The 7th ASTS Leadership Development Program, September 11-14, brought together surgeons, physicians, administrators, and nurses along with representatives from industry and UNOS to learn about the business side of transplant centers.

Daniel Schwartz, MD, MBA, of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave the first dinner keynote address on “The CMS Perspective,” and the next night, Ronald W. Busuttil, MD, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles gave a talk on “Building a Sustainable, Robust Transplant Program: Lessons Learned and Challenges for the Future.”>

The course featured professors from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management on topics such as negotiations and leading high-performing teams, as well as ASTS members speaking about topics including SRTR reports, transplant finance, contracting, and the regulatory landscape.

16LDP_11On the final evening of the program, three teams competed in the “Transplant Shark Tank.” The three very competitive teams prepared their cases over three days and presented to three judges: Jim Woodrum from the Kellogg School of Management, Thomas Hamilton, formerly with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Dr. Ken Andreoni, chair of the ASTS Business Practice Services and LDP Planning Committees. After a hard fought debate about finances, patient care, and viability of their plans, the team that dubbed themselves “University of Southern Indiana” led by Ms. Kandis Schwartz, Director of Transplant Services at Intermountain Medical Center and Dr. Mark Hobeika, Transplant Surgeon from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston won the competition.

ASTS gratefully acknowledges support for the 2016 Leadership Development Program from our Corporate Sponsor: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation- Gold Level.

Additional thanks go to the ASTS LDP Planning committee members: Drs. Ken Andreoni, David Axelrod, Alan Reed, Michael Abecassis, Will Chapman, Jason Wellen, Jeremy Goodman, Marwan Abouljoud, and David Mulligan.

Next year, ASTS will host a new Advanced Leadership Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. To be put on the early interest list, contact Laurie Kulikosky at

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