Transplant Surgeon Designee Symposium - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

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Hosted by: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Location: The Palace at Somerset Park- 333 Davidson Ave, Somerset, NJ, 08873

Target Audience: The target audience for this symposium is registered nurses and social workers who provide care for patients with chronic kidney disease. The content in this course is designed to improve the healthcare provider’s clinical practice and patient management during all phases of transplantation.

Purpose: The purpose of this program is to increase the attendee’s knowledge and understanding of the renal and pancreas transplantation process and the benefits it provides to patients diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

Learning Objectives:

After completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the different phases of the transplantation process.
  • Describe two responsibilities of the transplant designee.
  • Identify two considerations in the psychosocial evaluation of transplant recipients.
  • Discuss three benefits of living donation.
  • List one strategy to help patients find a living donor.

Registration: This program is being offered free of cost to its attendees. There are limited spots available. We will place any additional registrants on a waiting list once our attendance has reached capacity. Attendees of this program will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

Contact Hours: RWJBH is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. A total of 5 continuing professional development units are awarded with successful completion of this program. Please contact Emily Berls at for information about continuing education credits for social workers.

Certification: Transplant Surgeon Designee Certificates will be provided to staff who attend the full program.

RVSP: By May 6, 2024.

Event Inquires: Emily Berls - Outreach Coordinator & Physician Liaison 
732-253-3361 or

Program Agenda:




8:00 AM- 8:45 AM

Registration & Breakfast

8:45 AM- 9:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions

9:00 AM- 9:30 AM

Basic Overview of Transplantation & Multi Listing

Stefanie Magan, BSN, RN

9:30 AM- 9:45 AM

The Role & Responsibilities of the Transplant Designee

Emily Berls, BSN, RN

9:45 AM- 10:00 AM

Psychosocial Issues in Transplantation: Case Study

Nicole Christian, MSW, LCSW

10:00 AM- 10:15 AM


10:15 AM- 10:45 AM

Selection Criteria for Transplant Candidates

Richard Mann, MD

10:45 AM- 11:15 AM

Transplant Nutrition & BMI Requirements: Case Study

Jennifer Seleem, MS, RD

11:15 AM- 11:45 AM

Pancreas Transplantation & Selection Criteria

Ronald Pelletier, MD

11:45 AM- 12:45 PM

Lunch Break

12:45 PM- 1:15 PM

The Evaluation & Benefits of a Living Donor

Zahidul Mondal, MD

1:15 PM- 1:30 PM

How to Find a Living Donor

The Role of the ILDA

Arlene McKnight, MSN, BSN, RN

1:30 PM- 2:00 PM

Living Donor Patient Ambassador Presentation

Q & A Session regarding LD Transplant (10 min)

Arlene McKnight, MSN, BSN, RN

2:00 PM- 2:15 PM


2:15 PM- 2:45 PM

Transplant Medication Management

Antonia Routh, Pharm.D., BCPS

2:45 PM- 3:15 PM

Short & Long-Term Complications After Transplant

Mital Shah, MD

3:15 PM- 3:30 PM

Current Issues & Trends in Transplantation.

(ex: Xenotransplantation, Pumping, etc.)

Advaith Bongu, MD

3:30 PM- 3:45 PM

Q & A

All Staff

3:45 PM- 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Evaluation & Certification Distribution

Conclusion of Program

The Palace at Somerset Park

333 Davidson Ave

Somerset, NJ 08873

Questions? Contact Emily Berls

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