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Donor Advocate Symposium 2016

Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute in conjunction with the Camenae Group is honored to host the 5th Annual Donor Advocate Symposium at the Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities on Friday, November 4th, 2016.

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.

Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities
6070 North Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas  75206
214.750.6060  |


A room block has been established at conference venue, Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities, for Donor Advocate Symposium attendees. Please book your room reservations directly with the hotel via the following link:  MAGNOLIA RESERVATIONS


This activity is designed for registered nurses, transplant nurse coordinators, social workers, donor advocates, clergy, and professionals who work with transplant candidates, including physicians, ethicists, philosophers, and anyone with an interest in living donor transplantation.


Giuliano Testa, MD, FACS, MBA
Surgical Chief of Abdominal Transplant
Surgical Director, Living Donor Liver Transplantation
Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

8:30 am  Welcome and Introduction
 Giuliano Testa, MD, FACS, MBA
 Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute
 Baylor University Medical Center
 Dallas, TX
8:45         It’s Time to Treat Organ Donors with the Respect They Deserve
  Joshua Morrison, JD
  WaitList Zero
  Washington, DC
9:15         When the Living Donor Advocate Says “No”
  Shelley Spector, LCSW
  The Living Bank
  Houston, TX
9:45         The White Lie
  Jennifer Anderson, LMSW, ACM
  Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center
  Fort Worth, TX
10:15       Break
10:30       Best Practices in Live Kidney Donation:
  Recommendations to Optimize Education, Access & Care
  Dianne LaPointe Rudow, DNP
  The Mount Sinai Medical Center
  New York, NY
11:00       Anonymous Living Donation:
  Still Controversial or Yesterday’s Issue?
  Mary Amanda Dew, PhD
  University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  Pittsburgh, PA
11:30       “Ask The Experts” Speaker Panel
Noon         Lunch
1:00         When the Donor is Pressured: 
  What Are the Issues & How Can the LDAT Best Help?
  Sondra Cohen, LCSW
  University of Chicago (Retired)
  Chicago, IL
1:30         Balancing Need to Know with Right to Privacy
  Elisa Gordon, PhD, MPH
  Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University
  Chicago, IL
2:00         Real Life Stories:
  The Living Donor Transplant Experience
3:00         Conclusion/Evaluation/Adjourn

The Camenae Group, Inc. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered
Nursing, Provider # CEP 14279 for 6.0 Contact Hours.
This activity will be submitted to the National Association of Social Workers for
continuing education credit.
Category I Continuing Education Points for Transplant Certification (CEPTCs) will
be applied for through the American Board for Transplant Certification (ABTC).