Elena Cavazzoni

State Medical Director
NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service
Cumberland Campus Staff Head Shots 2018

Brief Bio

Dr Elena Cavazzoni started her training in paediatrics in the United Kingdom and completed her training in paediatric intensive care in Australia. She is a senior staff specialist in paediatric intensive care at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and has been the co-State Medical Director for the New South Wales Organ and Tissue Donation Service since 2014.

She has a significant interest in palliative care, organ donation, complex communication, and medical education. Her research interests include organ and tissue donation, liver transplantation, haematology and transfusion medicine, and neurocritical care. She is a senior clinical lecturer for the University of Sydney and has been involved in developing the Paediatric BASIC course, Paediatric Neurocritical Care: Beyond BASIC course, Critical Conservation in PICU course and helps facilitate the core Family Donation Conversation workshop.

Primary Patient Group Both

Primary Areas of Expertise Procurement

Primary Organs of Expertise All Organs

Alliance Presentations

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Preventing Pediatric Liver Waitlist Deaths: A Call to Action!

Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 3:00pm

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.

The sessions encourage real-time feedback and participation from viewers.

Overview: Children, especially those under 5 years of age, have the highest death rate on the transplant waiting list compared to any other age range. Countries like UK and Australia have been able to almost eliminate waitlist death of children through a combination of centralization of liver transplant services and an intention to split policy. In the US, despite the organ donation rates per million population exceeding that of the UK or Australia, deaths on the waiting list remains high. Pediatric liver transplantation waitlist mortality is a solvable problem, with the solution likely reachable by multiple pathways. An analysis led by University of Pittsburgh and collaborators from the Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation (www.starzlnetwork.org) suggests that greater use of partial liver transplants, either from a living donor or by splitting a deceased donor’s liver for two recipients, could save many of these young lives.

In this session, we will explore successful Australian pediatric liver transplant policy and practices and discuss opportunities for improvement in the US to achieving zero wait list mortality with ideal outcomes

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