2021 American Transplant Congress Highlights

The American Transplant Congress (ATC), the must-attend conference for transplant professionals around the world, went virtual for the second time this year and took place June 4 - June 9.

As the joint meeting of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the 2021 event brought together approximately 3,800 attendees and exhibitors—a diverse mix of physicians, surgeons, scientists, nurses, organ procurement personnel, advanced transplant providers, pharmacists, administrators, and other transplant professionals.

The event featured abstracts, oral presentations, and poster presentations, all delivered through live broadcast and OnDemand sessions in a way that encouraged the exchange of new clinical and scientific information and supported an interchange of opinions regarding socioeconomic, ethical, and regulatory issues relevant to organ and tissue transplantation.

If you attended this year’s ATC and need to claim credits, please email education@asts.org.

If you were not able to attend, ATC Virtual Connect OnDemand Access is available to ASTS members for $299 and includes streaming sessions, speaker handouts, and more. OnDemand will be available on the ATC website through June 3, 2022.

ASTS Pioneer Award & Research Grants


The ASTS Pioneer Award is the most distinguished award bestowed upon an individual by the ASTS for a significant contribution to the field of transplantation. This year’s Pioneer Award recipient was Clive O. Callender, MD, FACS. Dr. Callender was recognized during the Awards Presentation Ceremony on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

The ASTS Research Grants were also presented on  June 5, by ASTS President Marwan Abouljoud, MD, CPE, FACS. For a full list of grant recipients and their research projects, click here.

AJT Awards

The AJT Award honors meritorious articles published in the American Journal of Transplantation (AJT) in the prior calendar year by members of AST and ASTS. Dr. Sandy Feng, Editor-in-Chief of the AJT, presented 2021 Outstanding Article Awards to the authors of articles in the categories of Basic Science, Translational, and Clinical Research.

Presidential Address

Dr. Abouljoud gave his Presidential Address, “The Pandemic Presidency: Studying the Past, Living the Present and Building for the Future," on Saturday, June 5.

See You Next Year!

Abstract submissions for the 2022 American Transplant Congress are expected to open Fall 2021. The event will be held June 4-8, 2022, at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. To learn more, visit www.atcmeeting.org.