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The Alliance Conversation Series
Donation After Circulatory Death in Heart Transplant: The Case for Normothermic Regional Perfusion

Presented on: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

The Alliance Conversation Series brings you cost-free, fast-paced collaborative opportunities that highlight successful donation and transplantation practices across the country. Through shared insight, multidisciplinary experts identify solutions to critical challenges affecting the community of practice and actively share them for open discussion and broader knowledge of effective practices.

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Sessions are designed to be approximately 30-45 minutes in length and encourage real-time feedback and participation from viewers.

Overview: Using DCD hearts has the potential to greatly expand the number of donated hearts shorting the wait times and providing more life-saving transplants for people critically in need of a transplant. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VCMU) uses a normothermic regional perfusion system to reanimate hearts prior to transplanting them and is one of five centers participating in clinical trials in DCD hearts.

Dr. Shah, VCMU’s professor and Chair of Cardiac Surgery, will provide the early experience of DCD and the feasibility of DCD hearts.

  • Provide historical context on both DCD and DBD donors
  • Describe the early experience of DCD at Vanderbilt
  • Provide framework to for future work and considerations
Ashish Shah, MD
Ashish Shah
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
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Karen Lord
New England Donor Services

Transplant Center Professionals, Organ Procurement Organization Professionals, Quality Improvement Professionals and Leadership, OPO and Transplant Center Leadership, Directors, Managers, Clinicians, Front-line staff and Individuals interested in improving relationships between OPO and Transplant programs.

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