2020 LDN and DCD Workshop

  • Dates: 29 Apr – 01 May, 2020
  • Location: Houston, Texas

The 2020 Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy (LDN) Workshop and Comprehensive Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) Workshop will take place Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - Friday, May 1, 2020 in Houston, TX. The didactic sessions will be at the Houston Marriott Medical Center and the lab portion of the meeting will be held at Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIE). Learners will be able to choose to attend just one hands-on workshop, or attend both at a reduced registration rate.

LDN Workshop: April 29 - 30, 2020
Comprehensive DCD Workshop: April 30 - May 1, 2020

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.

The 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.


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 - March 17)

Regular Registration
(March 18 - April 15)

Combined LDN and DCD Workshop Registration (April 30 - May 1)
ASTS Fellow $1,550.00 $1,650.00
Member $1,750.00 $1,850.00
Non-Member $2,250.00 $2,350.00
Industry $2,500.00 $2,600.00
LDN Workshop Only (April 29 - April 30)
Member $950.00 $1,050.00
Non-Member $1,250.00 $1,350.00
Industry $1,500.00 $1,650.00
DCD Workshop Only (April 30 - May 1)
Member $950.00 $1,050.00
Non-Member $1,250.00 $1,350.00
Industry $1,500.00 $1,650.00
OPO Registration $850.00 $850.00

If you are an Advanced Transplant Provider (ATP) and are interested in attending the workshop, please contact

Cancellation Policy:
If a registrant is unable to attend, the fee may be transferred to a substitute. If no qualified substitute can be arranged before April 8, 2020, a refund will be issued, less a $100 non-refundable deposit. Registration cancellation requests must be made in writing and received by April 8, 2020. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after April 8, 2020. 

The ASTS has a room block at the Houston Marriott Medical Center for $169.00 per night. To book within the hotel block you can contact the hotel directly at 713-796-0080 or online by clicking here. All hotel reservations must be made by April 7, 2020. 

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

The full program with speakers will be available soon.

 Wednesday, April 29, 2020 
Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy (LDN) Workshop 
 Breakfast and Registration
 Surgical Video Hand assist, Pure Lap, Single Site, and Robotic
 Panel Discussion: Choosing your Technique
 Controversies in Living Donor Selection-Obesity, Diabetes and Hypertension
 Intra-Op Complications and Difficult, Unusual, and Unique Cases
 Small Group Case Discussion  
 Interactive Session  
 Appropriate Workup and Patient Selection for Donation 
 Considerations for Appropriate Kidney Selection 
 Post-op Care and Potential Complications 

 Thursday, April 30, 2020 
Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy (LDN) Workshop 
 Breakfast available 
 Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy Hands-on Lab

 Thursday, April 30, 2020 
 Comprehensive Donation after Cardiac Death (DCD) Workshop
 Lunch and Registration
 Setting Up a DCD Program at your DSA
 Setting Up the DCD Recovery
 Performing the DCD Recovery
 Strategies to Improve Outcomes

 Friday, May 1, 2020
 Comprehensive Donation after Cardiac Death (DCD) Workshop
 Breakfast available
 Comprehensive DCD Workshop Hands-on Lab
 Lunch and Case Study Discussion
 DCD Costs and Outcomes 
Adjourn (3:00 pm)