2019 Co-located LDN and Comprehensive DCD Workshops

Aug 26 7:00 AM - Aug 28, 3:00 PM 2019
Aug 26, 2019 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Address: 6670 Bertner Ave
  • How to find us: Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIE)

ASTS is co-locating the Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy and Comprehensive Donation after Circulatory Death Workshops in 2019! Learners will be able to choose to attend just one hands-on workshop, or attend both at a reduced registration rate. Both workshops will be held at the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIE) in Houston, Texas from August 26–28, 2019.

LDN Workshop: August 26–27, 2019
Comprehensive DCD Workshop: August 27–28, 2019 

The Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy Workshop will include surgical video viewings and group discussion, a hands-on cadaver lab, and interactive didactic sessions covering topics such as complications, techniques, donor safety, and patient care.

For the second year, ASTS is hosting a Comprehensive Donation after Circulatory Death Workshop aimed at teaching attendees about all aspects of donation after circulatory death, from both a surgical and OPO perspective. The course will include surgical videos and discussion, didactic lectures from top surgeons in the field, and a hands-on cadaver lab.

DCD Workshop Pre-Reading Materials:
The course faculty have compiled a list of suggested pre-reading materials for workshop attendees. To access the pre-reading materials:
1. Log into your account on
2. Click the "Member Portal" link in the top right corner of the page
3. Click on "My Profile" then the "My Purchases" tab at the top
5. Click "Events" and then the blue "Details" button to the right of the 2019 Co-located LDN and DCD Workshops
6. You will be able to see a list of the pre-reading materials available for download under "Documents"

ASTS gratefully acknowledges the following companies and organizations for their support of the LDN/DCD Workshops:

Distinguished Supporters:

CareDx, Inc.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Veloxis Pharmaceuticals

Champion Supporter:


Benefactor Supporters:

Donor Alliance, Organ & Tissue Donation
LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma
Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency
Southwest Transplant Alliance



Participants can choose to attend both workshops at a discounted registration rate or you can select to attend only one workshop when registering


 Early Registration 

(Now - July 17)

 Regular Registration

(July 17 - August 9)

 Combined LDN and DCD Workshop Registration (August 26 - 28)
 ASTS Fellow  $1,550.00   $1,650.00
 Member   $1,750.00   $1,850.00
 Non-Member   $2,100.00   $2,250.00
 Industry   $2,300.00   $2,400.00
 LDN Workshop Only (August 26 - 27)
 Member  $950.00  $1,050.00
 Non-Member  $1,250.00  $1,350.00
 Industry  $1,250.00  $1,350.00
DCD Workshop Only (August 27 - 28)
 Member  $950.00  $1,050.00
 Non-Member  $1,250.00  $1,350.00
 Industry  $1,250.00   $1,350.00
 OPO Registration  $850.00  $850.00



If a registrant is unable to attend, the fee may be transferred to a substitute. If no qualified substitute can be arranged before August 9, 2019, a refund will be issued, less a $100 non-refundable deposit. Registration cancellation requests must be made in writing and received by August 9, 2019. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after August 9, 2019.


The ASTS has a room block at the Houston Marriott Medical Center. The group rate is $169.00 per night until August 2, 2019. You can contact the hotel directly at 713-796-0080 to reserve your room nights for the event or click here to book a room online. 

Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District
6580 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 | Phone: 713-796-0080


Click here to download the agenda

 Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy Workshop
 Monday, August 26, 2019
 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM  Breakfast and Registration
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Surgical Video and Discussion
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM  Lunch (sponsored by Veloxis)
 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM  Intra-Op Complications and Difficult, Unusual, and Unique Cases
 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM  Donor Nephrectomy Techniques
 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM  Appropriate Workup and Patient Selection for Donation
 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM  Break (sponsored by CareDx)
 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM  Considerations for Appropriate Kidney Selection
 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM  Post-op Care and Potential Complications
 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM  Long Term Effects and Complications after Donation
 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM  Dinner (sponsored by Ethicon)
Hotel Zaza, 5701 Main St., Houston, TX


Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy Workshop
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
 6:30 AM - 7:00 AM Breakfast
7:00 AM – 11:00 AM Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy Hands-on Cadaver Lab          
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lunch Available


Comprehensive Donation after Cardiac Death (DCD) Workshop
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Lunch Available                                                                            
 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  Setting Up a DCD Program in your DSA
• OPO Perspective
• Surgical Perspective
• Ethical Issues
 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM  Setting Up the DCD Recovery
• Identifying the Suitable DCD Donor and Recipient
• Optimizing the Donor Recovery Process
 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM  Break (sponsored by Veloxis)
 2:50 PM - 4:20 PM  Performing the DCD Recovery
• DCD Recovery 101
• Surgical videos and discussion
• Adjunctive Therapies
 4:20 PM - 5:50 PM  Strategies to Improve Outcomes
• Hypothermic Ex-Vivo Perfusion
• Normothermic Ex-Vivo Perfusion
• Improving Best Practices
 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  Dinner (sponsored by CareDx)
 Third Coast, 6550 Bertner Ave, 6th Floor, Houston TX


Comprehensive Donation after Cardiac Death (DCD) Workshop
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
7:15 AM - 7:45 AM  Breakfast Available
7:45 AM - 8:30 AM  Review of Day 1 and Thoracic Perspective
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Hands-on Cadaver Lab
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

 Lunch: Case Study Discussion: Management of Post-Operative Complications

 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  DCD Cost & Outcomes
• SRTR/Outcomes Data & Mitigating Risk
• Cost of DCD Liver Transplantation
 2:00 pm - 2:30 PM  Panel Discussion and Workshop De-brief
 2:30 PM  Adjourn