Registration is now open for TTS 2022 - Buenos Aires - Argentina!

Register before June 10 and secure the early bird fee!

Hotel reservation is now available. Book early as space is limited!

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International Symposium Report

TTS President Professor Marcelo Cantarovich, TTS Immediate Past-President Professor Mehmet Haberal,
MESOT President-Elect Professor Mohammad Ghnaimat, Anwar Naqvi and Adibul Rizvi during the Opening Ceremony
Since the mid-19th century, organ and tissue transplantation is accepted as a valid and advanced treatment method applied in many chronic organ diseases. Organ transplantation achieved a significant breakthrough in medicine, and thus made the impossible possible. Today, many chronic organ disease patients, especially kidney and liver transplant patients, start their new and completely healthy lives following transplantation.
However, organ shortage remains as the most significant challenge facing the field of organ transplantation today. Millions of people die and are buried with healthy organs, which could save lives of many patients. Donor selection criteria is crucial in determining eligible donors and it should be regularly reviewed in order to be able to expand the donor pool.
In the light of these, the International Symposium on Deceased and Living Donor Recent Criteria organized by Professor Mehmet Haberal as the Founder and President of the Turkish Transplantation Society (TOND), the Turkic World Transplantation Society (TDTD), and the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation (MESOT) was held on May 5-6, 2022 at the Kizilcahamam Thermal Resort Hotel in Ankara, Turkey as a hybrid meeting.
Photo taken during the Closing Ceremony
Ann E. Woolley, Francis Delmonico, Jeremy Chapman

ISVCA 2022 is only a few weeks away!

Registration is still open

In-Person and Virtual

Virtual registration fees range from $0 for students, residents and allied health professionals, $80 for transplant professionals and $160 for plastic surgeons. Virtual program is available for June 5-6 and spanish translation will be available.

Special Session Highlights

Max Dubernard: In Memoriam – The Legend of Lyon - Warren Breidenbach

Xenotransplantation – Implications for VCA - Robert Montgomery

Check out the program!

The SPC, ISVCA Council and local team (lead by Martin Iglesias) have put together an amazing program in a terrific venue!

Transplantation - Week's Most Downloaded Paper

Optimizing Mycophenolic Acid Exposure in Kidney Transplant Recipients: Time for Target Concentration Intervention #TBT

In this review, the totality of evidence supporting mycophenolate CCD is examined: pharmacological characteristics, observational data linking exposure to efficacy and toxicities, and randomized controlled trials of CCD, with attention to dose optimization method and exposure achieved.

Transplantation Direct - Week's Most Downloaded Paper

A Comorbidity Index and Pretransplant Physical Status Predict Survival in Older Kidney Transplant Recipients: A National Prospective Study#OpenAccess #TransplantTwitter

Kidney transplantation (KT) is considered the best treatment for end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). In the increasing elderly ESKD population, KT should be reserved for carefully selected candidates who are expected to experience favorable outcomes. We aimed to prospectively evaluate pretransplant recipient factors that may predict patient survival and can eventually guide therapeutic decisions in elderly with ESKD.

Member Spotlight - Howard Nathan

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

In January, Howard Nathan retired after an incomparable career as President & CEO of the Gift of Life Donor Program and shifted to his new role as Executive Director of the Transplant Foundation.


There is hardly a professional involved in organ transplantation anywhere in the world who does not know Howard’s name. Thousands of recipients and donor families have felt the impact of his vision, determination, and empathy. However, since Howard stepped down amidst the challenges of a global pandemic, we have not had the opportunity to celebrate his career as we would like, until now.

We are truly thrilled to announce three ways we are honoring Howard this year:
  • Gift of Life Family House is being renamed in Howard’s honor! Gift of Life Howie’s House will be officially dedicated this summer and will continue to welcome guests with the warmth and compassion embodied by its new namesake. If you would like to share a message for Howard, please click here:
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  • Howie’s House dedication will be part of an in-person celebration of Howard’s impact and legacy on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Please save the date and watch your email for an invitation!

  • We are also very proud to launch Beyond Measure: The Howard M. Nathan Impact Fund benefitting Gift of Life Howie’s House, a one-of-a-kind opportunity to honor Howard with a personal or corporate contribution, in gratitude for his outsized influence on donation and transplantation and to ensure that Howie’s House continues to fulfill its commitment that no family be turned away for inability to pay. To make a contribution in Howard’s honor, please click here:
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We are excited to be able to celebrate Howard. Throughout his 43+ year career, Howard’s visionary efforts to move the field of organ and tissue donation forward have resulted in the successful coordination of more than 55,000 life-saving organs for transplant and more than 2 million life enhancing tissues for transplant through Gift of Life Donor Program alone. Each precious gift offered hope to patients and their families. His tireless dedication, leadership, and mentorship have influenced best donation practices and policies regionally, across the United States and around the world.

Many professionals in our chosen field have had the chance to work with Howard throughout his career and have experienced first-hand his dedication and commitment. His passion to advance the Art & Science of Donation is well established, with Gift of Life Institute supporting innovation and accountability in the field. And it is only because of Howard’s compassion and commitment to the families undergoing the challenging transplant journey that his dream of Gift of Life Family House became a reality, a home away from home for transplant families travelling to the Philadelphia region for their transplant care. Informed by his own family’s experience while his sister underwent her life saving liver transplant, Howard took action to complete the circle of care provided by the Gift of Life family.

The Family House, celebrating its 10 years of providing support and affordable lodging stands as a testament to what Howard sought for all families. Compassion, care and expertise all harnessed to support life-saving work grounded in the altruistic acts of donor families.

We are all grateful for Howard’s leadership, his vision, his tenacity, and his personal compassion. We hope you will join us in this singular opportunity to thank an exceptional man who has had a foundational impact on the profound work we all share.


Richard Hasz
President and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program
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On May 17 the Webinar Series on the Management of HBV in Liver Tx Patients Continues!

TTS Early Career Members Committee - Quick Clip Interview

Women in Transplantation @ ITS 2022

Women in Transplantation (WIT) is delighted to announce an in-person Networking Event at the International Transplant Scient Meeting (ITS). This meeting will take place in Berlin, Germany.

Dr. Xunrong Luo will take part in a discussion panel on Scientific Leadership in Transplantation, which will be based around the movie ‘Picture a Scientist’. (If you DO NOT have access to this movie on Netflix, please reach out to Katie Tait Topics discussed will be career challenges and the value of mentorship, amongst others.

This session will take place on Monday May 16th at 16:00-17:30 local time, and will be chaired by Valeria Mas (Baltimore, USA) and Caroline Dudreuilh (London, UK). Panelists include Xunrong Lao, Fadi Issa (Oxford, UK), Liset Pengel (Oxford, UK) and Andreas Zuckermann (Vienna, Austria).

The ITS meeting will be held at Hotel Titanic Chausse Berlin, Chausseestraße 30, 10115 Berlin, Germany. Please follow for more information.

WIT members who are registered for and attending ITS will receive complimentary registration for the Networking session.

Drinks and light refreshments will be served. Please note that access to the WIT Networking event is only open to those registered for the ITS meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Valeria Mas
Baltimore, USA
Caroline Dudreuilh
London, UK
Fadi Issa
Oxford, UK
Liset Pengel
Oxford, UK
Andreas Zuckermann
Vienna, Austria
Xunrong Luo,
Durham, USA

Notice - The WHO Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly - May 22-28

TTS is in official relations with the WHO and we will have a TTS representative attending the assembly.

Human organ and tissue transplantation will be on the agenda for the upcoming "Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly" being held from May 22-28. In advance of the assembly the Director-General issued a PDF report which may be downloaded below. TTS will make a statement addressed to the Assembly commenting on the report, endorsing WHO action and encouraging member states to continue to invest in transplantation.

In case you missed it! IPTA 2022 recordings are now available!

IPTA is delighted to announce that the recordings from the 11th IPTA Congress are now available for viewing for IPTA and TTS members on the IPTA website. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from this rich educational content.

May 18 - Critical Care and Organ Donation in India Webinar

May 26 - ACC Committee Webinar

May 31 - IPTA-SPLIT Webinar Series Continues

About our TTS Ukraine Fund and TTS Matching of Donations

Statement of The Transplantation Society’s support to the people of Ukraine.

As the global leader in transplantation, committed to health and life for all, The Transplantation Society expresses grave concern over the escalating violence and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

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The protection of civilians and preservation of healthcare is imperative. TTS stands ready to support our colleagues, friends, families and patients impacted by this tragedy. As a non-State actor in official relations with the World Health Organization, we will seek collaborate with the WHO to provide our expert assistance on the Ukraine emergency

We are monitoring the situation and have setup a donation page ( to collect funds to be distributed to support the maintenance of healthcare in the Ukraine and assist transplant patients as may be possible. We will also reach out to contacts to assess how we can assist to re-establish transplantation activities once the crisis has ended. TTS will match each contribution, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000 USD in total.

Individuals may also contribute to the WHO foundation directly using this link:

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