that I can bring to the council, I am the Division Chief and Program Director of the Center for Organ Transplantation at Scripps Green Hospital. I am also the Vice President of Surgical Services for Scrips Clinic and Scripps Clinic Medical Group. Previously, I was an Associate Professor of Surgery & Urology, Director of the Kidney/Pancreas Transplantation Program, and Associate Head of the Division of Organ Transplantation at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. I have had a long history of involvement with UNOS, serving on liver, kidney and pancreas committees, and was the Regional Counselor for both region 5 and 6, which included work on the membership in Professional Standards Committee and the general UNOS board. Currently, I run a research committee for UNOS Region 5.

My honor and goal as counselor would be to serve our President and leadership as it addresses the issues of organ donor shortage, and to help provide the best training for fellows, and manage medical regulation that can impact transplant surgeons and our society. My position as VP of Surgical Services for the Scripps Clinic Medical Group puts me in a position of exposure in dealing with the development of an Accountable Care Organization, providing support to physicians as our medical group deals with Federal, and State regulation, and administrative pathways imposed by a large multi-hospital institution. I would like to see the ASTS Foundation grow stronger so as it can support more transplant surgeon research, provide greater opportunities for collaboration between transplant surgeons and programs, and also be the resource for novel transplant surgery development and education.

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Alan I. Reed, MD, MBA
Director, Organ Transplant Center
Professor and Chief, Division of Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery
Professor of Surgery, Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery
University of Iowa Health Care
  • Current Member, MACRA Task Force (2015 – present)
  • Current Member, LDP Planning Committee (2013 – present)
  • Previous Member, Curriculum Editorial Review Sub-Committee (2008 – 2012)
  • Previous Chair, Ethics Committee (2008 – 2011)
  • Previous Co-Chair, Ethics Committee (2005 – 2008)
  • Previous Co-Chair, Bylaws Committee (2004 – 2005)
  • Previous Member, Bylaws Committee (2002 – 2004)
  • Previous Member, Newsletter Committee (2001 – 2004)
  • Previous Member, Awards Committee (1997 – 2000)
  • Previous Member, Newsletter Committee (1997 – 2000)
  • Presenter, ASTS Leadership Development Program
  • Presenter, ASTS Advanced Leadership Development Program
  • ASTS Advocate on legislative issues

I would be honored to be selected to serve the ASTS membership as a Councilor-at-Large. I have been a member since completing my fellowship in 1991 and have served the society in numerous roles over the past 20 years. I have had appointments to the Awards, Newsletter, Bylaws and Ethics committees including service as a co-chair and chair of the latter. While Chair of the Ethics Committee, I spearheaded ASTS’s participation as a co-sponsor in a joint conference with Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and Chicago Transplant Ethics Consortium, drafted the Society’s response to the Declaration of Istanbul, and helped craft the joint COI policy with AST for the ATC. More recently, I was on the planning committee for the Joint ASTS/AST workshop on increasing organ donation in the United States that called for concerted action to remove remaining disincentives and test the impact and acceptability of incentives to increase organ availability. Currently, I am involved in the planning and delivery of the Leadership Development Programs (LDP and ALDP) the Society sponsors with the Kellogg School of Management to train our future leaders and crafting our Society’s response and course through Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program.

Within the broader transplant community, I have served in additional transplant related leadership roles, including as vice-chair of the Membership and Professional Standards Committee of UNOS and currently on their COIIN Advisory Board. I serve on the Board of Directors of our OPO, the Iowa Donor Network. I have a leadership role in a number of projects at the enterprise level at my institution. This broad experience across hospitals, OPOs, and regulatory agencies, along with my business education, has allowed me to acquire skill sets that will bring value to the leadership team of our Society. I would be excited to be part of the team that continues the path that the recent strategic plan has established and work collaboratively to advance our field.

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Kenneth Washburn, MD
Executive Director, Comprehensive Transplant Center
Chief, Division of Transplant Surgery, Department of Surgery
Professor of Surgery
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Current Member, ASTS Finance Committee (2016 – present)
  • Previous Chair, Curriculum Committee (2013 – 2016)
  • Previous Co-Chair, Curriculum Committee (2010 – 2012)
  • Previous Member, Curriculum Committee (2009 – 2010)
  • Previous Member, ATC Planning Committee (2009 – 2010)
  • Previous Member, Ethics Committee (2005 – 2008)
  • Previous Member, Standards Committee (2004 – 2007)

I have been an ASTS member since 1995 and have enjoyed the benefits of this membership ever since. I have had the good fortune of serving the ASTS continuously since 2004 in a number of different capacities. It has become abundantly clear to me over this time that we must be a strong voice and promoter for the causes of our patients, our trainees and ourselves. There is no greater avenue for this advocacy than through our own society, the ASTS. A continued strong voice is necessary in these days of competing interests to keep our issues front and center to those that can help us move our agenda forward. Surgeons have been and need to continue to be the strong leaders in our field.

My prior experience as the director of a liver transplant program serving a large geographic and ethnically diverse population in San Antonio has been formative in my development. Likewise, serving as the medical director for that OPO provide me great insight to other aspect of transplantation. I recently transitioned to an Executive Director role of a large abdominal and thoracic transplant program. This experience continues to broaden my exposure and knowledge of transplantation across many aspects.

Outside of ASTS I have been actively involved with UNOS since 2003. I have served in many capacities including chair of the Liver and Intestine Committee, MPSC, Policy Oversight, Regional Councilor, Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Corporate Advisory Committee. These experiences have been extraordinary in how they have shaped my understanding of transplantation. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to have served in these many capacities.

The breadth and depth of my experiences in multiple areas of transplantation have and will continue to serve me and the constituents I support well. I believe I am well positioned to be a strong advocate for the ASTS and its members and would be honored to serve as one of its councilors.

Associate Councilor (Vote for 1)

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Deborah A. Hoch, DNP, ACNP-BC
Transplant Nurse Practitioner
Division of Nephrology and Transplantation
Maine Medical Center

  • Previous Chair, Advanced Transplant Provider Committee (2009 – 2012
  • Previous Member, ATC Planning Committee (20009 – 2012)

My time within the American Society of Transplant Surgeons has led to my professional growth and has uniquely prepared me for a role on the ASTS Council. I have had exposure to many mentors in the field during my time as Chair of the ATP Committee, and these professionals have shown me the subtleties of Chair-ing a multidisciplinary committee and ensuring all voices are “brought to the table” at every point in policy and agenda changes. I believe my time working on such projects as the ATP newsletter, mentor program and program development for annual ASTS meeting and acting as a liaison between advanced providers and administrative professionals has prepared me to take on the many communicative and inclusive responsibilities expected of an ASTS council member.

Additionally, my time collaborating with the Maine Medical Center transplant surgeons and the many members who make up the transplant team have pushed my skills both clinically and academically. I have always strived for exceptional patient-centered care at every point of the transplant process, but the culture within the transplant community of furthering care through research and teaching has made academics an inherent part of my career; working in clinical research and acting as clinical faculty within Tufts Medical School to encourage providers of all levels to engage with transplant patients. I firmly believe the academic environment I have immersed myself in over the past fourteen years in the MMC Transplant team will be an exceptional bridge to understanding and promoting the academic responsibilities of the ASTS Council, particularly as it pertains to the academic environment of Advanced Practice Providers in the Transplant community.

ASTS has opened its doors to Advance Practice, unprecedented, and has allowed me and my colleagues to share research, pathways, and evidence-based practice within the society to further our team’s clinical goals of providing excellent care to our transplant patients throughout the country. Our practice has evolved and the opportunity to serve on the ASTS Council would be an incredible path to promote the positive impact that Advanced Practice Providers have on the field of transplantation, while furthering our skills, experience, and continued involvement in shaping the direction of Transplantation. It would be a privilege to bring the knowledge of the rapidly changing Advance Practice culture to the ASTS Council and I believe that my time as a fully engaged member of the Transplant community has made me uniquely prepared to take on this role.

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Humberto L. Monge, PA-C, MPAS
Transplant Physician Assistant
Stanford University

  • Recipient, Advanced Transplant Provider Award (2011)

My medical career began when I joined the Navy from high school, becoming a Corpsman. After my tours of active duty, I remained in the naval reserve and pursued my medical education. At San Diego State University (SDSU), I received my Bachelor’s in Health Science, then graduated from the Stanford PA Program, and received a Master’s Degree in General Surgery from the University of Nebraska. During PA school training in 1989, I attended a Grand Rounds lecture on liver failure and transplantation by a hepatologist from the newly formed transplant program at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco, and I was hooked.

Upon graduation, I began my career in the field of transplantation at CPMC in 1990, then helped to re-establish the transplant program at Stanford University in 1995; becoming the first PA to be credentialed at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LSPCH). Over the subsequent 25 years, I dedicated my efforts to advance clinical practice through translation of scientific information, development of standards and clinical mentoring, while assisting in over 1,500 liver transplants, and training hundreds of residents and over 40 surgical fellows. I have co-authored over 12 peer-reviewed papers, and wrote the Manual of Adult and Pediatric Liver Transplant Protocols, used by coordinators, residents, fellows, and attendings.

Throughout my career, I have received numerous awards. I was honored with the President’s Award at SDSU for the development of a scholarship program for underserved students pursuing degrees in healthcare. In 2010, I received the Stanford School of Medicine’s Mary Em Wallace Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and service as a role model. I was the inaugural recipient of the ASTS Advanced Practitioner Award in 2011. Additionally, I gave the Keynote Address at the Commencement of the School of Medicine’s PA Class of 2014.

As clinician and educator, I am the Senior Physician Assistant for the Division of Multi-Organ Transplant and the Department of Surgery. I have taken the lead in the training and career development of Advance Practice Providers(APPs) and there are now over 100 APPs providing care throughout the Stanford Health Care System, LSPCH, and the Palo Alto V.A. I have served on multiple executive committees including the Stanford University Education Advisory Committee for the PA School transition to a Master’s Program and the Medical Board’s Interdisciplinary Practice Committee.

Continuing to serve my country, I rose through the enlisted ranks and am a commissioned officer in the Naval Medical Service Corps, with deployments for Operation Desert Storm and the War in Iraq. I am appointed as the Senior Medical Officer for my reserve unit attached to Camp Pendleton.

My goal, in seeking to serve this council, is to develop and increase the recruitment and participation of APPs in the ASTS. I aim to assist the leadership of the ASTS in programs to increase organ donation, particularly in the minority community. Finally, I seek to collaborate with transplant surgeons to further develop programs to educate and train APPs to enhance their expertise in transplantation.

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Georgeine Smith, MS, MHS, PA-C
Lead Surgical Physician Assistant
Transplant Surgery
Penn Transplant Institute
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Current Chair, Advanced Transplant Provider Committee (2014 – present)
  • Previous Co-chair, Advanced Transplant Provider Committee (2013 – 2014)
  • Previous Member, Advanced Transplant Provider Committee (2011 – 2013)

I am very excited for the opportunity to continue my participation with The American Society of Transplant surgeons. 2008 I first started working in transplant and my supervising physician, Dr. Kim Olthoff told me about ASTS and encouraged me to join. As a member of ASTS I immensely enjoyed my first Winter Symposium. 2011 I joined the Advanced Transplant Provider committee, 2013 I became co-chair of the committee 2014 I became chair after the chair at that time stepped down.

The ATP committee has done some wonderful things for PA-C’s and NP’s working in transplant and I am proud to have been a part of these endeavors. We created an ATP link for the ASTS web page and developed a mentorship program for ATP’s new to transplant. As co-chair I increased my participation with the committee providing support to the chair of the committee as well as communicating with our ASTS liaison in an effort to assist in moving our projects along and ultimately became chair of the committee when the current chair chose to step down. Since being chair we have completed an ATP brochure, added an ATP session during the Winter Symposium and implemented a Certificate of Achievement Program. I successfully completed one of my personal goals of increasing the diversity of the committee. Currently we have more PA-C’s as well as members from the west coast and the southwest. As chair, I have participated in the planning of the Winter Symposium during a high energy meeting with swift moving ideas, but I was able to speak up to ensure ideas for the ATP’s were met.

My experience as a surgical Physician Assistant in a newly created position in addition to being an active member and ultimately chair of the ATP committee make me an excellent candidate for the inaugural Associate Councilor position. My current position with The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania was an inaugural position. My flexibility and understanding of a new position has demonstrated its value. Now there are two of us serving as first assist for procurement. I have recently enhanced my leadership training with additional courses and now serve as the Lead Surgical Physician Assistant. Most importantly, I have successfully participated in the training of many young transplant surgeons as first assist with Fellows during procurement surgery. In this role I am instrumental in their continued procurement training.

I continue to share with other ATP’s the value of joining the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. I envision the ASTS as being the recognized Gold Standard for ATP education and as Associate Councilor would strive towards achieving that goal. I envision the ASTS as the premier educator for Advanced Transplant Providers. My participation with ASTS has been a great learning experience in addition to a welcomed opportunity to provide service to the transplant community. This inaugural position for Associate Councilor is a wonderful addition to ASTS. I would proudly welcome the opportunity to successfully participate with the American Society of Transplant Surgeons in the role of Associate Councilor.