ASTS Advanced Transplant Provider Bio Corner  

thumbnail (14)Name: Eliana Z. Agudelo, PA-C
Title: Senior PA, Division of Liver Transplant
Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Years in current position: I have worked in Transplant Hepatology and Liver Transplant at UCSF for 15 years. I am currently a post liver transplant provider and have been in this role for 11 years. 

How many faculty and ATP colleagues are on your team?:

In Liver Transplant we work with nine surgeons and collaborate with eight transplant hepatologists. There are currently thirteen ATPs in the Division of Liver Transplant (pediatric, inpatient, outpatient, and pre LT). This number does not include kidney, pancreas, and heart/lung ATPs. There are about 30 ATPs working at UCSF Transplant. 

Patient population:

Post liver transplant patients, including LDLT and SLK patients.

Brief Job description:

I started my career in liver transplant in 2007. As an Outpatient Liver Transplant PA, I am responsible for the care of liver transplant patients starting at the time of discharge. The liver transplant ATPs provide the first line care of the patient by managing medical issues, coordinating care with referring providers, interacting with community providers, and consulting with collaborating physicians as needed. We provide long-term follow-up care of the post-transplant patients, which includes diagnosis, treatment, and management of post liver transplant complications, immunosuppressive management, ongoing clinical assessment, preventive care, and patient education. As a post liver transplant ATP, I also participate in outreach clinics, which allows for bringing care and education to locations that are hours away from the medical center. My position allows me to be a resource to other health care team members and to the community regarding the special concerns of liver transplant patients and their families. As a requirement for my position, I participate in the development of policies, procedures, and protocols and participate in continual quality improvement.   

It is gratifying to be part of an extraordinary interdisciplinary team and an honor to develop patient relationships that have spanned for over a decade now. 

How long have you been a member of ASTS?

10 years. I became a member when Dr. Roberts was ASTS President. 

How has the ASTS impacted your practice?

As a member of ASTS, I started attending meetings and later became a member of the ATP committee. This participation has brought forth opportunities for leadership development and educational growth. ASTS has impacted my clinical practice by providing ongoing opportunities to learn. The modules and meetings present clinically relevant information that impacts my clinical practice. Through involvement in ASTS, I have participated in expanding ATP recognition and awareness in the transplant community. I have been fortunate to work with an exceptional committee of ATPs in developing the ATP Certificate Program and job description, expanding membership, and planning our Winter Symposium sessions. 

In the next 5 years, what kinds of opportunities for ATPs would you like to see at your institution?

I hope to see ongoing programs and opportunities at the institutional and national level that continue to promote the growth of the ATP professional development. The expansion of leadership, educational, and clinical roles for ATPs is needed to promote professional satisfaction and retention, and therefore allow for exceptional patient care and contribute to the success of the transplant center. My hope is that in the next five years, both UCSF and ASTS will continue to increase opportunities for ATP growth and advancement.