The 32nd Annual Dr. Shamkant Mulgaonkar Transplant Surgeon Designee Symposium for Chronic Kidney Disease Professionals

Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 7:45 am - 4:30 pm

The Wilshire Grand Hotel - 350 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, New Jersey 07052

Sponsored by Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division


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.


  • Review key initiatives the transplant center takes to improve patient care
  • Identify two best practices to increase the number of patients listed for transplant at your facility
  • Describe three responsibilities of the a transplant surgeon designee
  • Identify two components of transplant finance
  • Describe two considerations in the psychosocial evaluation of transplant recipients
  • List one strategy to help patients find a living donor
  • Describe two myths of living kidney donation.
  • Describe the surgical evaluation of transplant candidate


7:45am Welcome & Introductions

Christina Psathas, MA - Manager, Business Development & Outreach

8:00am Creating a Culture of Transplant Excellence: Innovations to Improve Patient Care

Francis L. Weng, MD, MSCE


9:00am The Pivotal Role of the Transplant Designee

Christina Psathas, MA

Casey Warren, RN, BSN, CNN, CCTC

9:45am Break (Exhibit Visits)

10:00am Conversations in Transplant Finance: The Top 5 Facts Recipients Should Know

Andrea Tietjen, MBA, CPA

10:30am Transplant Research & Its Impact on the Future of Kidney Transplantation

Ana Merced-Castro, MSN, RN, CCTC

11:00am Psychosocial Case Studies in Transplantation

Transplant Social Work Team

12:00pm Lunch (Exhibit Visits)

1:00pm Myths & Misconceptions in Living Kidney Donation

Praveen Kandula, MD, MPH, FACP, FASN

1:45pm How to Help Your Patient Find a Living Donor

Marie Morgievich, MSN, APN.C, CCTC

2:15pm The Patient Experience: A Recipient & Living Donor Perspective

2:45pm Break

3:00pm Surgical Evaluation of Transplant Candidates

Harry Sun, MD

3:45pm Office Hours: Question & Answers About Transplantation

Christina Psathas, MA

4:15pm Evaluation & Certification

4:30pm Program Ends

Registration Information

Register online for this event

Registration Deadline: March 15, 2023

Please note that we will be capping attendance due to space restrictions at the venue. We will place any additional registrants on a waiting list once our attendance is reached.

Registration Fee:

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

Payment Information

If you are paying by check, the deadline to submit personal and corporate checks is Friday, March 10, 2023.

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: RWJBarnabas Health is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center'sCommission on Accreditation.Provider Number P0695 Accredited status does not imply endorsement by RWJBarnabas Health 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: “This course, The 32nd Annual Dr. Shamkant Mulgaonkar Transplant Surgeon Designee Symposium for Chronic Kidney Disease Professionals: Increasing Opportunities for Transplant, Approval #01202023-2, provided by Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: Friday, January 20, 2023 through August 31, 2024. New Jersey social workers will receive 7 Non Clinical CE credits for participating in this course.”

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.

For information about contact hours for social workers, please contact Christina Psathas at

Event Inquiries

Alexander (AJ) Basil, Transplant Liaison

Christina Psathas, Manager, Business Development & Outreach

About Our Program

The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center located in Livingston, New Jersey, is one of the largest kidney transplant programs in the country, performing an average of 300 kidney transplant surgeries each year. The Transplant Division’s Living Donor Institute is among the leading living donor kidney programs in the United States. Our comprehensive transplant program offers an array of innovative options, allowing patients with chronic disease opportunities to have a successful kidney transplant.

Patient Stories

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