The Allied Health & Nursing Professionals Committee (AHNP) aligns its mission with that of IPTA to advance the science and practice of pediatric transplantation and to improve the health of all children who require transplantation through the various subspecialties of this group, including nursing, nutrition, psycho-social health, developmental, physical and occupational therapies and pharmaceutical management. Under the auspices of IPTA, the AHNP is dedicated to promoting advances in these inter-professional specialties to improve outcomes for all children who receive transplants and their families and to advocate for their rights as transplant candidates and recipients.

As a committee within IPTA and in conjunction with IPTA, the AHNP aims to:

  • Promote an international network of allied health professionals dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of pediatric transplantation.
  • Promote a comprehensive, collaborative and inter-professional approach to achieve the best quality of life and psychosocial outcomes for pediatric transplant recipients.
  • Promote research within the multidisciplinary inter-professional team specialties and provide opportunities to disseminate allied health research and programming.
  • Serve as a unified voice for the unique needs of pediatric transplant candidates, recipients and their families within IPTA, our transplant centers, and the community.
  • Actively participate and foster greater involvement in IPTA allied health educational opportunities and programming.

Allied Health & Nursing Professionals Committee Initiatives


To describe the prevalence, diversity and clinical practice focus of AHNP team members within each centre globally. This information will serve as a foundation to help inform and develop a greater understanding of multi-disciplinary team composition, and frameworks regarding professional practice.


To continually update the Allied Health & Nursing Professional page on the IPTA website including regular profiling of AHNP members, update of committee initiatives and membership benefits. Check out our webpage for upcoming features including ‘Get To Know Your AHNP Colleagues’, with member profiles every two months and updates on AHNP related research projects.


To develop a series of webinars covering a range of relevant AHNP topics, and drawing upon the expertise of members. The topics for these webinars will be informed by the AHNP survey results and direct feedback from our members during the IPTA 2019 Congress.

There has never been a better time to become an Allied Health & Nursing Professionals member of the International Pediatric Transplant Association (IPTA)!

The Allied Health & Nursing Professional Committee of IPTA is a dynamic group of transplant professionals in nursing, psychology, social work, child life, rehabilitative therapies and pharmacy that significantly contributes to the organization’s mission through their diverse roles and experience in pediatric transplantation. The committee focuses on uniting the allied health community in providing educational and networking opportunities; developing educational tools for patients, families and staff; designing and participating in research activities; and creating a forum to exchange clinical experiences in pediatric transplantation worldwide. Membership and active participation in all that IPTA has to offer is an excellent way to contribute to the field of pediatric transplantation while continuing to develop and enrich your career in transplantation.

Please consider becoming an Allied Health member of IPTA. We are excited to announce that dues for 2018 have been reduced!! A one-year membership is now $100 USD and a two-year membership is $190 for Allied Health & Nursing professionals. Save some time and money with the two-year membership offer.

In addition to reduced membership fees, there are lots of other important reasons to become an Allied Health member of IPTA!


There are many opportunities to network and develop mentor relationships with other IPTA allied health members as well as other team members in the organization. Networking opportunities include:--

  • The IPTA online member directory
  • Symposium networking events focused on Allied Health & Nursing Professionals.
  • Committee participation
  • List-serve participation with questions specific to pediatric transplantation

Committee Participation:

Become involved in one or more of IPTA’s very active committees for even more networking and educational opportunities.
There are several to choose from including:--
  • Allied Health
  • Membership
  • Ethics
  • Education
  • Infectious Disease
  • Outreach
  • Publications
  • Communications
The committees communicate through regularly scheduled conference calls, emails, and meetings at the Congress.

Educational opportunities:

Up-to-date pediatric educational opportunities from the top leaders in the field of pediatric transplantation.

  • Online subscription to the IPTA Journal: Pediatric Transplantation
  • Discounted journal subscription rates for Transplantation Proceedings and Transplantation Reviews
  • Biennial Fellows Workshop (open to all members)
  • Access to the IPTA 2017 and 2019 Congress recordings
  • Reduced Congress registration fees for the 2021 Congress in Prague
  • Trainees and Allied Health & Nursing Professional members are eligible to apply for travel awards for the biennial Congress.


The IPTA quarterly newsletter that includes:--
  • Case studies dealing with key ethical issues to spark awareness, education and discussion
  • Literature reviews
  • Committee initiatives and updates

Become a leader in the field of pediatric transplantation by your active involvement in the International Pediatric Transplant Association!

Members of the Allied Health & Nursing Professionals Committee

Co-Chair Anna Gold Toronto, Canada
Co-Chair Jenny Wichart Calgary, Canada
Council Liaison Louise Bannister Toronto, Canada
Past Chair Beverly Kosmach-Park Pittsburgh, USA
Member Grainne Walsh London, UK
Member Gillian Mayersohn St Louis, USA
Member Shihaam Cader Cape Town, South Africa
Member Caroline Piotrowski Winnipeg, Canada
Member Sheridan Collins Sydney, Australia
Member Debra Lefkowitz Philadelphia, USA
Member Catherine Patterson Toronto, Canada
Member Diana Shellmer Pittsburgh, USA
Member Ashley Graham Toronto, Canada
Member Robin Deliva Toronto, Canada
Member Helen Currier Houston, USA
Member Jo Wray London, UK
Member Hannah Lee USA
Member Mihaela Damian Stanford, USA
Member Jessica Brennan USA



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