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15th Annual Liver Transplantation Symposium

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


Gastroenterologists, hepatologists, radiologists, physicians in the primary care setting with patients who have liver failure or are transplant recipients, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers and physician assistants may all benefit from attendance.

Agenda and Objectives

  • 8:30 a.m. | Check-In/Continental Breakfast/Exhibitors
  • 9 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions
    Thomas R. Riley III, MD
  • 9:15 a.m. | The Landscape of Liver Transplantation: A Decade of Change
    Jonathan G. Stine, MD, MSc, FACP

    • Review changes in waiting list and liver transplantation practices over past decade.
    • Examine current liver transplantation waiting list and organ allocation practices.
    • Describe the importance of, and the role for, live donor liver transplantation in current transplantation system.
  • 9:45 a.m. | Technical Evolution of Liver Transplantation: Choices and Impact on Outcomes
    Zakiyah Kadry, MD, FACS

    • Describe surgical techniques in liver transplantation.
    • Examine the impact of live donor liver transplantation.
    • Review the qualifying factors and outcomes for live donor liver transplantation.
    • Review and discuss the postoperative care and immunosuppression in live donor liver transplantation.
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break and Time to Visit Exhibitors
  • 10:30 a.m. | Prometheus Bound! The Workup for the Recipient and Donor in a Live Donor Liver Transplant
    Karen Krok, MD, FAASLD

    • Distinguish the recipient’s indications and contraindications for a live donor liver transplantation.
    • Explain the workup for the donor in a live donor liver transplantation.
    • Examine the outcomes for the donor and recipient in a live donor liver transplantation.
  • 11 a.m. | Donor Advocacy and Financial Realities: How to Support Our Heroes
    Sandra Cantera, MS, BSN, RN, CCTC
    Velma Carter-Dryer, MSW, LSW

    • Describe the role of the independent living donor coordinator in living liver donation and the mandated requirements of the independent living donor advocate.
    • Describe the financial aspects of living liver donation, including the donor’s perspective of concerns on lifestyle and cost.
    • Identify financial programs available to support the donor.
  • 11:30 a.m. | Patient Panel
  • 12:15 p.m. | Lunch/Exhibitors
  • 1:30 p.m. | Nothing to “C” Here: How the Advent of Directly Acting Antiviral Agents have Negated any Concerns Regarding Recurrent HCV in the Living Donor Liver Transplant Population
    Ian Roy Schreibman, MD, FACG, AGAF, FACP

    • Discuss the outcomes of LDLT prior to directly acting antiviral therapy (DAAT).
    • Discuss the outcomes of LDLT after the advent of DAAT.
    • Identify the currently available DAAT in the United States.
  • 2 p.m. | Anesthesia: How to Manage Both Donor and Recipient and Coordinate…
    Dmitri S. Bezinover, MD, PhD

    • Discuss the anesthesia challenges associated with live liver donation for donors and recipients.
    • Describe the coordinated donor and recipient perioperative care.
  • 2:30 p.m. | Break /Exhibitors
  • 2:45 p.m. | We’re Off to See the Wizard: The Yellow Brick Road to Transplantation
    Michael Hayes, PhD

    • Describe the comprehensive psychosocial evaluation prior to listing for liver transplantation.
    • Describe potential barriers to liver transplantation.
  • 3:15 p.m. | Yes, I Want to Donate… But What Do I Need to Do?
    Amy Wildasin, BSN, RN, CCTC

    • Explain the screening process and anatomic evaluation of donors.
    • Identify the preoperative live liver donor workup.
    • Review the regulatory postoperative care of live liver donors.
  • 3:45 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment



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 4.75 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 4.75 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

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.

Transplant Certification

Category I Continuing Education Points for Transplant Certification (CEPTCs) have been applied for through the American Board for Transplant Certification (ABTC).

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 4.75 clock hours of continuing education for completing this course.


Fee is $65 per person and includes cost of instruction, online handout materials and all listed meals.

Registrations received after Dec. 6, 2019, will incur a $25 late fee.


Cancellations received after Nov. 29, 2019, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received after Dec. 4, 2019.

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

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.

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