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

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

Location: The Wilshire Grand Hotel - 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ

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 health care 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. Identify two components of transplant finance
  5. Describe two considerations in the psychosocial evaluation of transplant recipients
  6. List one strategy to help patients find a living donor
  7. Describe two myths of living kidney donation.
  8. Describe the surgical evaluation of transplant candidate

Program Agenda

  • 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


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, boxed lunch, transplant certification and contact hours.

Registration is required at

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.

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: 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: “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.

Event Inquiries

Alexander (AJ) Basil, Transplant Liaison

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

Alexander (AJ) Basil, MAOL
Transplant Liaison

Erin Forman, MSW, LCSW
Transplant Social Worker

Marie Gerace, MSW, LCSW
Transplant Social Worker

Praveen Kandula, MD, MPH, FACP, FASN
Medical Director, Living Donor Institute

Ana Merced-Castro, MSN, RN, CCTC

Clinical Manager, Pre-Transplant & Research Services

Jamie Miller, MS, RD, CDCES, BC-ADM, CCTD
Transplant Dietician and Diabetic Educator

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

Harry Sun, MD

Associate Director, Transplant Surgery

Casey Warren, RN, BSN, CCTC
Pre-Transplant Supervisor

Lauryn Weinshank, MSW, LSW
Manager, Transplant Psychosocial Services

The Wilshire Grand Hotel

350 Pleasant Valley Way

West Orange, NJ 07052

Questions? Contact Christina Psathas

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