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.

The purpose of the Donor Advocate Symposium is to:

  1. Update, educate and inform registered nurses, transplant nurse coordinators, social workers, donor advocates, clergy and other professionals who work with transplant candidates.
  2. Enhance and improve clinical behavior to increase participation in the living donor process.

Speakers and panelists will present real life cases and initiate conversations with the audience about the issues.

Scientific Program


Friday, November 09, 2018
8:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am
Welcome and Introduction
Giuliano Testa, MD, MBA, FACS
8:40 am
Leading the Charge: Becoming a Living Donor Changed Me for Life
Heather Hunt, JD
9:20 am
Upping Our Game: Evolution of a Living Donor Transplant Program
Kathy Brown, BSN, RN, CCTC
10:00 am
Open Mic: The Winding Road to Living Donation
Giuliano Testa, MD, MBA, FACS
Anji Wall, MD, PhD
10:40 am
10:55 am
Fit for Service: Exercise and Its Impact on the Transplant Process
Enrico Benedetti, MD, FACS
11:35 am
Connections Count: Social Marketing in the Transplant Arena
Daniela J. Lamas, MD
12:15 pm
1:15 pm
Pairs, Chains and Matches, Oh My! Real Stories of Paired Exchange
Michael A. Rees, MD, PHD
1:55 pm
Living Donor Panel Discussion
3:00 pm
Conclusions, Evaluation/Adjourn

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, Abdominal Transplant
  • Baylor University Medical Center Dallas
  • Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth


Enrico Benedetti, MD, FACS

  • Warren H. Cole Chair in Surgery - Professor and Head
  • Medical Director, Abdominal Organ Transplant Program
  • Department of Surgery
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

Kathy Brown, BSN, RN, CCTC

  • Program Manager Abdominal Transplant
  • Manager Abdominal Transplant Clinic
  • Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute
  • Baylor University Medical Center - Dallas, Texas

Heather Hunt, JD

  • UNOS Vice-Chair Living Donor Committee Meeting
  • Policy Oversight Committee

Daniela J. Lamas, MD

  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Instructor in Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School - Boston MA

Michael A. Rees, MD, PHD

  • Professor - The University of Toledo Health Science Campus
  • Departments of Urology and Pathology
  • Department of Urology, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, USA

Anji Wall, MD, PhD

  • Transplant Surgeon
  • Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute
  • Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX


Magnolia Hotel Park Cities

6070 N Central Expressway, Dallas 75206



Rooms are available at the Magnolia Dallas Park Cities Hotel located at 6070 N Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75206.


To book accommodations online at a special rate of $120, 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 $120 Baylor Scott and White 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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