Register Here for Pediatric Transplantation 2014: Emerging Trends, Innovations and Challenges

September 19, 2014
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Simmons College
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA  02115

Gain valuable insight into the evolving field of pediatric transplant medicine.
The series of informative, 20- to 30-minute talks will be delivered by pediatric transplant experts and cover several important issues. Nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians, case managers, doctors and other care providers will receive up-to-date and insightful information about pediatric transplant medicine that they can then use in their own practice.

Discussion topics include:

•   ethical considerations in patient selection for organ transplant
•   bridging patients to lung transplant
•   addressing infectious disease challenges in children post transplant
•   social media and transplant medicine
•   innovations in heart transplant
•   post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) treatment  

Pricing - $60.

Parking - Available for a fee. Click here for a link to parking information.
Parking is also available at the Museum of Fine Arts. Information on MFA parking can be found here.

Hotels - Click here to download information on hotels near the conference center.

Accreditation - 5.6 nursing contact hours and 0.56 pharmacy CEUs will be awarded. Social work hours are pending.

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Boyer MDDebra Boyer, MD
Associate Medical Director, Lung Transplant Program
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School




Kevin Daly MDKevin Daly, MD
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Boston Children’s Hospital



Scott Elisofon, MD
Associate Director, Center for Childhood Liver Disease
Boston Children's Hospital




Samantha EndicottSamantha Endicott, MPH, CPTC
Donation Coordinator, New England Organ Bank




Fawaz MDRima Fawaz, MD
Medical Director, Intestine and Multivisceral Transplant
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Boston Children’s Hospital



Francis Fynn Thompson MDFrancis Fynn-Thompson, MD
Surgical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program
Surgical Director, Lung Transplant Program
Surgical Director, Heart Transplant Program
Associate in Cardiac Surgery
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Boston Children’s Hospital


Kirsten GetchallKirsten Getchell, MS, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Boston Children’s Hospital




Jennifer GilardeJennifer Gilarde, PharmD
Transplant Pharmacist
Boston Children’s Hospital



William Harmon, MD
Medical Director, Kidney Transplant Program
Senior Associate in Pediatrics
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Warren E. Grupe Chair in Pediatric Nephrology
Boston Children’s Hospital


Leslie Lehman, MD
Director, Clinical Stem Cell Transplantation Program
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center


Lynne LewisLynne Lewis, RN, MS, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Boston Children’s Hospital




Laura O'MeliaLaura O’Melia, RN, MSN, CPNP
Nursing Director, Pediatric Transplant Center
Boston Children’s Hospital



Christina VanderPluym, MDChristina VanderPluym, MD
Medical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program
Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Boston Children’s Hospital



Donna White, RN, PhD, CNS, CADACDonna White, RN, PhD, CNS, CADAC
Addiction Specialist
Lemuel Shattuck Hospital



Paula WoodPaula Wood, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Boston Children’s Hospital


7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Registration / Continental Breakfast

7:50 – 8:00 a.m.
Welcome / Opening Remarks
Laura O’Melia, RN, MSN, CPNP

8:00 – 8:25 a.m.
Controversies in Patient Selection for Solid Organ Transplantation: The Role of Neurodevelopmental Criteria
Kevin Daly, MD

8:30 – 8:55 a.m.
Transplanting the Transplanted: Unique Considerations for Patients Requiring Solid Organ Transplant after Bone Marrow Transplant
Leslie Lehmann, MD

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.
Post-transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder (PTLD)
Jennifer Gilarde, PharmD

9:25 – 9:50 a.m.
Bridges to Lung Transplant
Francis Fynn-Thompson, MD

9:50 – 10:05 a.m.

10:05 – 10:25 a.m.
Multivisceral Transplant for Large Tumors
Rima Fawaz, MD

10:30 – 10:55 a.m.
Exposure and Immunosuppression: Challenges of Common Infections in the Immunocompromised Host
Lynne Lewis, RN, MS, CPNP

11:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Social Media and Transplant
Paula Wood, MSW, LCSW

11:25 – 11:45 a.m.
Approaching the Potential Donor Family
Samantha Endicott, MPH, CPTC

11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

12:25 – 12:45 p.m.
Innovations for Broken Hearts: Mechanical Circulatory Support and Beyond
Christina VanderPluym, MD

12:50 – 1:10 p.m.
New Indications for Liver Transplant in the 21st Century
Scott Elisofon, MD

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Compassion Fatigue
Donna White, RN, PhD, CNS, CADAC

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

2:15 – 2:35 p.m.
One Transplant 6-Minute Walk Test Predicts Peri- and Post-operative Outcomes After Pediatric Lung Transplant
Debra Boyer, MD

2:40 – 3:00 p.m.
Adolescent Programming
Kirsten Getchell, MS, CCLS

3:05 – 3:25 p.m.
Transplant Tourism
William Harmon, MD

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks / Questions / CEU Certificates


The Pediatric Transplant Center at Boston Children's is defined by its program breadth, clinical depth and multidisciplinary approach. Whether launching the world's first pediatric hand transplant program or discharging the first North American child back to school with today’s most advanced ventricular assist devices to support blood circulation, Boston Children's is a leader in advancing pediatric transplant medicine.  Boston Children’s solid organ transplant programs include:

• Kidney Transplant Program
Liver Transplant Program
Intestine and Multivisceral Transplant Program
Heart Transplant Program
Lung Transplant Program
• Heart and Lung Transplant Program

Boston Children’s offers hand transplants under a research protocol. In addition, Boston Children's Transplantation Research Program provides an environment for scientists and physicians to collaborate in all matters related to transplantation and immunosuppression. The Transplant Research Program was created specifically to share new knowledge and to speed results gained from research into innovative and improved approaches to caring for children in need of transplant.