2019 Co-located Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy Workshop and Donation after Circulatory Death Workshop Highlights

For the first time, ASTS co-located two of its popular hands-on courses to facilitate attendees being able to attend both these valuable courses. The Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy and Donation after Circulatory Death Workshops took place at the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIE) in Houston, TX, from August 26–28, 2019.

The Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy Workshop included surgical video viewings and group discussion, a hands-on cadaver lab, and interactive didactic sessions. The LDN Workshop was attended by surgeons of all experience levels, who enjoyed the hands-on surgical experience and the open dialogue about donor and recipient selection, post-operative care, and long-term follow-up.

The Comprehensive Donation after Circulatory Death Workshop was planned with the goal of teaching attendees about all aspects of donation after circulatory death, from both a surgical and OPO perspective. The course included surgical videos and discussion, didactic lectures from top surgeons in the field, and a hands-on cadaver lab. The format of the workshop facilitated an open dialogue between surgeons and OPO professionals, especially about how to better work together to improve the overall DCD process, that participants found to be extremely valuable.

Thank you to all the faculty who participated and helped to make the workshops a success!

LDN Workshop Faculty:

Tayyab Diwan, MD
Lloyd Ratner, MD, MPH
Madison Cuffy, MD
Trevor Nydam, MD

DCD Workshop Faculty:

Mark Hobeika, MD
David Foley, MD
Steven Hanish, MD
Kevin Myer
George Loss, MD
David Axelrod, MD, MBA
Cutler Quillin, MD
Gabriel Loor, MD

ASTS is grateful for the support of our industry and OPO partners for participating in this course. Please join us in thanking our Distinguished Level sponsors, CareDx, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Veloxis Pharmaceuticals, our Champion Level sponsor, Medtronic, and our Benefactor level sponsors, Donor Alliance, LifeGift, LifeShare of Oklahoma, Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, and Southwest Transplant Alliance.