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COVID-19: Organ Donation and Transplant Town Hall

Nov 19, 2020
Please join us for the fourth installment in the COVID-19: Organ Donation and Transplant Town Hall educational webinar series on December 3, 2020, at 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT.

A number of transplant organizations from around the world have continued their partnership to create this webinar for the organ donation and transplantation communities. Our goal is to share experiences to date and respond to your questions about the impact of COVID-19 on organ donation and transplantation.

Registration for this webinar is now full. A recording will be made available for viewing after the call is completed on the AST’s YouTube channel and the UNOS website

International and Voice over IP (VOIP) Connections will be available

Q&A: Registrants will have the opportunity to submit their individual questions during registration. The moderators and speakers will work to address as many of these questions as possible during the course of the webinar. No live Q&A will be offered during this call.


(Moderated by Emily Blumberg, MD, AST Immediate Past President, and Deepali Kumar, MD, AST Secretary)

  • What happened to transplantation during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
    • U.S. Experience (David Klassen, MD, UNOS)
    • European Experience (John Forsythe, National Blood Service, Transplant, UK)
  • What happened to the waitlist and outcomes during the pandemic?
    • U.S. Experience (Lloyd Ratner, MD, ASTS, AST)
    • European Experience (Patrizia Burra, MD PhD, ESOT)
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Workforce: The Challenges of Burnout
  • The Current and Future State of Transplantation during the Pandemic
    • Strategies for doing COVID care and non COVID care simultaneously (Atul Humar, MD CST, AST)
    • Testing strategies and time-based clearance for those with history of COVID, including those awaiting transplant and in need of treatment for other medical issues, including rejection (Fausto Baldanti, MD, PhD, ESOT)
    • Therapeutics for SARS-CoV-2 infection in transplant candidates and recipients (Michael Ison, MD, AST, TTS)
    • What is the future of vaccination, including for transplant candidates and recipients? (Cameron Wolfe, MD, AST)

Up-to-Date Information: The meeting organizers are committed to refreshing this resource and any handouts referenced in the call as new information is learned regarding this virus and its impact on organ donation and transplantation.