The 30th Annual Dr. Sham Mulgaonkar Transplant Surgeon Designee Symposium Partners in Patient Care: Transplant & Dialysis

Thursday, February 18, 2021
7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Free Virtual Program


This symposia is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills for renal 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 re-certification for Transplant Surgeon Designees.


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 Saint Barnabas Medical Center.


7:30 to 8:00 am -Registration
8:00 to 8:15 am - Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:15 to 9:15 am - The Future of Kidney Transplantation: 2021 & Beyond, Francis L. Weng, MD, MSCE
9:15 to 10:45 am - The Role of the Transplant Surgeon Designee: Preparing Your Patient for Referral, Wait List and Everything In Between, Christina Psathas, MA; Belkis Ramirez, BSN, RN; Denise Delos Santos, BSN, RN; Eleanor Simchera, BSN, RN, CNN, CCTC; Donna Walton, RN
10:45 to 11:15 am – VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL
11:15 to 11:45 am - The Top 10 Things to Know about Transplant Finance, Andrea Tietjen, CPA, MBA
11:45 am to 12:15 pm - Case Studies in Deceased Donor Kidney Offers: Options for Your Patients, Kim Tibaldi, MD
12:15 to 1:15 pm - Partners in Care: Case Studies for Successful Transplantation, Lauryn Weinshank, MSW, LSW; Marcia Garcia, MSW, LCSW; Marie Morgievich, MSN, APN.C, CCTC; Francis L. Weng, MD, MSCE
1:15 to 1:30 pm- Evaluations and Certification

Faculty & Planning Committee

Francis L. Weng, MD, MSCE, Chief, Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Debbie Morgan, MHA, MSW, LCSW, VP, Transplant Division, RWJBarnabas Health
Marie Morgievich, MSN, APN.C, CCTC, Assistant Vice President, Transplant Clinical Services, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Andrea Tietjen, CPA, MBA, Assistant Vice President, Transplant Administrative Services, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Christina Psathas, MA, Manager, Business Development & Outreach, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Pui Yan (Prianna) Chiu, MS, RD, CDN, Transplant Dietitian, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Denise Delos Santos, BSN, RN, Transplant Coordinator, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Marcia Garcia, MSW, LCSW, Transplant Social Worker, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Donna Walton, RN, Living Donor Coordinator, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Kim Tibaldi, MD, Transplant Physician, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Belkis Ramirez, BSN, RN, Transplant Coordinator, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Eleanor Simchera, RN, BSN, CNN, CCTC, Transplant Coordinator, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Lauryn Weinshank, MSW, LSW, Transplant Social Worker, Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Registration Information

Registration is Now Closed

Event Inquiries

Christina Psathas
Manager, Business Development & Outreach
Saint Barnabas Medical Center

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