Live-Donor Liver Transplantation: A Life-Saving Option for End-Stage Liver Disease

Activity description

Living-liver donation can be a life-saving surgery for individuals awaiting liver transplantation. Through access to a live donor, individuals with end-stage liver disease can receive a life-saving transplant much sooner than if they waited for a deceased-donor liver to become available. With more than 14,000 Americans on the waiting list for a liver transplant—and only about 5,000 deceased-donor livers available for transplant—live-donor liver transplantation (LDLT) has tremendous benefits, including not only saving the lives of transplant recipients but also enabling alternative candidates on the liver transplant waiting list to receive deceased-donor organs that would not otherwise have been available to them.

During this activity, Dr. Abhinav Humar will provide an overview of the current status of LDLT, its advantages and disadvantages, and the importance of an interdisciplinary team approach to management of donors and recipients.

This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and UPMC.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, counselors, managed care nurses, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers, therapists and other HCPs who have an interest in LDLT.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Provide an overview of LDLT along with current volumes and outcomes statistics.
  • State the current status of liver transplantation and the consequences of a waiting list with a limited resource.
  • Explore the advantages and disadvantages of LDLT, including suitable candidates for this surgery.
  • List innovative and novel indications for LDLT.
  • Discuss the importance of an interdisciplinary team approach to management of LDLT donors and recipients.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
  • 1.00 CMCN - Certified Managed Care Nurse
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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Faculty PictureAbhinav Humar, MD
Chief, Division of Abdominal Transplantation Surgery
Clinical Director, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute
Thomas E. Starzl Professor in Transplantation Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA

About the presenter
Dr. Abhinav Humar is the Clinical Director of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute and the Chief, Division of Transplantation in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is also a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a Staff Physician at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Healthcare System. Prior to this he was a Professor and the Director for the Liver Transplant Program at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Humar received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa, from which he graduated magna cum laude and was the silver medalist of his class. After completing his surgical residency at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Humar earned a research and clinical fellowship in transplant surgery at the University of Minnesota in 1997.

His research pursuits have resulted in numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) and multiyear pharmaceutical grants. He has had more than 500 abstracts accepted at national and international transplant meetings. In addition, he has authored or co-authored more than 200 manuscripts, 40 book chapters and 4 books.

Dr. Humar is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the International Liver Transplantation Society, the Society of University Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He is on the Editorial Board for Liver Transplantation and is the Deputy Editor of Clinical Transplantation.

Activity planners
Sarah Chart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

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Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.

The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn 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
IPCE Credit LogoThis activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) 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.

Pharmacists/Pharmacy technicians
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-19-045-H01-P/T

OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

Case managers
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hour for Certified Case Managers (CCM).

Managed care nurses
This activity has been approved for a maximum of 1.00 clock hours for Certified Managed Care Nurse (CMCN) recertification by the American Board of Managed Care Nursing (ABMCN).

Counselors, psychologists, social workers and/or marriage and family therapists
Participants must have attended the entire Web-based activity and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.

OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.

Social workers
ACE LogoAs 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 1.00 live continuing education credits.

Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
  • 1.00 CMCN - Certified Managed Care Nurse
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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