Previous Winter Symposia

ASTS 20th Annual Winter Symposium

Jan 09 12:00 PM - Jan 12, 1:00 PM 2020
Jan 09, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Location: Miami, Florida
  • Address: Loews Miami Beach Hotel

2020 Winter Symposium


Honoring Our History, Forging Our Future


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Thursday, January 9, 2020
11:00 AM 12:00 PM  Medtronic Sponsored Lunch Symposium
12:00 PM 12:15 PM Meeting Welcome & History of the Winter Symposium
Past Mistakes, Present Practice
12:15 PM 12:50 PM Technical Challenges - Liver
12:50 PM 1:30 PM Technical Challenges - Kidney/Pancreas
1:30 PM 2:10 PM Technical Challenges - Living Donor Recipient and Donor
2:10 PM 2:30 PM Break
Americana Salons 3&4
2:30 PM 2:50 PM "In the Surgeon's Studio" Interview
2:50 PM 3:30 PM Oral Abstract Session I
3:30 PM
 4:00 PM
John S. Najarian Lectureship
What the Future Holds
4:00 PM 4:45 PM Who Gets the Liver? Alcoholic Hepatitis vs. Frailty vs. Advanced Cancer
4:45 PM 5:30 PM Who Gets to Donate a Kidney? Young African American Male vs. Obese Patient vs. Terminally Ill Donor
5:45 PM 7:15 PM Poster Session A & Exhibit Hall Reception

Friday, January 10, 2020

7:00 AM
7:55 AM
ASTS Research Grants: Updates and Outcomes (Sponsored by Veloxis Pharmaceuticals)
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Breakfast Symposium (Sponsored by Natera Inc.)
Concurrent Sessions
8:00 AM 11:00 AM Advanced Transplant Provider Session
8:00 AM 11:00 AM Business Practice & Advocacy Session
8:00 AM 11:00 AM Education Workshop
11:00 AM  12:00 PM  Lunch Symposium (Sponsored by CareDx, Inc.) 
11:30 AM 12:00 PM Exhibit Hall Networking
Forging our Future
12:00 PM 12:30 PM Hot Topics from the Literature
12:30 PM 1:40 PM Disruptive Technology
1:40 PM 2:15 PM Technology Panel
2:15 PM 2:35 PM Break
Americana Salons 3&4
2:35 PM 3:15 PM Oral Abstract Session II
3:15 PM 3:50 PM Hume Lecture
3:50 PM 4:10 PM Break
Americana Salons 3&4
Old Practices, New Paradigms
4:10 PM 4:45 PM Routine Piggyback vs. Routine Venovenous Bypass
4:45 PM 5:20 PM Foreign National Recipients vs. Non-foreign National Recipients
5:30 PM 7:00 PM Poster Session B & Exhibit Hall Reception

Saturday, January 11, 2020
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8:00 AM 9:20 AM AHPBA Session
9:20 AM 9:40 AM Awards Presentation
9:40 AM 10:30 AM Oral Abstract Session III
10:30 AM 10:50 AM Break
Americana Salons 3&4
Visions from the 1st Annual Winter Symposium
10:50 AM 11:05 AM Living Donor Kidney: The Past
11:05 AM 11:20 AM Living Donor Kidney: The Present and Future
11:20 AM 11:35 AM How Can We Translate Success of Living Kidney Donation into Living Liver Donation?
11:35 AM 12:00 PM Panel Discussion
12:00 PM 12:30 PM Presidential Address
12:45 PM
1:45 PM
Lunch Symposium (Sponsored by Veloxis Pharmaceuticals)
 Moral Injury and the Transplant Surgeon
 2:00 PM  2:15 PM  The Scope of the Problem
 2:15 PM  3:00 PM  Navigating a Catastrophic Event
 3:00 PM  3:15 PM  Q&A with Dr. Pomfret
6:30 PM 9:00 PM Reception, Dinner, and Dancing
Americana Lawn
Sunday, January 12, 2020
8:30 AM 9:30 AM Video Abstracts
9:30 AM 10:05 AM Mini-Oral Abstracts
10:05 AM 12:00 PM Special Invited Presidential Session: Transplantation Metrics Roundtable Discussion

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ASTS gratefully acknowledges the sponsors of the 2020 Winter Symposium:

Platinum Plus Level

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Platinum Level

Care Dx, Inc.

Diamond Level

Natera Inc.

Veloxis Pharmaceuticals

Gold Level


Silver Level


Bronze Level

Hansa Biopharma

Continuing Medical Education

The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Transplant Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Credit hours are subject to change and final credit hours will be provided on-site. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Board of Surgery (ABS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits will be available to learners at the Winter Symposium again this year. The American Society of Transplant Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.25 credits towards Part 2 of the American Board of Surgery requirements. Final credit hours are subject to change and will be provided on-site. This is an ideal opportunity to earn credits toward your ABS certification or re-certification. There is no extra cost to participate.

The following sessions are eligible for MOC. Eligible sessions will also be marked within the CME claiming system and the ASTSmeetings mobile app.

Technical Challenges - Liver (0.5 credits)
Technical Challenges - Kidney/Pancreas (0.75 credits)
Technical Challenges - Living Donation (0.75 credits)

AHPBA Session (1.25 credits)