Previous Winter Symposia

ASTS 21st Annual Winter Symposium

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


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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


*Please note registration will close on Wednesday, January 13 at  6 p.m. in order to ensure your login credentials can be processed for your participation.  Registration requests after that date and time, will be processed the next day and credential email will be sent within an hour.  For any questions, please contact tracy.reynolds@asts.orgTo see registration rates, click here.


 Monday, January 11, 2021 - All times are EST 
 12:00 pm
 1:00 pm
   Pre-Meeting Symposium
   Challenging Cases within Transplantation
   sponsored by CareDx
 Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - All times are EST
 12:00 pm
 1:00 pm
   Pre-Meeting Symposium - Bariatric Surgery in Transplantation: Does Timing Impact Outcomes?
   sponsored by Medtronic
 7:15 pm
 8:45 pm
  Exhibit Hall Open
 7:30 pm
 8:30 pm
  Welcome Reception Happy Hour
  sponsored by CareDx
 Thursday, January 14, 2021 - All times are EST
 9:00 am
 9:45 am   Morning Yoga
  sponsored by Veloxis
 9:00 am
 9:45 am
  CareDx Coffee & Conversations with
  Dr. Velma Scantlebury – the 1st Black Female Transplant Surgeon

 9:00 am
 9:45 am

  Coffee & Conversations on Mentorship
  sponsored by Novartis

 10:00 am  10:05 am   Meeting Welcome
 10:05 am  10:25 am   My COVID-19 Experience and Q&A with Tomoaki Kato
 10:25 am  11:30 am   Diversity and Inclusion Series
  •  Video: Celebration of Diversity within the United Stated and ASTS
  •  Outsmarting Human Minds supported by Sanofi
 11:30 am
 11:45 am
 11:45 am
 12:45 pm
  Diversity and Inclusion Series
  •  How Can the Transplant Community Tackle Diversity Issues?
  •  Video: Personal Stories and Anecdotes from ASTS Members
  •  How Can Hospital Leadership Take Action?
  • Taking Care of Diverse Patient Populations
 12:45 pm
 1:40 pm
   Breakthrough DNA Applications in Multi-Organ Transplant and Kidney Health
   Lunch Symposium
   sponsored by Natera, Inc.

 1:40 pm
 2:35 pm
   Diversity and Inclusion Series
  •  Disparities in Donation: Issues and Solutions
  •  Building and African American Transplant Access Program: My Experience
  •  Live Panel Discussion and Q&A
 2:35 pm  2:50 pm   Break
 2:50 pm  3:30 pm   Oral Abstract Session I
 3:30 pm  4:00 pm   Najarian Lecture
 4:00 pm
 5:00 pm
  Trainee & Fellow Fireside Chat
 Career Development Conversations
  sponsored by Sanofi
 4:00 pm  5:00 pm   Sidecars & Science Exhibitor Happy Hour
 6:00 pm
 7:00 pm
  Fireside Chat - Pandemic Life: A Family Navigating Kidney Health
  sponsored by Natera, Inc.
 Friday, January 15, 2021 - All times are EST
 Concurrent Sessions
 9:00 am
 9:45 am
    Wellness Activity
 9:00 am
 9:45 am
    Coffee & Conversations on Chronic Active AMR
    sponsored by CSL Behring
 9:00 am
 9:45 am
    Coffee & Conversations on Work/Life Balance
    sponsored by Novartis
 10:00 am  1:50 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  1:50 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

  •  ATP Committee Update
  •  Small Bowel Transplant Complications
  •  Research and Professional Development
  •  Sarcopenia Pre or Post Transplant
  •  Thymo and COVID-19 Study
  •  Pregnancy after Transplantation
  •  Business Development of Transplant Programs
  •  VCA Face Transplant
  •  Black Transplant Health Initiative
 11:30 am
 12:30 pm
  Optimizing Transplant Patient Care
  Lunch Symposium
  sponsored by CareDx
 1:50 pm
 2:05 pm
 2:05 pm  2:55 pm    Oral Abstract Session II
 2:55 pm  4:00 pm

   Business Practice & Advocacy Session

  • COVID-19 Effects on Transplant Centers: Survey Results
  • ASTS Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy Update
  • UNOS Update
  • Panel Discussion
 4:00 pm
 5:00 pm
   Transplant Trivia & More Happy Hour
   sponsored by CareDx
 4:00 pm  5:00 pm    Research Grants Workshop
   sponsored by Veloxis Pharmaceuticals
 4:00 pm
 5:00 pm
   ATP Happy Hour
   sponsored by Natera, Inc.
 5:00 pm
 6:00 pm
   Evening Symposium - Managing Transplant Patients During an Epidemic
   sponsored by TGI, Eurofins
 Saturday, January 16, 2021 - All times are EST
 Concurrent Sessions
 9:00 am
 9:45 am
  Wellness Activity - Running Club
 9:00 am
 9:45 am
  Coffee & Conversations on Cancer
  sponsored by Natera, Inc.
 9:00 am
 9:45 am
  Coffee & Conversation
  Surgeon Scientist Discussion
 10:00am  12:30 pm

  Timely Topics in Liver Transplantation

  • HCC Management Outside of the US: Are We too Conservative?
  • National Liver Review Board for HCC
  • Liver Resection in a Cirrhotic Patient
  • How to Manage Patients Who Have Received Immunotherapy
  • Downstaging for HCC with Y90
  • Alternative Therapies: SBRT
 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
  • Pediatric Kidney Transplant in the Very Small: Indications and Techniques
  • SLK: Trends Over Time, Outcomes and How this May Change?
 12:30 pm  1:30 pm   Lunch Symposium - Strategies to Optimize  Living Donation in the Current Renal Transplant Landscape
  sponsored by Veloxis Pharmaceuticals
 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


Continuing Medical Education

Click here to access the CME claiming platform. Your badge number you will use to log in is the password you used to access the meeting site and was emailed to you. If you cannot locate your password/badge number, please email

To claim CME, please follow these instructions:

  1. Log into the claiming site using your badge number and last name in the top right corner where it says Registrant Access.
  2. View sessions either by day or session type. Click on the session title to view more details. Click “Attended” next to the sessions you have viewed.
  3. Once you have added all the sessions you attended, click on My Credit Cart in the top right of the page.
  4. Here you can adjust the credit amounts based on how much of the session you attended. Once your credit amounts are adjusted, you can access your CME Certificate or Certificate of Attendance under “Available Certificates” on the right-hand side of the page.
  5. Before you can access your certificate(s), you will be prompted to respond to the meeting evaluation. Once you have completed the evaluation, you will be able to download and print your certificate(s).

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 18.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Credit hours are subject to change. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Selected presentations throughout the Symposium will offer AMA PRA Category I Credit™and self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the American Board of Surgery Program. MOC credits are coming soon!

Acknowledgement of Support

Distinguished Platinum Level

Platinum Plus Level

Diamond Level

Gold Level
Transplant Genomics, Inc., Eurofins

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