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Kidney Transplant program

Educational symposium

The St. Michael’s Hospital Kidney Transplant Program is pleased to invite nephrology nursing and allied health professionals to the 7th biennial Kidney Transplant Symposium: Moving Forward with Best Outcomes.

Monday June 18, 2018
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (map)
209 Victoria St., Toronto ON

Note: Last day for online registration is June 12. A limited number of on-site registrations will be available. On-site registration $150 by cash or cheque only. Email chenlu@smh.ca to reserve your spot!


The 2018 symposium planning committee

Chair: Galo Meliton

Medical advisor: Dr. Ramesh Prasad

Committee members: Lucy Chen, Sarah Mattok, Fernanda Shamy, Dana Whitham


Morning program
7 - 8 a.m. Registration and breakfast  
8 - 8:15 a.m. Welcome Galo Meliton, RN, Jonathan Fetros, Program Director, Dana Whitham, CLM
8:15 – 8:45 a.m. What’s new at the Trillium Gift of Life Network Dr. Jeff Zaltzman
8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Explore Transplant Ontario update Dr. Istvan Mucsi
9:15 – 10 a.m. Cancer and kidney transplants: What you and your patients need to know Dr. Nancy Baxter
10 – 10:15 a.m. Break  
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. What’s new in kidney transplant research Dr. Darren Yuen
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Women’s issues in kidney transplantation Dr. Monica Farcas
11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Hematology issues in kidney transplantation Dr. Katerina Pavenski
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Patient panel  Moderator: Kevin Bradley, RN
12:15 – 12:55 p.m. Lunch and booths  
Breakout sessions
1 – 1:30 p.m. Session 1  
Room 136 The “inside out” of kidney transplant referrals Meriam Jayoma, RN, Michelle Gabriel, RN, Suela Cela, RSW
Room 211 Decision coaching for living donor kidney transplant options Maureen Connelly, RN, Kevin Bradley, RN
Room 216 Failing transplant: transitioning back to dialysis and tapering immunosuppression Sarah Mattok, RN, Francine Kwee, RPh
1:35 – 2:05 p.m. Session 2  
Room 136 The “inside out” of kidney transplant referral Meriam Jayoma, RN, Michelle Gabriel, RN, Suela Cela, RSW
Room 211 Peeing away sugar: A smart way to treat diabetes after kidney transplant? Tess Montada-Atin, NP
Room 216 Ethical concerns for pre- kidney transplant patients with ESRD: A social worker’s perspective Courtney Sas, MSW RSW MBE
2:05 – 2:20 p.m. Break  
2:20 – 2:50 p.m. Metabolic syndrome and kidney transplantation Dr. Ramesh Prasad
2:50 – 3:20 p.m. When is nephrectomy needed before kidney transplantation? Dr. Kenneth Pace
3:20 – 3:30 p.m. Closing remarks, raffle Galo Meliton, RN

Symposium presentation slides from 2016 symposium

Modality debate: renal transplant vs. dialysis – Dr. Jeff Zaltzman / Dr. Phil McFarlane
Explore Transplant: an Ontario perspective – Dr. Istvan Mucsi
Introduction to the Kidney Paired Donation Program – Michael Garrels and Maureen Connelly
Highlights of new Canadian Blood Services Living Donation Standards – Dr. Robert Richardson
Commercial transplant update – Dr. Ramesh Prasad
ABO incompatible direct kidney donation update – Galo Meliton