ASTS 21st Annual State of the Art Winter Symposium

Jan 14 10:00 AM - Jan 16, 4:00 PM 2021
Jan 14, 2021 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Address: Virtual

To disseminate the latest science in transplantation surgery while safeguarding the health and safety of attendees, we have decided to hold the 21st Annual State of the Art Winter Symposium virtually. Beginning on January 14, the sessions you’ve come to expect and enjoy—along with some innovative new ones—will be available from the comfort of your home or office. This format will allow more flexibility and an opportunity for those who are not able to travel. In addition, we can enjoy new ways of connecting and interacting while looking forward to our next in-person connection.

Please plan to join us for this first-ever virtual meeting dedicated to the art and science of transplant surgery! 

Thank you to the Winter Symposium Planning Committee for their hard work developing this new version of our winter meeting. Stay tuned for more details!


Marwan S. Abouljoud, MD, FACS, MMM
ASTS President

M. B. Majella Doyle, MD, MBA
Chair, Winter Symposium Planning Committee



 Thursday, January 14, 2021
 10:00 am  10:15 am  Meeting Welcome
 10:15 am  10:50 am  My COVID-19 Experience and Q&A with Tomoaki Kato
 10:50 am  2:25 pm  Diversity and Inclusion Series
  • Video: Celebration of Diversity within the United Stated and ASTS
  • Where are we as a Country?
  • Transplant Specific Diversity: Where is the Field?
  • Video: Personal Stories and Anecdotes from ASTS Members
  • How Can the Transplant Community Tackle Diversity Issues?
  • How Can Hospital Leadership Take Action?
  • Taking Care of Diverse Patient Populations
  • Disparities in Donation: Issues and Solutions
  • Live Panel Discussion and Q&A
 2:25 pm  2:40 pm  Break
 2:40 pm  3:25 pm  Oral Abstract Session I
 3:25 pm  4:00 pm  Najarian Lecture
 4:00 pm  5:00 pm  Networking Session

 Friday, January 15, 2021
 Concurrent Sessions (Lunch break from 12:30 - 1:30 pm) 
 10:00 am  2:00 pm

 Living Donor Liver Transplant Clinic

  • Starting a Living Donor Liver Transplant Program
  • Mitigating Outflow & Inflow Issues
  • Living Liver Donor Paired Exchange: Reality or Pipe Dream?
  • Case Presentations: Complex hepatic vein, bile duct, hepatic artery, and portal vein
 10:00 am  2:00 pm

 Living Kidney Donor and Pancreas Clinic

  • Bariatric Surgery in Advance of Kidney Transplant
  • How to Start Doing Robotic Kidney Transplant Recipients
  • Surgical Videos and Discussion: Peds en bloc, ureteral stricture clinic, selecting and recovering a pancreas graft
 10:00 am  1:00 pm

 Advanced Transplant Provider Session

  • Small Bowel Transplant Complications
  • Sarcopenia Pre or Post Transplant
  • Pregnancy after Transplantation
  • Business Development of Transplant Programs
  • VCA Face Transplant
  • Ethnic and Cultural Disparities within Transplant Programs
 2:00 pm  2:50 pm  Oral Abstract Session II
 2:50 pm  3:05 pm  Break
 3:05 pm  4:00 pm  The Impact of COVID-19 on Transplant Centers: Business Perspective
 4:00 pm  5:00 pm  Networking Session

 Saturday, January 16, 2021
 Concurrent Sessions
 10:00am  12:30 pm

 Timely Topics in Liver Transplantation

  • Treatment for HCC Outside of the U.S.: Are We Too Conservative?
  • National Liver Review Board for HCC
  • Liver Resection in a Cirrhotic Patient
  • How to Manage Patients Who Have Received Immunotherapy
 10:00 am  12:30 pm

 Timely Topics in Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation

  • Kidney Allocation Update
  • Pancreas Transplantation for Type II Diabetes
  • HCV Positive Kidneys
  • HIV Positive Donors
  • How to Assess the Marginal Kidney
 12:30 pm  1:30 pm  Lunch Break
 1:30 pm  1:50 pm  Awards Presentation
 1:50 pm  2:50 pm  Oral Abstract Session III
 2:50 pm  3:30 pm  Wellness and Peer Support Session
 3:30 pm  4:00 pm  Presidential Address