ASTS transplant surgery fellows and select faculty members gathered at the South Seas Island Resort in Captiva, Florida for the 10th Annual ASTS Surgical Fellows Symposium from October 7–9, 2016.

One of the highlights from the first day of the meeting was the Presidential Address delivered by Tim Pruett, MD. Dr. Pruett provided an overview of the history of the ASTS and extolled the benefits of being part of the organization. Friday evening concluded with Fellowship Trivia, which ended in a high-energy tie-breaker.

The Saturday sessions were led by panels of faculty members and focused on recipient selection and evaluation. On Saturday evening fellows learned about the job pathways of some of the leaders in the field and how they chose their area of expertise.

On Saturday afternoon, ASTS administered its second pilot exam to both fellows and faculty. Fellow and faculty scores will be used to analyze the validity of the questions, and the Exam Development Group will continue to build more questions as they work toward advancing the certificate program for future fellows. 

The symposium concluded on Sunday with the faculty discussing their “worst cases ever,” which led to a debate on what some of the worst transplants have been for faculty and fellows. ASTS thanks everyone for participating in this program and making it a tremendous success!

Thank You

ASTS acknowledges and thanks Novartis for their support as a Gold Level Sponsor for the 2016 Fellows Symposium.

ASTS acknowledges and thanks Astellas for their independent medical education grant for the 2016 Fellows Symposium.

Planning Committee


André A.S. Dick, MD, MPH
Seattle Children’s Hospital


Benjamin Samstein, MD
New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University 

Irene Kim, MD
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Ryutaro Hirose, MD
Chair, Fellowship Training Committee and Program Advisor

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