Date : Sunday May 3rd, 2015
Time : 17:45 to 19:15
Location : Room 119 A, PA Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
Fee : This event is open and free to all participants attending ATC 2015 (Doctors, Scientists, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Coordinators, Technicians, etc.)

Overview :

The TTS Women in Transplantation initiative has been set up to provide support and guidance to future generations of transplant professionals. Our Networking Events are an interesting and unique opportunity for women to make contact with others in the same field.

"Planning for it All: Perspectives on a Life in Transplantation "


Guest Speaker: Wendy-J-Grant2


Dr. Wendy Grant is a Professor of Surgery, Medical Director of Pediatric Transplantation, Director of Living Donor Liver Transplant Program and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, College of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine. Dr. Grant earned her medical degree from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Grant served her residency at the University of Utah Medical Center followed by her fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Grant`s clinical interests focus on liver and intestinal transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery and intestinal rehabilitation. Her research focus is on outcomes following intestinal transplantation, liver transplantation and surgical education. She actively participates in medical student education.

Guest Speaker: Barbara-Murphy


Barbara Murphy is the Chair of the Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine, the Murray M. Rosenberg Professor of Medicine, and the Dean of Clinical Integration and Population Management at the Icahn School of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Health System.  She is a transplant immunology researcher whose work has focused on the use of genomics and genetics to investigate outcomes following renal transplantation.

She was first recruited to Mount Sinai as Director of Transplant Nephrology in 1997 and was named Chief of the Division of Nephrology in 2003. In 2011, she was appointed Dean for Clinical and Population Based Research, Director of Conduits, The Institute for Translational Science and PI of the Institutional CTSA. She was named Murray M. Rosenberg Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2012. Dr. Murphy is the first female chair of medicine at an academic medical center in New York City and only the second female chair in a top 20 medical school in the US. Dr. Murphy has held many leadership positions in the AST and ASN and is a past President of the American Society of Transplantation. Recently, she was the Chair of the World Transplant Congress.

Guest Speaker: Marian-ORourke


Marian has over 20 years of experience in solid organ transplant including clinical coordination, management and leadership, and quality and compliance roles in all organ transplants.  She is currently the Associate Director for Quality, Compliance, and Outcomes Management at the Miami Transplant Institute as at the Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  

She is a past president of NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals having served on the Board of Director and various committees for a number of years.  She has served on multiple OPTN/UNOS committees including the Data Advisory Committee, the Transplant Coordinators Committee, Chair of the Ad Hoc International Affairs Committee, and the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors.  She was also on the Strategic Planning committee of the HRSA Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice, in addition to the HRSA Transplant Center Task Force.  She was on the joint NATCO/ITNS planning committee for ATC pre meeting symposiums, and served in planning committee roles for the 2014 WTC.   She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation, and is faculty on the AFDT sponsored Living Donation Conference and the Transplant Quality Institute.  She is also a member of the Alliance Transplant Leadership Council and the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice. 

Guest Speaker: Nicole-Valenzuela


Nicole Valenzuela received her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from UCLA under the mentorship of Dr. Elaine Reed, studying the effects of MHC class I antibodies on endothelial activation and recruitment of mononuclear cells. She continued her post-doctoral education in Dr. Reed’s lab, investigating the impact of HLA antibody subclass on pathogenic effects relevant to antibody-mediated rejection, including interaction with Fc receptors on myeloid cells and activation of the classical complement cascade. She is currently undergoing training to become an HLA laboratory director at the UCLA Immunogenetics Center.


ascher nancyNANCY L. ASCHER, MD, PhD

Dr. Ascher is Professor and Chair, Isis Distinguished Professor in Transplantation and Leon Goldman, MD Distinguished Professor in Surgery at the UCSF Department of Surgery has devoted her career to organ transplantation and transplantation research. She has served on the Presidential Task Force on Organ Transplantation, the Surgeon General’s Task Force on Increasing Donor Organs, and as Chair of the Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation.


Elaine-Reed 2ELAINE F. REED, PhD

Dr. Elaine F. Reed is Professor of Pathology at the University of California, Los Angeles and Director of the UCLA Immunogenetics Center.  She directs the research and clinical activities of the UCLA Immunogenetics Center and serves as Vice Chair of Research Services for the Department of Pathology. Dr. Reed’s research interests over the last 26 years have focused on mechanisms of antibody-mediated acute and chronic allograft rejection.