2019 Annual Scientific Meeting - Presentations
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Annual Scientific Meeting

Thursday, July 18 - Sunday, July 21, 2019
The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos, Austin, Texas 78701

All presentations that speakers have shared are posted below. More presentations will be added as they are shared with TTS. If you have any questions please email info@transplanttexas.org.

Friday Presentations
Precision Dosing of Immunosuppression: A Pharmacogenomics Perspective

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Medhat Askar, MD, PhD, MSHPE, FRCPath, D(ABHI), D(ABMLI), HCLD(ABB) - Director, Transplant Immunology, Baylor University Medical Center


Transplanting the Highly Sensitized Patient

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Cathi Murphey, BA, MS, PhD - Director, Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Lab, Southwest Immunodiagnostics, Inc.


Mass Transfusion Protocols: The Unintended Impact on Organ Donation

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Javier Nieto, MD, CSA, CPTC - Manager of Organ Clinical Operations, Southeast Region, LifeGift


Combined Liver Transplantation and Bariatric Surgery — Current Experience Uterus Transplant

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Greg McKenna, MD, FRCSC, FACS - Director, Transplant Research, Baylor Scott & White Transplant Services


Xenotransplantation – Which Patients and When?

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David K. C. Cooper, MA, PhD, MD, MS, DSc(Med), FRCS, FACS, FACC, FAST - Professor of Surgery; Co-Director, Xenotransplantation Program, The University of Alabama at Birmingham


Uterus Transplant

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Greg McKenna, MD, FRCSC, FACS - Director, Transplant Research, Baylor Scott & White Transplant Services


Abstract Presentations

Donor Specific Antibody, but not non-DSA anti-HLA Antibody Disappears During Liver-Kidney Transplantation
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Michael L Kueht, MD - Clinical Transplant Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine

Abstract Winner - Willingness to Acquire Donor-Derived Hepatitis C Infection May Reduce Waitlist Mortality for Heart Transplant Candidates
Alejandro Torres-Hernandez, MD - Resident Physician, NYU Langone Medical Center

HLA and Non-HLA Antibodies: MICA Antibodies in Rejection
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Holly Nusser - Histocompatibility Technologist (CHT), Texas Medical Specialty

How Clean is Too Clean? The Potential Effects of Bead Isolation kits on the 3-Color Flow Crossmatch
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Noriel Acorda - Lab Supervisor, Baylor College of Medicine Immune Evaluation Laboratory

Kidney transplants following donation after circulatory death (DCD) and donation after neurologic death (DND) have similar early outcomes
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Lucy Potter, MD - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Houston Methodist Hospital


Case Presentations

Case Presentations Winner - Rapid DCD Lung Recovery
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Clint Hostetler - Director of Organ Recovery, LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma

Crystal Conundrum: Renal Allograft Failure from Recurrent 2,8-Dihydroxyadenine Nephropathy
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Kim Phung L. Nguyen, MD - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, McGovern Medical School


Alcoholic Hepatitis and Liver Transplant

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James Trotter, MD - Baylor Scott & White Liver Consultants of Texas – Dallas


Organ Transplantation in the Weeds: The Impact and Ethics of Marijuana Use

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Scott Winder, MD MSc - Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Departments of Psychiatry and Surgery


Saturday Presentations
Normothermic Machine Perfusion - Pumping Livers in Texas

Malcolm MacConmara, MB BCh., FACS - Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center


Portable Normothermic Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion to Reduce Warm Ischemia Time and Increase Graft Usage

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Gabriel Loor, MD - Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine


The Role of Liver Transplantation in Patients with End-Stage Congenital Heart Disease

Ryan Davies, MD - Associate Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center


The Rise and Fall of MELD

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Parsia Vagefi, MD, FACS - Chief, Division of Surgical Transplantation, UT Southwestern


Current Status in Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Kidney Transplantation After the Implementation of the New Allocation System

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Tony A. Castillo-Lugo, MD - Dallas Nephrology Associates


Use of Pedicatric En Bloc for Adult Transplantation

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Richard Dickerman, MD - Methodist Health System, Liver Institute


Donor Derived Infections in SOT

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Cedric W. Spak, MD, MPH - Transplant Infectious Disease, Baylor University Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White


Expanding the Pool of Deceased Donors: Use of HCV and HIV Positive Organs

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David Wojciechowski, DO - Assistant Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital


Hep C Positive Donors to Hep C Negative Recipients

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Juan Guerrero, MD - UT Health San Antonio


Sunday Presentations
Outcomes Compliance, CMS Flagging and the Transplant Program Response

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Alex Aussi, BSN, RN, MBA - CEO, Guidry & East, LLC


The Impact of Allocation Changes and Recovery Centers

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Yvette Chapman, RN, BSN, CCTC - Director, Southwest Transplant Alliance


Organ Allocation: It's Not Just Logistics

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Jeffrey Orlowski, MS, CPTC - President and CEO, LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma

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Joe Nespral, MD, CPTC - Chief Executive Officer, Texas Organ Sharing Alliance


Preparing for the Future. Being Innovative through Change

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Donna Smith, MSN, RN - Vice President Organ Operations, LifeGift


OPO Panel: The Effect of Allocation Changes on OPO & update on donor recovery centers

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Carie Kadric', RN, BSHCA - Director, External Operations, Texas Organ Sharing Alliance


Freedom Day: An Innovative Approach to Transitioning Care in Abdominal Transplant Patients

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Susan Neill-Fogus, BSN, RN - Manager of Quality and Compliance, Solid Organ Transplant, UT Southwestern Medical Center


Update on Heart Allocation

Ryan Davies, MD - Associate Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center