Liver Transplantation and Surgery SIG & Surgery and Liver Transplantation Cmte: Combined Organ Transplants
Recorded On: 11/10/2018
This program will review the current status of liver transplantation in the setting of combined organ transplants (i.e., liver/intestine/multi-visceral, liver/ kidney, liver/heart and liver/lung transplantation). Indications, pathophysiology, operative management, post-transplant care and outcomes will be discussed in the context of specific extra-hepatic organ dysfunction and combined organ transplantation. The session will also address the immunologic, ethical, financial and operational issues associated with multi-organ transplant as well as integration of these combined organ transplants in the overall liver allocation framework.
Richard Shane Mangus
Patrick S. Kamath
Josh Levitsky, MD, MS is currently a Professor of Medicine and Surgery in the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Levitsky received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He then completed an Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals and a Transplant Hepatology fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, receiving an AASLD Fellowship Award. At Northwestern, he completed a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation. He is currently certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology.
Dr. Levitsky’s academic interests are clinical and translational in nature, with a focus on liver transplant immunosuppression, tolerance and biomarkers. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, book chapters and reviews on topics relevant to liver disease and transplantation. He is a Deputy Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation. He is the principal and co-investigator for a number of NIH, pharmaceutical and investigator-initiated trials. At Northwestern, he is currently the Gastroenterology Program Director and Director of Liver Research. He has been elected to the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators and has received several teaching awards.
Dr. Levitsky is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Transplantation, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and the International Liver Transplantation Society. He was previously a Councilor-At-Large for the American Society of Transplantation from 2014-2017. He was a prior chair of the American Transplant Congress, recent co-chair of AST’s CEOT meeting and is the current co-chair of the AST Education Committee. One of his passions is trainee education, establishing the AST Comprehensive Trainee Curriculum and regularly participating in the yearly Fellow’s Symposium. Dr. Levitsky’s dedication to the field of transplantation and AST includes all facets of clinical care, advocacy, research and education.
Julie K. Heimbach, M.D., is a Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Division of Transplantation Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is currently on the council of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons; and recently served a member of the Governing Board of the AASLD and as chair of the Liver and Intestinal Transplant Committee of UNOS. She also serves as associate editor of AJT and Journal of Hepatology. Her interests are in liver transplantation in the setting of malignancy, particularly hilar cholangiocarcinoma, as well as the management of obesity in liver transplantation and living donor transplantation.