Kidney Transplantation Symposium

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This conference is designed to provide updated information about kidney transplantation, including pre-transplant and post-transplant considerations.


Nephrologists, radiologists, surgeons, infectious disease specialists, physicians in the primary care setting with patients who have kidney failure or are transplant recipients, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dialysis technicians, pharmacists and social workers may all benefit from attendance.


$65 per person

Includes: Instruction, all listed meals and online handout materials

Registrations received after Aug. 22, 2019, will incur a $25 late fee.



Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses Using AMA Credit

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their participation in 7.25 hours of approved continuing medical education. Continuing education activities which are approved by accredited institutions of higher education and that are relevant to patient care or professional nursing meet the requirements of mandatory continuing education for registered nurses in Pennsylvania, as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing recommends that nurses retain their certificates for a period of at least five years. Additional information is available through the State Board of Nursing website.

These credits meet the criteria set by the ANCC, American Nurses Credentialing Center as contact hours that are acceptable for renewal certification. Additional information is available through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


The American Board for Transplant Certification has granted a total of 7.5 Category 1 Continuing Education Points for Transplant Certification (CEPTCs) for this program.

Social Work

Penn State is an approved provider as defined by Pa. Code Sections 47.36(a)(3), 48.36(a)(3), and 49.36(a)(3). Social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors licensed by the state of Pennsylvania can earn 7.25 clock hours of continuing education for completing this course.


The ACPE logo, black vaguely Romanic text with "AC" stacked directly on top of "PE," surrounded by a black-box border.This knowledge-based activity has been assigned the Universal Activity Number of 0322-0000-19-017-L01-P. It has been approved for 7.25 contact hours (.725* CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit in states that recognize ACPE providers. The attendee list will be uploaded into CPE Monitor approximately one week after completion of the program. Statements of credit indicated in contact hours and CEUs will be available through CPE Monitor. Successful completion includes signing in at registration with personal NABP number and date of birth, attending the entire session for which credit is claimed, and completing the activity evaluation. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center complies with the Accreditation Standards for Continuing Education.


August 23, 2019 | 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check-in/Continental Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors
  • 8 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:10 a.m. | Transplant: Making the Right Choice
    Nasrollah Ghahramani, MD, MS, FACP, FASN

    • Compare benefits of kidney transplant with dialysis
    • Define the criteria for selection of patients for kidney transplant
    • Explain some of the medical risks associated with kidney transplant
  • 9:05 a.m. | Alphabet Soup: SCD, ECD, DCD, KDPI … What Does it All Mean?
    Fauzia K. Butt, MD, FACS

    • Identify the different types of donor categories
    • Summarize the benefits and risks associated with each type of donor
    • Demonstrate how to counsel your patients regarding the different donor categories
  • 10 a.m. | Break/Exhibitors
  • 10:15 a.m. | CMV & BK Virus Updates, Common Post-Transplant Infections
    Michael G. Ison, MD, MS, FIDSA, FAST

    • Discuss the diagnosis and treatment of infections that commonly occur in the post-transplant period
    • Explain how to diagnose and treat CMV and BK viral infections
  • 11:10 a.m. | Patient Panel: Personal Experiences
    • Discuss donor and recipient stories and their personal experiences regarding their decisions about transplantation
  • 12 p.m. | Lunch
  • 1 p.m. | Alternative Living Donor Options
    Umar Farooq, MD, MS

    • Review what options exist for candidates with incompatible living donors
    • Describe the expanding options of living organ donation
  • 1:55 p.m. | Psychosocial Roadblocks, Speed Bumps and Detours
    Michael Hayes, PhD, Kristin Vines, MSW, LSW and Teresa Bruno, MSW, LSW

    • Describe the most common psychosocial risks and rewards of live kidney donation
    • Identify two psychosocial barriers to becoming a live kidney donor
    • Identify psychosocial barriers to transplantation
    • Discuss strategies for overcoming psychosocial barriers to transplantation
  • 2:50 p.m. | Break/Exhibitors
  • 3 p.m. | Immunosuppression: Pearls, Perils and Pitfalls
    Gurwant Kaur, MD

    • Review the benefits and risks of commonly used immunosuppression agents
    • Identify common drug interactions with immunosuppression
  • 3:55 p.m. | Post-Transplant Matters of the Heart
    Michael Pfeiffer, MD

    • Identify the leading cause of mortality in the post-transplant patient
    • Evaluate cardiovascular risk factors in the transplant recipient
    • Summarize strategies to modify/reduce cardiovascular risk in renal transplant patients
  • 4:45 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Program Adjournment

Course Directors

Fauzia K. Butt, MD, FACS

Gurwant Kaur, MD

Planning Committee

Zakiyah Kadry, MD, FACS

Eileen Swartz, BSN, RN, CCTC

Sandra Cantera, MS, BSN, RN, CCTC

Keynote Presenter

Michael G. Ison, MD, MS, FIDSA, FAST
Professor, Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Organ Transplantation
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Director, Transplant & Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases Service
Northwestern University Comprehensive Transplant Center


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Teresa Bruno, MSW, LSW
Transplant Social Worker

Fauzia K. Butt, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Transplantation
Penn State College of Medicine

Umar Farooq, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Chief Medical Officer
Division of Nephrology
Penn State College of Medicine

Nasrollah Ghahramani, MD
Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Penn State College of Medicine

Michael Hayes, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Penn State College of Medicine

Gurwant Kaur, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Nephrology
Penn State College of Medicine

Michael Pfeiffer, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Penn State College of Medicine

Kristin Vines, MSW, LSW
Transplant Social Worker


Accommodations are the responsibility of the participant. A list of lodging in the Hershey area is available on request or online.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received after Aug. 16, 2019, will incur a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be given after Aug. 20, 2019.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/ change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is filled or canceled.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Continuing Education at least one week in advance of your participation or visit.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and educational balance)

It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of our educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to resolve any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

University Nondiscrimination Policy

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