News

07.31.2017 – Patient Safety

Congrats to NUTORC Director, Dr. Daniela Ladner on her PCORI Pipeline to Proposal Tier III Award, titled: National Patient Community, Caregiver and Advocacy Group Directed Strategies to Lead Comparative Effectiveness Research for Liver Cirrhosis.

07.13.2017 – Risk Predictors

Predicting heart events after liver transplant? The first app to predict which patients will die or be hospitalized from cardiovascular complication post-transplant developed by our very own Dr. Lisa VanWagner! The score enables healthcare providers, caregivers and patients to estimate 1-year risk for cardiovascular complications after liver transplantation. Read more or check out the app.

07.07.2017

Eight way kidney swap by our amazing transplant team at Northwestern Medicine!  Check out the story here.

06.30.2017 – Medication Adherence

Congratulations to Dr. Daniela Ladner and Dr. Mike Wolf on their recently awarded NIH R01 grant titled, Transplant Regimen Adherence For Kidney Recipients by Engaging Information Technologies : The Take It Trial

Congratulations to those that presented at this year’s American Transplant Congress conference in Chicago, IL

Watch Dr. Daniela Ladner  NUTORC Director, present on Trans-disciplinary Research at the Northwestern University Institute for Public Health and Medicine. 

Congratulations to our 2015 summer students on their completion of the Comprehensive Transplant Center Summer Student Immersion Program!

Dr. John Friedewald, co-chair of the Access & Allocation Workgroup talks about the new kidney allocation system on CBS Chicago, Organ Transplant Changes Reduce Wait Times for Kidney Patients.

The Comprehensive Transplant Center Summer Student Immersion Program has been featured in the Feinberg School of Medicine News Center. Read the story, Exploring Outcomes, Bioengineering and Immunology in Organ Transplantation!

Congratulations to Michael G. Ison, MD, MS and Amanda Rosen for receiving the poster of distinction award for their work, Utilization and Characteristics of Pancreas and Simultaneous Kidney – Pancreas Donors and Utility and Outcomes of Expanded Screening Among Live Solid Organ Donors, at the American Transplant Congress May 2-6, 2015.

On November 21st, second-year medical students presented at the  Area of Scholarly Concentration Student Research Poster Session. Congratulations to Ania Bilski, Chris Feng, Mia Helfrich, Blake Platt, and Amanda Rosen, who were among the students that participated.

Congratulations to David Hensler, PharmD, “Effect of an Automated Electronic Medical Record-Based, Pharmacist-Driven Valganciclovir Dose Optimization Program in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients“,  Lisa M. McElroy, MD, “Towards a More Uniform Classification of Patient Safety Events in Solid Organ Transplantation: Applying the World Health Organization International Classification for Patient Safety”  and  “Longer Cold Ischemic Time in Nighttime Procurements Results in Worse Outcomes for Liver Transplant Recipients” and Nicole Beauvais, PA-C, MMS Impact of Live Organ Donor Screening on Donation Yield:  A Single Center Retrospective Assessment” for being recognized as Posters of Distinction – representing one of the top 10% of abstracts accepted to World Transplant Congress.

Congratulations to Lauren Lee who received a Young Investigator Award for her abstract, Norovirus Infection in the Solid Organ Transplant Recipient at the World Transplant Congress.

Congratulations to all the presenters from the Comprehensive Transplant Center at the 2014  World Transplant Congress in San Francisco, July 26-31st.

Congratulations to David Hensler, PharmD,Effect of an Automated Electronic Medical Record-Based, Pharmacist-Driven Valganciclovir Dose Optimization Program in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients“,  Lisa M. McElroy, MD,Towards a More Uniform Classification of Patient Safety Events in Solid Organ Transplantation: Applying the World Health Organization International Classification for Patient Safety”  and  “Longer Cold Ischemic Time in Nighttime Procurements Results in Worse Outcomes for Liver Transplant Recipients” and Nicole Beauvais, PA-C, MMS Impact of Live Organ Donor Screening on Donation Yield:  A Single Center Retrospective Assessment” for being recognized as Posters of Distinction – representing one of the top 10% of abstracts accepted to World Transplant Congress.

Congratulations to Lauren Lee who received a Young Investigator Award for her abstract, Norovirus Infection in the Solid Organ Transplant Recipient at the World Transplant Congress.

Congratulations to all the presenters from the Comprehensive Transplant Center at the 2014  World Transplant Congress in San Francisco, July 26-31st.

Congratulations to Elisa Gordon, PhD on her accepted abstract at the World Transplant Congress in San Francisco. Dr. Gordon’s work, ” A Website for Hispanic/Latinos about Living Donation and Transplantation: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Increased Knowledge” was ranked in the top 100 scored abstracts at the WTC.”

Congratulations to  Lisa McElroy, MD for being selected to participate in the 2014 Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) supported by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, July 21-25, 2014.

Congratulations to Lisa VanWagner, MD, MS  for receiving the 2014 AASLD Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship.

Congratulations to Peter Dorschner who was awarded the 2014 Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship.

On April 11th, 2014 Lisa VanWagner, MD, MS presented at the 49th International Liver Congress for her workEarly Cardiovascular Disease Mortality after Liver Transplantation — Is Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) to Blame? in London, UK.

On January 30th, 2014 Drs. Ladner and Woods, the Principal Investigators of the NIDDK funded R01 study “A2ALL- Patient Safety System Improvements in Living Donor Liver Transplantation” convened the Second A2ALL Safety Learning Collaborative. A multi-institutional team of clinicians (nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists), researchers, and process experts from four leading transplant centers (Northwestern University, Lahey Clinic, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Columbia University) came together to design pre-operative OR setup improvement solutions to enhance patient safety for living liver donors.

The American Society for Transplantation has recently launched a Community of Practice (COP) for Psychosocial Providers and Researchers.The AST Psychosocial Community of Practice (PSCOP) is a multidisciplinary group of AST members who are involved in the assessment and care of the organ recipient and living organ donor throughout the transplant process. The PSCOP will also represent researchers who are interested and involved in psychosocial research in organ transplantation. The PSCOP will work to promote best practices for the psychosocial evaluation and care of potential and actual organ recipients and donors through advocacy, support and development of activities that will enhance the quality, effectiveness and integrity of psychosocial care.

Membership is FREE for AST members and we offer a 1 year FREE trial membership for non-AST members! You can easily join our community by providing your information via this survey: Join PSCOP!

Congratulations to the Comprehensive Transplant Center for performing their 1500th transplant!

Congratulations to Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA (Principal and Coordinating Investigator), Gregory Dumanian MDSally Jensen PhDJason Wertheim MD, PhD (Program Directors), who were awarded a grant from the McCormick Foundation titled “Operation RESTORE (Rehabilitative Evaluation, Surgery and Transplant Options for Restoration) at Northwestern Medicine: Establishing a Comprehensive Clinical and Scientific Program in Reconstructive Transplantation for Veterans and Wounded Inhabitants of the Great Lakes Region. “ This project will enable NMH to launch a set of initiatives geared at developing an exemplary soft tissue transplant program at NMH. Dr. Sally Jensen will lead the project to develop and examine the initial validity of a standardized, methodologically-rigorous, patient-centered QOL assessment tool for potential RT recipients, using previously established measurement development methodology. Dr. Jensen is a Research Assistant Professor in Medical Social Sciences and Surgery-Organ Transplantation. Additionally, Dr. Jensen is a member of the Quality of Life Workgroup of the Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC) to foster multidisciplinary patient-centered research.

Congratulations to Zeeshan Butt, PHD who was was awarded an R03 grant by the NCI titled “Improving Longitudinal Quality of Life Assessment in Hepatocellular Carcinoma.” Dr. Butt is licensed clinical psychologist provides psychological evaluation and treatment in our Comprehensive Transplant Center. His research focuses on the development and application of patient reported outcomes (PROs) in the post-surgical context, with specific emphasis on organ donation and transplantation. Additionally, Dr. Butt leads the Quality of Life Workgroup of the Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC) to foster multidisciplinary patient-centered research to provide research mentorship to postdoctoral fellows in this area. He is also the Co-Chair of the Health-Related Quality of Life Group of the NIH A2ALL study, providing leadership in the assessment of living liver donors’ well-being across 9 transplant centers.

Congratulations to Elisa Gordon, PhD, MPH, who along with her colleague David Pearlman, was awarded a small grant by the American Anthropological Association, titled “Research Ethics Learning Modules for Medical Anthropology and Ethnography.” Dr. Gordon is a Research Associate Professor for the Center of Healthcare Studies and Department of Surgery, Division of Organ Transplantation at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and co-leader of NUTORC’s Informed Consent & Disparities team. She is also the Principal Investigator of the HRSA grant “Evaluation of a Culturally Competent Website on Living Kidney Donation for Hispanics.”

The NUTORC Aging and Transplantation Workshop was held on Tuesday April 16, 2013. Drs. Sara CzajaPhilip Harvey, and David Loewenstein, faculty from the Center on Aging at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami were in attendance, along with Northwestern University clinicians, faculty, and researchers. The workshop’s purpose was to discuss the National Institute of Aging’s recent RFA on “Solid Organ Transplantation: Older Donors and Recipients.

Luke Preczewski, previous Administrative Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center, was awarded Best Overallfor his abstract, “Building a Collaborative Program in Transplant Related Health Services and Outcomes Research” at the 2013 UNOS Transplant Management Forum. The abstract focused on the start and continued growth of NUTORC. .

Are Living Liver Donors at Risk from Life-threatening “Near-miss” Events? A study published in the March issue of Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, reports that donor mortality is about 1 in 500 donors with living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Research of transplant centers around the world found that those with more experience conducting live donor procedures had lower rates of aborted surgery and life-threatening “near miss” events. Continue.

Congratulations to Lisa VanWagner, MD, MS for receiving the Scott Grundy Award for Excellence in Metabolism Research, which is to be presented during the Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions for her research entitled “Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Subclinical Atherosclerosis: Analyses from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study.” Dr. VanWagner is an F32 research fellow in the Department of Preventive Medicine and focuses her work on understanding the role of liver disease in the development of cardiovascular disease and its subsequent impact on liver transplantation outcomes.

Congratulations to Lisa McElroy, MD for her abstract titled ‘Examining the Influence of Biopsy on Organ Utilization in a Single OPO’ for winning a Top Poster of Distinction Award at the American Society of Transplant Surgeon’s 13th Annual State of the Art Winter Symposium “Success at the Margins.” Dr. McElroy is a T32 postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University and focuses her work on patient safety in transplantation.

Congratulations to Joe Feinglass, PhD, who received a Program in Public Health Teaching Excellence Award for his course on Health Services Research Design. Dr. Feinglass is a Research Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Healthcare Studies. He has over 20 years of experience in health policy, quality improvement, health disparities, medical informatics, patient safety, and social epidemiology research.

On January 24th, 2013 Drs. Ladner and Woods, the Principal Investigators of the NIDDK funded R01 study “A2ALL- Patient Safety System Improvements in Living Donor Liver Transplantation” convened the first A2ALL Safety Learning Collaborative. A multi-institutional team of clinicians (nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists), researchers, and process experts from four leading transplant centers (NMH, Lahey, VCU, and Columbia) came together to design two interventions to improve patient safety for living liver donors.

Congratulations to Elisa Gordon, PhD, MPH, who was awarded an R21 by the NIH/NIDDK Grant titled “Optimizing Kidney Transplant Patient’ Informed Constant for Increased Risk Donors.” Dr. Gordon is a Research Associate Professor for the Center of Healthcare Studies and Department of Surgery, Division of Organ Transplantation at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and co-leader of NUTORC’s Informed Consent & Disparities team. She is also the Principal Investigator of the HRSA grant “Evaluation of a Culturally Competent Website on Living Kidney Donation for Hispanics.”

Congratulations to Zeeshan Butt, PHD who was recently promoted to Associate Professor in the Departments of Medical Social Sciences, and Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Butt is licensed clinical psychologist provides psychological evaluation and treatment in our Comprehensive Transplant Center. His research focuses on the development and application of patient reported outcomes (PROs) in the post-surgical context, with specific emphasis on organ donation and transplantation. Additionally, Dr. Butt leads the Quality of Life Workgroup of the Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC) to foster multidisciplinary patient-centered research to provide research mentorship to postdoctoral fellows in this area. He is also the Co-Chair of the Health-Related Quality of Life Group of the NIH A2ALL study, providing leadership in the assessment of living liver donors’ well-being across 9 transplant centers.