Advances in Solid Organ Transplant and the Treatment of Chronic Liver Disease

Pittsburgh, PA US
September 12, 2019 to September 13, 2019

Advances in Solid Organ Transplant and the Treatment of Chronic Liver Disease

During this conference, UPMC clinical experts will discuss innovations in solid organ transplantation. We will provide an exploration of advanced technologies and solutions to current challenges in the management of chronic liver disease in pediatric and adult populations.

Located in Pittsburgh, Pa., UPMC’s transplant programs are among the world’s largest and are internationally renowned for their influence on the field of transplantation. Their experts have performed more than 20,000 transplants, including heart, lung, intestinal, kidney, liver, pancreas, and multiple-organ transplants, along with heart-assist-device implantation.

Target Audience

Designed for the interprofessional health care team

This conference has been developed for the interprofessional health care team, specifically for those health care practitioners who care for and/or manage patients' health care benefits, as well as those who have an interest in adult and pediatric transplantation and the treatment of chronic liver disease. The educational activity has been designed to promote collaborative practice in health care delivery by providing a broad range of topics for a variety of learners.

Who attends? 
  • Case Managers
  • Managed Care Nurses
  • Medical Directors
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Physicians/PAs
  • Social Workers
  • Transplant Nurses
  • Transplant/Hematopoietic Transplant Coordinators
  • Medical Management Staff
  • Reinsurance Managers
  • Utilization Review Staff

Learning Objectives

After completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss current trends in adult and pediatric liver, heart, lung, kidney, and intestinal transplantation.
  • Identify challenges in the management of chronic liver disease, such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), alcoholic hepatitis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC) type 1 for adult and pediatric patients.
  • Recognize the challenges of liver transplant for patients with metabolic diseases.
  • List the benefits of living-donor transplant for adult and pediatric patients with end-stage liver and kidney disease.
  • Explain the practice of a BMT after a solid organ transplant.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 12.00 ABTC
  • 12.00 ACPE - Pharmacist
  • 12.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
  • 12.00 AMA
  • 12.00 ANCC
  • 12.00 APA
  • 12.00 ASWB
  • 12.00 Attendance
  • 4.50 CCMC - Ethics
  • 7.50 CCMC - General
  • 12.00 CMCN
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
09/12/2019 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
09/13/2019 - 3:30pm

Don't miss the unique opportunity to reach this targeted audience of health care professionals during “Advances in Solid Organ Transplant and the Treatment of Chronic Liver Disease.”

Exhibitor and supporter resources

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> Exhibitor & Supporter Prospectus
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>Floor Plan and Booth Assignments (not currently available)

Exhibit and Support Details


OptumHealth Education gratefully acknowledges our supporters. Click on the organization's logo to be redirected to its website.

Annual Conference Supporters









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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
One Bigelow Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States
+1 (412) 281-5800

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown

"Advances in Solid Organ Transplant and the Treatment of Chronic Liver Disease" will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the Cultural District, Shopping District and steps away from the “T” public transit train, where you can ride free to a variety of downtown attractions. Guests will enjoy contemporary accommodations, comforting amenities, enhanced complimentary Wi-Fi and can re-energize at the spacious new fitness center.
> DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown Website

Conference Attire

Suggested attire for the conference is business casual. Although every effort is made to maintain a comfortable learning environment, meeting room temperatures can fluctuate greatly and may be difficult to control. Since it is difficult to adjust meeting room temperatures to suit individual preferences, please bring a sweater or jacket, and/or wear layered clothing to ensure your comfort.


Parking and Ground Transportation

Parking and directions: Click here for parking, map and driving directions. The Parking Garage entrance is around the back of the hotel on Centre Avenue.
Self-parking: Not available
Valet parking: $26.00 (limited onsite space, in/out access)

Ground transportation: Click here for ground transportation information available at the Pittsburgh International Airport. A complimentary hotel shuttle provides guests with transportation to all attractions in the 'Downtown' area from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

To Reserve Your Room      Book Now

Hotel reservations: 
Book your reservation online
Toll-free reservations: (800) 222-8733. To receive the conference discounted room rate, you must reserve your room by Thursday, August 22 and mention code "CLD."

Hotel room rate: $153 special group rate
A limited number of rooms are available for Wednesday, Sept. 11 and Thursday, Sept. 12 at the special conference rate of $153. The rate is per room, per night, and subject to prevailing state and local taxes. Individuals are responsible for room costs and fees.

Reservation deadline: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, or when rooms sell out, whichever comes first. Reservations made after this date, or after the room block is sold out, will be accepted on a space-available basis at the prevailing room rate.

Faculty and Planning Committee

Click here for a list of faculty and planning committee members.


Printable Schedule-at-a-Glance (Updated: 06/18/2019)

Thursday, Sept. 12
Friday, Sept. 13

Up to 6.5 continuing education credits available.

7:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks, UPMC; and Heidi Leenay, Vice President, OptumHealth Education

8:00 a.m.

Liver Transplantation and Living Donation

  • Living-Donor Liver Transplants: Changing the Paradigm, Abhinav Humar, MD
  • Is My Patient a Candidate for a Liver Transplant? (Low Model for End-Stage Liver Disease and Complex Conditions), Swaytha Ganesh, MD
  • Machine Preservation for Liver Transplantation: Is It the Future? Christopher Hughes, MD

Panel Q & A

Learning objectives:

  1. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of living-donor liver transplant and the optimal timing for offering living donation to patients on the liver transplant waiting list.
  2. Identify the risks and complications associated with living-donor liver transplant.
  3. Recognize the indications for adult liver transplantation, including patients with low MELD scores and complex conditions that often are not approved for transplant.
  4. Identify the reasons for placing a liver on a machine perfusion device prior to transplantation.

9:15 a.m.

BreakExhibits Open

9:45 a.m.

Advanced Liver Conditions and Transplant

  • Viral Hepatitis (B and C): What Are We Doing? What Should We Do? Naudia Jonassaint, MD
  • Liver Transplantation for Metastases and Non-Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) Tumors, Michele Molinari, MD
  • Liver Transplantation for Alcoholic Hepatitis, Shahid Malik, MD
  • Liver Transplantation for HCC: Milan and Beyond, Amit Tevar, MD
  • Update on the Management of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD): Thinking Beyond Eat Less, Move More!, Jaideep Behari, MD

Panel Q & A

Learning objectives:

  1. Review the effect of the opioid epidemic on the epidemiology of hepatitis C to decrease stigma and improve acceptance of hepatitis C-positive organs by our patients.
  2. Identify candidates for transplantation for unresectable colorectal metastatic.
  3. Describe liver transplant for acute severe alcoholic hepatitis.
  4. Identify which tumor markers can accurately predict poor outcomes following liver transplant with HCC.
  5. Discuss dietary patterns associated with decreasing the risk of NAFLD.

11:45 a.m.

Lunch (provided) — Exhibits Open

1:00 p.m.

Kidney Transplant and Living Donation

  • High Risk Donors: New Paradigms in Transplantation, Amit Tevar, MD
  • Living-Donor Kidney Transplantation: Focused Updates on Long-term Living Donor Outcomes, Puneet Sood, MD
  • Is My Patient a Candidate? Advanced Age, Obesity, Frailty, Recurrent Disease, Malignancy, Noncompliance, Advanced Cardiovascular Comorbidity, Christine Wu, MD

Panel Q & A

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand new standards for kidney transplant and practices for high-risk cadaveric kidney donors.
  2. Discuss updates in living-donor kidney transplantation and the advantages and disadvantages of living donation.
  3. Identify indicators for appropriate candidates for kidney transplantation and to improve decision making regarding transplant for elderly and obese patients and the risk of cancer recurrence after kidney transplant.

2:15 p.m.

BreakExhibits Open

2:45 p.m.

Heart and Lung Transplant and Immunosuppression Withdrawal

  • The History of Lung Transplant – A Single Center Experience, Matthew Morrell, MD
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP), Pablo G. Sanchez, MD, PhD
  • New Heart Transplant Allocation Guidelines—Things to Consider when Referring Patients, Mary E. Keebler, MD
  • Ventricular Assist Device, Christopher Michael Sciortino, MD, PhD
  • Immunosuppression Withdrawal After Transplantation, Abhinav Humar, MD

Panel Q & A

Learning objectives:

  1. Gain expanded knowledge of the surgical innovations of lung transplantation at UPMC and the use of ECMO and EVLP.
  2. Discuss new allocations for heart transplantation and considerations when referring patients.
  3. Discuss advances in immune transplantation and immunosuppression withdrawal following a living-donor liver transplant.

4:45–6:00 p.m.

Complimentary Networking Reception

Up to 5.5 continuing education credits available.

7:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks, UPMC; and Heidi Leenay, Vice President, OptumHealth Education

8:00 a.m.

Update in Pediatric Transplantation

  • Transplant Surgery Program Overview and Challenges of Liver Transplantation for Metabolic Disease, George Mazariegos, MD
  • Bone Marrow Transplant, Paul Szabolcs, MD
  • Intestinal Transplantation and Rehab Surgery, Geoff Bond, MD
  • Pediatric Kidney Transplant in Infants, Armando Ganoza, MD

Panel Q & A

10:00 a.m.

Break—Exhibits Open

10:30 a.m.

Advanced Liver Conditions and Transplant

  • Current Management of Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis Type 1, James Squires, MD, MS
  • Pediatric Acute Liver Failure, Robert Squires, MD
  • Transplantation for Cholestatic Diagnoses and Cancer and Translational Advances, Rakesh Sindhi, MD

Panel Q & A

11:45 a.m.

Lunch (provided)—Exhibits Open

1:00 p.m.

Updates in Heart and Lung Transplant for Pediatric Patients and Patients with Liver Disease

  • Heart and Lung Transplantation Challenges in Pediatric Transplantation, Victor Morell, MD
  • Cardiac Interventions in Children with Chronic Liver Disease, Jackie Kreutzer, MD
  • Expanding Donor Options and Graft Salvaging: Biliary and Vascular Reconstruction, Kyle Soltys, MD

Panel Q & A

2:15 p.m.


2:30 p.m.

Intestinal Rehabilitation and Interventional Radiology

  • Intestinal Rehabilitation, Jeffrey Rudolph, MD
  • Interventional Radiology, John Crowley, MD

Panel Q & A

3:30 p.m.


Note: OptumHealth Education and UPMC reserve the right to make any necessary changes to this program. Efforts will be made to keep presentations as scheduled. However, unforeseen circumstances may result in the substitution of faculty or content.
Last updated: 06/18/2019

Maximum CE Hours Available:  12.0
Thursday, September 12 — Up to 6.5 CE Hours
Friday, September 13 — Up to 5.5 CE Hours

Accreditation Statement

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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and UPMC. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements


This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 12.0 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

OptumHealth Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

AAPC-Certified Coders
AAPC will honor 1-for-1 CEUs for any live event offering CME credit or AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. A certificate of attendance or completion is necessary to show participation. The certificate will give the total CMEs possible for the offering. Physicians are advised to claim only the actual hours that they were present during the education. We ask that AAPC-certified members abide by this request also. One hour of instruction is worth one CEU.

Pharmacists/Pharmacy Technicians
This activity is approved for 12.0 contact hours (1.20 CEUs) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 12.0 contact hours (1.25 CEUs).
Unique Activity Number JA0007123-9999-19-154-L01-P/T

The participant will be awarded up to 12.0 contact hours of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Case Managers
Contact hours for Case Manager Certification have been approved for previous conferences. Application for Case Manager Certification (CCM) for this activity has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC). 
CCMC Ethics credit approval is pending for this course. The CCMC Code of Professional Conduct will be referenced in this presentation. View the CCMC Code of Professional Conduct here.

Managed Care Nurses
Certified Managed Care Nurse (CMCN) continuing education credits have been applied for through the American Board of Managed Care Nursing (ABMCN).

OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 12.0 CE hour.

Social Workers

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As a Jointly Accredited Organization, OptumHealth Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive up to 12.0 live continuing education credits.

Transplant Coordinators, Transplant Nurses, Procurement Transplant Coordinators
OptumHealth Education has applied for Category 1 Education Points for Transplant Certification (CEPTC) through the American Board for Transplant Certification (ABTC).

Hematopoietic Transplant Coordinators
This learning activity qualifies towards recertification for certified hematopoietic transplant coordinators (CHTC).

ILNA Coding
The program content has been submitted to the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC). Approval pending.

Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 10 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Conference Evaluation and Certificate of Attendance Request Process

A Certificate of Attendance will be available at the conclusion of the conference. Check back at that time for instructions regarding the Certificate of Attendance Request and Conference Evaluation process.

Available Credit

  • 12.00 ABTC
  • 12.00 ACPE - Pharmacist
  • 12.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
  • 12.00 AMA
  • 12.00 ANCC
  • 12.00 APA
  • 12.00 ASWB
  • 12.00 Attendance
  • 4.50 CCMC - Ethics
  • 7.50 CCMC - General
  • 12.00 CMCN

Accreditation Period

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Registration Fees:

Attendee: General - Early Bird (invalid for Industry use) — $70 — Discounted rate valid until 8/16/19
Attendee: General (invalid for Industry use) — $85
Attendee: Medical Science Liaison - Early Bird — $140 — Discounted rate valid until 8/16/19
Attendee: Medical Science Liaison — $170
Attendee: Optum Employee — $0
Exhibitor/Sponsor/Supporter: Complimentary — $0 — Included with exhibit/support/sponsor fee
Industry Extra Registration — $500 — Available to industry organizations purchasing a registration in addition to those included with their exhibit/support agreement.

Registration Information

Registration includes: Conference sessions, program syllabus, continuing education record-keeping and certificate of attendance, continental breakfasts, breaks, lunches and reception.

Registration confirmation: Registrants will receive an email confirmation upon successful completion of the online registration. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 10 minutes, your conference registration may not have been completed correctly. Please request assistance at

Right of refusal: OptumHealth Education and UPMC reserve the right to refuse conference registration and attendance.

Cancellation policy:  Send cancellation requests to A $25 processing fee will be assessed on cancellations received by August 16, 2019. Only medically verifiable cancellations will be considered for partial refund after August 16, 2019.

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