Donor Advocate Symposium

Course Description

Living donor transplantation is a key part of restoring health in patients with severe kidney or liver disease or end-stage organ failure. Nurses, clinicians, clergy and social workers play a pivotal role in communicating the living donor option to patients, families, friends and other potential living donors. They typically face a myriad of questions regarding cost, psychosocial issues, ethical issues, long-term donor health, paired donation, transplant outcomes, and the role of the media.

Scientific Program


Friday, October 25, 2019
8:30 am
Welcome & Introduction
Giuliano Testa, MD, MBA, FACS
8:40 am
Useful Strategies to Help Patients Find a Living Donor
Shelley Spector, LMSW
9:20 am
Now Accepting Living Donor Applications – Consider the Donor
Claus Niemann, MD
10:00 am
Where to Draw the Line with Donor Selection
Eric Martinez, MD
10:40 am
10:55 am
Case Study – Group Discussion
Giuliano Testa, MD, MBA, FACS
11:35 am
Changing Attitudes and Saving Lives
Abhinav Humar, MD
12:15 pm
1:20 pm
It Takes Passion and Patience: The Challenging Role of Donor Advocate
Rebecca Hays, LMSW
2:00 pm
Real Life Stories: The Living Donor Transplant Experience
3:00 pm

Target Audience

Transplant Coordinators
Dialysis Center Care Teams
Social Workers
Anyone with an interest in living donor transplantation

Accreditation & Credit Designation

NURSES: FACET Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing for 6.0 Contact Hours.

SOCIAL WORKERS: This activity has been submitted to the National Association of Social Workers for continuing education credit.

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

Course Director


Giuliano Testa, MD, MBA, FACS

  • Chief of Abdominal Transplant for the
    Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute
  • Baylor University Medical Center Dallas
  • Dallas, TX


Rebecca Hays, LMSW

  • University of Wisconsin

Abhinav Humar, MD

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Eric Martinez, MD

Claus Niemann, MD

  • University of California
  • San Francisco

Shelley Spector, LMSW

  • The Living Bank
  • Houston, TX


Magnolia Hotel Park Cities

6070 N Central Expressway, Dallas 75206



A block of rooms is available at the Magnolia Dallas Park Cities Hotel located at 6070 N Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75206.


To book accommodations with the $149 rate online, please use this link to the Magnolia Dallas Park Cities booking website.

To book accommodations by phone, please call 214-750-6060 and mention the Donor Advocate Program for the $149 Group Rate.

Housing reservations must be made by October 19, 2018; thereafter, hotel accommodations and preferred group rates will be subject to availability. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. Room cancellations must be made in accordance with the hotel cancellation policy of 72 hours prior to the date of scheduled arrival, or your credit card will be charged for a one-night stay and applicable taxes and fees.

  • Check-in: 4:00 pm
  • Check-out: 11:00 am


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