The 33rd Annual Dr. Shamkant Mulgaonkar Transplant Surgeon Designee Symposium for Chronic Kidney Disease Professionals

Increasing Opportunities for Transplant

Thursday, April 25, 2024

7:45am – 4:15pm

Pines Manor
2085 Lincoln Highway Edison, NJ 08817

For Both Initial Certification and Re-certification for Nurses and Social Workers
Contact Hours for Nurses, Social Workers, Patient Care Technicians and Dietitians.

This symposium is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills for healthcare professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of renal and pancreas transplantation as a treatment modality for their CKD patients. It is specifically designed for dialysis nurses, patient care technicians, dialysis social workers and dietitians. The symposium will also provide initial and recertification for Transplant Surgeon Designees.


Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Review key initiatives the transplant center takes to improve patient care
  2. Identify two best practices to increase the number of patients listed for transplant at your facility
  3. Describe three responsibilities of the a transplant surgeon designee
  4. List two options for patients with living kidney donors
  5. Identify two considerations in the psychosocial evaluation of transplant recipients
  6. Describe two factors the transplant center considers in the evaluation of deceased donor kidney offers
  7. Describe one component of donor procurement

Program Agenda

7:45am Welcome & Introductions

Christina Psathas

8:00am Mission, Vision & Values: Evaluation of Offers of Deceased Donor Kidneys

Francis L. Weng, MD, MSCE

9:15am Overview of Deceased Donor Organ Procurement

Matthew Rosenzweig, DO

10:00am Break (Exhibit Visits)

10:15am Living Donation: Increasing Opportunities for Transplant

Marie Morgievich, APN.C

11:00am The Patient Experience: Perspectives from a Living Donor & Recipient

11:45am Lunch (Exhibit Visits)

12:45pm The Role of the Transplant Designee: Preparing Your Patient for Referral, Evaluation and Wait List

Christina Psathas, MA
Denise Delos Santos, RN
Allison Moorman, MSN, RN, CCTC

1:45pm Psychosocial Challenges in Kidney Transplantation

Lauryn Weinshank, MSW
Adriane Shaw, MSW, LSW
Erin Forman, MSW
Rachel Alcada, MSW

2:45pm Break

3:00pm Collaborative Efforts to Increase Access to Transplant

Andrea Tietjen, MBA, CPA
Christina Psathas, MA

3:30pm Office Hours: Question & Answers About Transplantation- Panel Discussion

Francis Weng, MD
Lauryn Weinshank, MSW
Ana Merced-Castro, MSN

4:00pm Evaluation & Certification

4:15pm Program Ends


Upon successful completion of the symposium, all participating RNs and social workers will be certified as Transplant Surgeon Designees according to the guidelines established by The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center.

Registration Information

Fee: $100 includes continental breakfast, lunch, transplant certification and contact hours.

Registration Deadline: April 13, 2024

Registration is now closed.

Payment Information

If you are paying by check, the deadline to submit personal and corporate checks is Monday, April 15, 2024

If you are paying by check:

Please include your name and facility on the check. If your facility is issuing a group/corporate check, please list all registered attendees on the check stub or attachment

Checks should be made payable to: DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION- TRANSPLANT FUND

Mail check payment to:

Christina Psathas
Manager, Business Development & Outreach
Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road, East Wing-Suite 303
Livingston, NJ 07039

Contact Hours

Nursing Contact Hours: CBMC is an approved provider of nursing continuing professional development by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission On Accreditation. Provider Number: P151-1/21-24.

Contact hours will be provided. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by CBMC Department of Nursing Education & Research, NJSNA, or ANCC Commission on Accreditation of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this program. There is no commercial or non-commercial support provided for this program. All speakers and planners have no conflicts of interest to disclose. Speakers are required to present balanced and unbiased presentations.

Social Work Contact Hours: For information about contact hours for social workers please contact Christina Psathas at or Shelly Morningstar at

Dietitian Contact Hours: This activity has been submitted to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for approval to award contact hours to dietitians.

Patient Care Technician Contact Hours: This activity has been submitted to NANT, National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists for approval to award contact hours to patient care technicians.

Event Inquiries

Shelly Morningstar, Transplant Outreach Coordinator

Christina Psathas, Manager, Business Development & Outreach

Faculty & Planning Committee

Francis L. Weng, MD, MSCE
Chief, Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division

Marie Morgievich, MS, APN.C, CCTC
Assistant VP, Transplant Clinical Services

Andrea Tietjen, MBA, CPA

Assistant VP, Transplant Administrative Services

Christina Psathas, MA
Manager, Business Development & Outreach

Shelly Morningstar, BA
Transplant Outreach Coordinator

Rachel Alcada, MSW, LSW

Transplant Social Worker

Prianna Chiu, RD, CDES

Transplant Dietitian and Diabetic Educator

Denise Delos Santos, RN

Transplant Coordinator

Erin Forman, MSW, LCSW
Transplant Social Worker

Meiting Huang, RD, CDES
Transplant Dietician and Diabetic Educator

Ana Merced-Castro, MSN, RN, CCTC

Clinical Manager, Pre-Transplant & Research Services

Allison Moorman, MS, RN, CCTC
Transplant Coordinator

Adriane Shaw, MSW, LSW
Independent Living Donor Advocate & Living Donor Social Worker

Matthew Rosenzweig, DO

Transplant Surgeon

Lauryn Weinshank, MSW, LSW
Manager, Transplant Psychosocial Services

Patient Stories

  • “Dr. Torre literally saved my life; I was on the brink of a catastrophe.”

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  • “I’ve always had a good feeling about the hospital, and when I spoke to the people at the transplant center, I felt at ease. The staff was wonderful.”

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  • Her donation was the start of a chain of kidney donations the led to three patients receiving life-saving kidney donations.

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