Living Donor Transplant Symposium
Living Donor Transplant Symposium

Course Description

Living donor transplantation is a key part of restoring health in patients with severe kidney disease, liver disease or end-stage organ failure. Living uterus donation is utilized for women with absolute uterine factor infertility who undergo transplant to have a baby. Nurses, clinicians, clergy, and social workers play a pivotal role in communicating the option of living organ donation to patients, families, friends, and other potential living donors. This symposium will enhance knowledge of the clinical, financial, psychosocial, advocacy, ethical, and regulatory issues related to living donation.

Scientific Program


Friday, October 28, 2022
(All times are Central Standard Time)
7:45 am
Registration and breakfast
8:30 am
Welcome and Introduction
Giuliano Testa, MD, MBA, FACS
8:40 am
Modernizing Living Donor Policy: Changing with the Times
Heather Hunt, JD
9:20 am
Paired Exchange: The Path to Growth
Matthew Cooper, MD, FACS
10:00 am
Fit to Donate? The Role of Behavioral Health in Living Donation
Kevin Ceckowski, MSW, LICSW
10:40 am
10:55 am
Gaze into the Crystal Ball: The Future of Living Kidney, Liver, and Uterus Donation
Eric Martinez, MD
11:35 am
Donor Assessment Toolkit
Shelley Spector, LCSW, CCTSW
12:15 pm
1:20 pm
Who Foots the Bill? Financial Aspects of Living Donor Transplant
Lara Tushla, LCSW, NSW-C
2:00 pm
Case Studies & Open Mic
Giuliano Testa, MD, MBA, FACS
Anji Wall, MD, PhD
2:30 pm
Real Life Stories: The Living Donor Experience: Liver Donor, Kidney Donor, Uterus Donor
3:30 pm

Target Audience

This event is for transplant coordinators, nurses, dialysis center care teams, social workers, clergy, physicians, ethicists and 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.

TRANSPLANT Category I The American Board for Transplant Certification (ABTC) has approved this educational offering for up to 5.5 Category 1 Continuing Education Points for Transplant Certification (CEPTCs) The provider number is 146-289.

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

The Foundation for Advanced Cardiovascular Education and Training (FACET) was reviewed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and awarded accreditation status as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. To receive credit, attendees must complete the following steps: sign-in, attend the program, and complete an evaluation.

Content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of FACET. This material has been prepared based on a review of multiple sources of information but is not comprehensive. Participants are advised to critically appraise the information presented, and they are encouraged to consult the available literature on any product or device mentioned in this activity.

Course Director


Giuliano Testa, MD, MBA, FACS

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


Kevin Ceckowski, MSW, LICSW

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Walter Reed National Military Center
  • Bethesda, MD

Matthew Cooper, MD, FACS

  • Immediate Past President, UNOS
  • Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Washington, DC

Heather Hunt, JD

  • Living Liver Donor
  • OPTN Board of Directors
  • Immediate past Chair, OPTN Living Donor Committee

Eric Martinez, MD

  • Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant
  • Baylor University Medical Center
  • Dallas, TX

Shelley Spector, LCSW, CCTSW

  • Director of Social Work Services
  • The Living Bank
  • Houston, TX

Lara Tushla, LCSW, NSW-C

  • Transplant Social Worker
  • Rush University Transplant Program
  • Chicago, IL

Anji Wall, MD, PhD

  • Transplant Surgeon
  • Baylor University Medical Center
  • Dallas, TX


BSWH Administrative Building

301 N Washington Ave, Dallas, TX 75246


Rooms are available at the Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas Downtown at Baylor Scott and White. The rates are $139 for a single queen, $159 for double queen.


To book accommodations online, please use this link to the Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas Downtown at Baylor Scott and White booking website.


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