Course Information

3rd Annual UCLA Solid Organ Transplant Symposium: New Era, Challenges, Innovations and Achievements

Live In-Person & Live Virtual Learning
Geffen Hall, UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, California

August 26, 2022

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The UCLA Solid Organ Transplant Symposium is offered as an in-person and live virtual 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 for UCLA Transplant multidisciplinary team experts to discuss challenges faced by solid organ transplant teams during pre- and post-transplant patient management and how they are meeting those challenges while continuing to navigate the impact of COVID-19.

  • Attendees who choose to attend the live virtual activity will receive a virtual meeting link and password to access the live virtual conference.
  • All registrants (live or virtual) will be provided the opportunity to review recorded sessions up to 3 weeks following the conference.
  • Attendees will be awarded CME credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the live activity (either in-person or virtual). The recorded sessions are not certified for CME credit.

In the event in-person attendance is cancelled or capacity limits modified per CDC or public health guidelines, the UCLA Solid Organ Transplant Symposium will be modified accordingly or presented entirely as a live virtual activity.

Target Audience

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.


*Note: To ensure course material is received before the course begins, early registration is advised. Online registration will close at 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 21st.

Enrollment after online registration has closed:

  • Option 1: Please call (310) 794 – 2620 between 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time) by Wednesday, August 24th.
  • Option 2: After 5:00 PM on Wednesday, August 24th, please enroll onsite for In-Person attendance. Live Virtual registration will be accepted via phone until 10:00 AM on the day of the course.

Course Fees

  • $75 - In-Person Registration
  • $50 - Virtual Registration

Enroll Online

To enroll, click here.

Enroll By Fax

Fax with credit card and expiration date directly to our office at (310) 794-2624

Enroll By Mail

Complete and return the registration form to the following address:
Office of Continuing Medical Education
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Solid Organ Transplant Symposium 2022
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512.


Cancellations must be received in writing by July 26, 2022. 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.

Juan C. Alejos, MD
Abbas Ardehali, MD, FACS
Erik Lum, MD, FASN, FNKF
Ali Nsair, MD
Anjay Rastogi, MD, PhD
David Sayah, MD, PhD

Nanci Flores, RN, MBA
Nick Feduska, Jr., MSHA

Fishell Prewitt, BSN, RN, CCTC
Vilayphone “Villy” Hwang, RN, CPNP, CCTC

Melissa Dunbar Forrest, RN, BSN, CPTC (Kidney)
Janet Gripshover, RN, MSN, FNP-BC (Liver/ Intestine)
Melissa A. Moore, RN, MPH, CCTC (Heart/Lung)
Emily Stimpson, RN, MSN, CCTC (Solid Organ Call Team)

Kelly Dempster, RN, MSN, CCTC (Liver)
Rhonda Hutley, BSN, CCTC (Kidney Living Donor)
Christine Lee, RN, BSN, CCTC (Kidney/Pancreas)
Johanna Lyudmirsky, RN, BSN, CCTC (Liver)
Melissa Perukkonil, RN, BSN, CCTC (Kidney/Pancreas)
Veronica Sills, RN, CCTC (Kidney/Pancreas)
Jill Strejc, RN, MSN, MS, RD, CCTC (Kidney/Pancreas)

Stephanie Aguirre, MSW, LCSW
Liver 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
UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

Abbas Ardehali, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery and Medicine
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
William E. Connor Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Transplantation
Director, UCLA Heart, Lung, and Heart-Lung Transplant Programs
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Gina Choi, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Associate Director, Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program

Aaron Cohen
Manager of Recovery and Technical Operations at One Legacy (Non-Profit)

Ashley Fan, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacotherapy Resident

Douglas G. Farmer, MD
Interim Chief, Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation
Professor of Surgery
Surgical Director, Adult Liver Transplant Program
Surgical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplant Program
Surgical Director, Intestinal Transplant Program
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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

Richard Finn, MD
Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/ Oncology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Director, Signal Transduction and Therapeutics Program
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA

H. Albin Gritsch, MD, FACS
John Jergens Chair in Kidney Transplantation
Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Urology
Surgical Director, Kidney Transplantation

Fady Kaldas, MD, FACS
Kelly Lee Tarantello Chair in Integrative Liver Transplantation
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, Multi-Organ Transplantation Fellowship Program
Director, Liver Transplant Service
Co-Director, Heart – Liver Disease Program

Transplant Dietitian
Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Program

Gerald S. Lipshutz, MD, MS
Professor in Residence of Surgery
Surgical Director, Autologous Islet Transplant Program
Surgical Director, Pancreas Transplant Program
Medical Director, Face Transplant Program

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

Ali Nsair, MD
Medical Director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Device Services
Heart Failure
Interventional Cardiology

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

Professor of Medicine and Surgery
Medical Director, Pfleger Liver Institute
Medical Director, Adult Liver Transplant Program
Chief, Transplant Hepatology
Head, Outcomes Research in Hepatology
Adjunct Professor of Nursing
Associate Editor for Liver, Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology

David M. Sayah, MD, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor
Medical Director, Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Programs
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Joanna Schaenman, MD, PhD, FAST
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases

Neil S. Wenger, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Medicine
Chair, Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center Ethics Committee

Friday, August 26, 2022

7:50 am Welcome and Introduction
Laura Yost – Executive Director, Clinical Services at UCLA
8:00 am Requiring Vaccination: Maximizing the Value of Organ Transplantation
Neil Wenger, MD
Moderator: Gina Choi, MD
Director Introduction: Douglas Farmer, MD
8:45 am Criteria and Experience for Liver Transplantation in Patients with Alcohol Hepatitis
Sammy Saab, MD, MPH
9:05 am Biopsychosocial Assessment of Alcohol Liver Disease and Interventions to Assist with Recovery & Sobriety
Stephanie Aguirre, LCSW
9:25 am Patient Experience: Working a Program Pre/Post Liver Transplant: A Day at a Time
9:35 am Complex/High Acuity Liver Transplantation
Fady Kaldas, MD
9:55 am Liver Transplant for Liver Cancer in the Age of Effective Treatment Options
Richard Finn, MD
10:15 am Question and Answer Session
10:25 am Break
Moderator: Anjay Rastogi, MD, PhD
Director Introduction: H. Albin Gritsch, MD, FACS
10:45 am Inducing Tolerance and Removal of Immunosuppression in Kidney Transplant Recipients – UCLA Experience
Erik Lum, MD, FASN, FNKF
11:05 am Patient Experience: Tolerance Donor/Recipient Pair
11:15 am Autoislet Transplantation to Prevent Diabetes in Chronic Pancreatitis
Gerald Lipshutz, MD, MS
11:35 am Frailty Assessment in the Evaluation of Transplant Candidates
Joanna Schaenman, MD, PhD, FAST
11:55 pm Nutrition, Frailty and Kidney Disease
12:15 pm Question and Answer Session
12:25 pm Lunch
Moderators: Fishell Prewitt, BSN, RN, CCTC & Vilayphone “Villy” Hwang, RN, CPNP, CCTC
1:25 pm Vision of UNOS-New Allocation more Patient Focused
Aaron Cohen, One Legacy
1:55 pm Question and Answer Session
Moderators: Melissa A. Moore, RN, MPH, CCTC & Michelle Ranheim, RN, BSN, CCTC
Director Introduction: Abbas Ardehali, MD, FACS
2:05 pm State of the Art: Heart and lung Transplantation
Abbas Ardehali, MD
2:25 pm Updates in Lung Transplantation
David Sayah, MD, PhD
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Improving Continuity of Care for UCLA Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: The Pharmacist’s Perspective
Ashley Fan, PharmD, BCPS
3:20 pm Use of Ventricular Assist Devices in Complex Congenital Heart Disease
Juan C. Alejos, MD
3:40 pm Cardiovascular Optimization in Solid Organ Transplantation
Ali Nsair, MD
4:00 pm Patient Experience
4:10 pm Question and Answer Session
4:20 pm Closing Remarks & Adjourn
Nicholas J. Feduska, Jr., MSHA

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of chimerism in tolerance development after bone marrow and kidney transplant
  • Identify indications for autoislet transplantation in chronic pancreatitis
  • Demonstrate understanding of the influence of frailty in the pre- and posttransplant population and identify tools used to measure frailty
  • Provide strategies to optimize patients’ clinical condition during the pretransplant phase
  • Identify measures to improve continuity of care of the transplant patient from the pharmacist’s perspective
  • Explain the challenges and impact of COVID-19 on management of transplant patients
  • Identify criteria, experience for patients with alcohol hepatitis
  • Identify biopsychosocial assessment and interventions for patients with alcohol liver disease
  • Discuss timing of transplant related to TAVR and CABG
  • Discuss updates for liver transplant for liver cancer patients and current effective treatment options

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 6.75 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.

The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is "truly independent" and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that nonpromotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program's participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy mandates that the provider adequately manages all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We at UCLA fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.


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. Please park in the Visitor Parking Section. Participants are responsible for their own parking charges at a rate of $14 per vehicle. The Geffen Hall Auditorium is located at the intersection of Le Conte Ave. and Tiverton Ave.