Join the IRTA Council - 2017 Call for Nominations is Open

Dear Colleagues,

In accordance with the IRTA bylaws, we are requesting nominations for the biennial election. Nominations are sought for President-Elect (to serve 2017-2019 followed by President from 2019- 2021), three Councilor positions (2017-2021) and one Allied Health Professional position (2017-2019).

To be eligible for nomination, the candidate must be a Full Member in good standing of the IRTA at the time of their nomination and during their term of office.

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Nomination should be submitted no later than February 22nd, 2017.


Gabriel Gondolesi
IRTA Secretary-Treasurer

Call for Nominations for the 2017 AHP Outstanding Achievement Award

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the International Rehabilitation Transplant Association and the Allied Health Professionals Committee, we are pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the 2017 Allied Health Professional Outstanding Achievement Award. As the field of intestinal rehabilitation and transplantation continues to develop, the IRTA would like to bring recognition to all the Allied Health members who contribute to the success of our clinics and our patients.

The Allied Health Professional Outstanding Achievement award will recognize one recipient for their continued care of transplant patients, contributions, training, education and knowledge within the intestinal rehabilitation and transplant field. The winner will receive a one-year free AHP membership to the IRTA and free registration to the 2017 Congress of IRTA in New York city from June 28 - July 1, 2017.

To complete a nomination requirements please click here. Completed nomination packages are due February 24th, 2017.


If you have any questions or concerns please do hesitate to reach out to our Association Manager, Sondra Livingston via email at


Debra Sudan,
IRTA President 


Erin Fennelly,
Allied Health Professionals Committee Chair

Welcome to Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association

2015 Symposium Highlights (Argentina - June 2015)

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isbts2015 videos   isbts2015 album

President's Message

I am honored and humbled to serve as your newly elected President of the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association. The XVII bi-annual international small bowel transplant symposium (ISBTS) meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina was held in June 2015 and was a resounding success. Evidence of the success is shown by the record attendance, fabulous presentations on multi-institutional trials and collaborations to answer scientific questions and what I would call infectious enthusiasm for the care of patients with intestinal failure along the entire continuum of disease.   Although many contributed to the meeting success, I want to personally recognize the substantial contributions by the Chair of the local organizing committee, Gabriel Gondolesi and the  immediate past President, Doug Farmer for all their hard work to make the meeting such a huge success.

For those reading carefully above you may have noted that the name of our organization has changed from the Intestinal Transplant Association to the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association.  This new name has been discussed over several years and was adopted this year by the council to more accurately reflect the entire spectrum of our bi-annual meeting.  As many of you recognize, our organization has for years reported on the newest developments in the fields of intestine transplantation and intestine rehabilitation.  The broader scope of our meeting was evident as we celebrated 3 Living Legends (Tom Starzl, Stanley Dudrick, and Masayuki Okumura)and their essential contributions to our field.  In addition 9 distinct working groups summarized the state of the current literature in the clinical care and basic science of intestine rehabilitation and transplantation and identified gaps in knowledge and priorities to guide future research efforts.  Keep your eyes out in The American Journal of Transplantation for the summaries which are anticipated to be published soon.

The final piece I want to share with you is that the ITA council had the first ever strategic planning retreat and I look forward to sharing further details of our plans in future newsletters.   In the meantime, if you are interested in participating in the activities of the Association in between the Bi-annual meetings, please join one of our committees or working groups.  We have active committees in research and allied health and are organizing a work group for social media and there are numerous ongoing education and research projects.  We welcome your contributions and suggestions.   


Debra L. Sudan,
IRTA President



Speaker: Sara Clarke
Moderator: Lindsay Hogg

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