Course Information
UCLA Solid Organ Transplant Symposium 2019: Celebrating the Past and Embracing the Future: UCLA's Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Transplant

Iris Cantor Auditorium
Geffen Hall, UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, California
June 14, 2019
*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
A password link will be sent prior to the course.

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Course Description

The UCLA Solid Organ Transplant Symposium is a one-day conference coordinated through UCLA Health Department of Transplant Services; the UCLA Office of Continuing Medical Education; and the UCLA Transplant Multi-Disciplinary teams. The goal of this program is to provide a forum of UCLA Transplant multidisciplinary team experts to highlight trail blazing experiences, celebrate clinical accomplishments of the past and identify current advancements and trends in pediatric and adult solid organ transplantation.

Target Audience

The target audience for this symposium is health care professionals who provide care for patients pre- and post-transplant including: Heart, Lung, Liver, Kidney, Pancreas and Intestinal/Multivisceral transplantation. The symposium content is designed for local community physicians, transplant nurses, transplant nurse coordinators, administrators, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians and all members of the transplant team to guide and improve their clinical practice and patient management during all phases of transplantation.

Registration Information


The UCLA Solid Organ Transplantation Symposium 2019 has reached its max capacity. Please note on-site registration will not be available.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
UCLA Solid Organ Transplant Symposium 2019
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By Fax

Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

Course Fees

  • $75


Cancellations must be received in writing by Friday, May 17, 2019 and will be subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after that date. If, for any reason, the course must be cancelled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the UCLA Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.


Course Chairs
Juan C. Alejos, MD
Abbas Ardehali, MD, FACS
Francisco Durazo, MD, FACP, FAASLD, FASGE
Erik Lum, MD, FASN, FNKF
Ali Nsair, MD
Anjay Rastogi, MD, PhD
Transplant Administration
Nanci Flores, RN, MBA
Nick Feduska, Jr., MSHA
Transplant Nurse Managers
Melissa Dunbar Forrest, RN, BSN,CPTC (Kidney)
Emily Stimpson, RN, MSN, CCTC (Heart/Lung)
Transplant Nurse Coordinators
Kelly Dempster, RN, MSN, CCTC (Liver)
Johanna Lyudmirsky, RN, BSN, CCTC (Liver)
Melissa A. Moore, RN, BSN,CCTC (Heart/Lung)
Marina Shukman, RN, MSN, CPTC (Heart/Lung)
Jill Strejc, RN, MSN, MS, RD, CCTC (Kidney)
Course Faculty
Stephanie Aguirre, MSW, ACSW
Liver & Lung Transplant Clinical Social Worker II
Department of Care Coordination & Clinical Social Work

Juan C. Alejos, MD
Clinical Professor*
Director- Pediatric Heart Failure/ Heart Transplant Program
Director – Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program
UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

Abbas Ardehali, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery and Medicine*
William E Conner Chair in Cardiothoracic Transplantation
Director, UCLA Heart and Lung Transplantation Program

Omer Eugene Beaird, MD
Clinical Instructor of Medicine*

Gabriel M. Danovitch, MD, FRCP(Hon)
John J. Kuiper Chair of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation
Distinguished Professor of Medicine*
Medical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program, Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA

Francisco Durazo, MD, FACP, FAASLD, FASGE
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Surgery*
Chief, Transplant Hepatology
Medical Director, Dumont UCLA Transplant Center

Douglas G. Farmer, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery*
Director, Intestinal Transplant Program
Director, Pediatric Liver Transplant Program
Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation

Nick Feduska, Jr., MSHA
Assistant Director, Transplant Services

Nanci Flores, RN, MBA
Director, Transplant Services

Rick Harrison, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics*
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Mara Hersh-Rifkin, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker III
Independent Living Donor Advocate-Kidney Living Donor Program

Fady Michael Kaldas, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery*
Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery
Medical Director, Liver Transplant Service
Surgical Director, Liver Transplant ICU
Associate Director, Multi-Organ Transplantation & Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellowship Program

Megan Kamath, MD
Clinical Instructor, Medicine/Cardiology
Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center
Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Transplantation Program
Jennifer Krohn, MS, RD, CDE
Outpatient Transplant Dietitian
Liver, Small Bowel, Heart and
Lung Transplant Departments

Erik Lum, MD, FASN, FNKF
Medical Director HLA Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine*

Katherine Meneses, MSN, FNP-BC, CCTC
Adult Post Liver Transplant Supervisor

Melissa A. Moore, RN, BSN, CCTC
Outreach Coordinator
Advanced Cardiac Therapies

Ali Nsair, MD
Medical Director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Device Services
Heart Failure
Interventional Cardiology
Broad Stem Cell Research Center

Anjay Rastogi, MD, PhD
Professor and Clinical Chief, Nephrology*
Medical Director, Living Kidney Donor Program
Director, CORE Kidney Program
Director, Nephrology Clinical Research Program
Director, PKD Program
Director, Fabry Program
Director, ESRD | Dialysis Program

Leigh Reardon, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics*
Director, Transitional Cardiac Care Program
Director, Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

David J. Ross, MD
Medical Director, Lung / Heart-Lung Transplant Program
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension / PTE Program
Professor of Medicine*
Ronald Reagan – UCLA Medical Center

Professor of Medicine and Surgery*
Head, Outcomes Research in Hepatology
Adjunct Professor of Nursing
UCLA School of Nursing
Associate Editor for Liver, Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology

David M. Sayah, MD, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor*
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Jennifer Tsui, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Jeffrey Veale, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Urology*
Director, UCLA Kidney Exchange Program

S. Samuel Weigt, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Clinical Immunology and Allergy
UCLA Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program
Director, Interstitial Lung Disease Center, UCLA Health
*David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Program Agenda

Friday, June 14, 2019

7:15 Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome and Introduction
Rick Harrison, MD, Sammy Saab, MD, MPH, AGAF, FAASLD, FACG, Nanci Flores, RN, MBA, Nick Feduska, MSHA
Session I: Transplant Trail Blazers
Moderator: Sammy Saab, MD, MPH, AGAF, FAASLD, FACG
8:15 Liver
Fady Michael Kaldas, MD, FACS
8:35 Multivisceral
Douglas G. Farmer, MD, FACS
8:55 Lung
Samuel Weigt, MD, MS
9:15 Heart
Abbas Ardehali, MD, FACS
9:35 Kidney / Pancreas
Gabriel M. Danovitch MD, FRCP (Hon)
9:55 Session I: Panel Discussion - Question & Answer
10:15 Break
Session II: Current Advancements / Trends / Controversies in Transplantation
Moderator: Juan Alejos, MD
10:45 Liver: Acute Liver Failure
Francisco Durazo, MD, FACP, FAASLD, FASGE
11:05 Heart: Buying Time - Optimizing Pre Heart Transplant Patients with Advanced Therapies
Ali Nsair, MD
11:25 Lung: Walking the Line - ECMO as a Bridge to Lung Transplantation
David M. Sayah, MD, PhD
11:45 Kidney: Retransplanting Organs and Vouchers for Future Transplantations
Jeffrey Veale, MD
12:05 Session II: Panel Discussion - Question & Answer
12:15 Lunch and Poster Session
Session III: Setting the Stage for Success: Engage and Empower Patients and Caregivers
Moderator: Anjay Rastogi, MD, PhD
1:30 Exploring the Caregiver Toolkit
Stephanie Aguirre, MSW, ACSW & Mara Hersh-Rifkin, MSW, LCSW
1:50 Taking the Leap: Transitioning Pediatric Patients to Adult Programs
Leigh Reardon, MD
2:10 Donor and Recipient Share Their Perspective
Facilitated by One Legacy
2:40 Break
Session IV: Transplant Pipeline: Clinical Challenges
Moderator: Eric Lum, MD, FASN, FNKF
2:55 Sarcopenic Obesity
Jennifer Krohn, MS, RD, CDE
3:15 Telemedicine: Taking Transplant Care Outside of Westwood with Outreach Clinics and Telehealth
Sammy Saab, MD, MPH, AGAF, FAASLD, FACG, Katherine Meneses, MSN, FNP-BC CCTC, Megan Kamath, MD & Melissa A. Moore, RN, BSN, CCTC
3:35 Vaccinating Transplant Patients: What to Give and When
Omer Eugene Beaird, MD
3:55 Weeding Out Fact and Fiction: Marijuana Use Pre- and Post-Transplant
Jennifer Tsui, PharmD
4:15 Session IV: Panel Discussion - Question & Answer
4:25 Closing Remarks
Francisco Durazo, MD, FACP, FAASLD, FASGE
4:30 Adjourn


Following completion of the course, attendees should be able to:

  • Educate patients and their caregivers within the multidisciplinary model using best practices to optimize transplant outcomes
  • Implement shared care practices and collaboration within the community utilizing telemedicine and outreach community programs
  • Provide tools for the transplant recipient, living donors, and their caregivers to support their success for the duration of the pre-transplant and post-transplant periods
  • Recommend new treatments that prolong a patient’s ability to thrive without transplant and maximizing alternative, life prolonging therapies
  • Recognize perspectives of the donor family and of the Organ Procurement Organization in the decision-making process to donate the gift of life
  • Recognize the components of successful transitional care programs and when they should be implemented


The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for category 1 credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local State Board for specific continuing education policies.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number #12511 for 7 Contact Hours.

The American Board for Transplant Certification (ABTC) has approved this educational offering for up to 7, Category One Continuing Education Points for Transplant Certification (CEPTCs).


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Course Location

Iris Cantor Auditorium
Geffen Hall, UCLA Campus
885 Tiverton Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Parking and Directions

From the 405 freeway, exit Wilshire Blvd., East toward Westwood. Turn left on Westwood Blvd. and turn right on Le Conte Ave. Then, turn left on Tiverton Ave. Parking structure Lot 18 will be on your left around the circle. Parking attendants will be selling permits from 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM for Lot 18. If you arrive outside of this time frame, please visit the parking kiosk on Westwood Plaza (between Charles E. Young Dr. and Strathmore Pl.) to pay for your parking permit. Participants are responsible for their own parking charges at a rate of $12 per vehicle. The Geffen Hall Auditorium is located at the intersection of Le Conte Ave. and Tiverton Ave.