2017 Transplant Patient Summit
Through the years, the AST has worked diligently to provide an educational and friendly forum for all transplant professionals to advance the field of transplantation and improve patient care. To maximize our organization’s reach and continue to pursue our society’s mission to promote research, education, advocacy, and organ donation, the patient perspective proved to be invaluable to our efforts.
As a new initiative for 2017, AST’s leadership worked directly with patients and live donors by hosting the Transplant Patient Summit, which took place at the Mayflower Hotel on October 23-24, 2017 in Washington, DC.
How was the Summit?
The first Transplant Patient Summit, to put it simply, far exceeded our expectations. We were able to bring together over 170 individuals including transplant recipients, living donors, donor families, caregivers, partner organization representatives, pharma reps and transplant professionals. Our hope was to bring together a transplant community with open and honest discussions about what the journey is like from each group's perspective to better help us understand what's important from their perspectives. By raising the voice of the transplant community, we came out of the meeting energized and as excited as ever to push forward in our advocacy and research efforts with the help of our community.
Share the Experience
View the talk shared by the Washington State Congressional Representative, the Honorable, Jaime Herrera Beutler: https://youtu.be/runqcWkCrY8?
View the heartfelt closing speech from AST President, Dr. Ronald Gill: https://youtu.be/runqcWkCrY8?t
What can we do now?
Get out there and advocate! We've put together some information below to help you get started. Be sure to tune back regularly to check-out updates.
- Check out our Advocacy 101 documents
- Learn about what AST has been up to on Capitol Hill with our Washington Round-up
- Learn about AST position statements on current legislation
- Contact your representatives
Keep in touch to hear more about our plans for TPS 2018!
For live streaming of the event, click here.
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If you have any questions, ideas, or would like to see additional information posted, please contact AST's Patient Engagement Program Manager, Mrs. Rae Massi, by email (rmassi@myAST.org) or by phone (856-642-4404).
Thank you for your generous support!