Heather O’Dell holds a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Her clinical practice began in transplant hepatology, hepatobiliary surgery, and liver transplant post-surgical care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Knowing early on she wanted to commit her career to this patient population she pursued a Master of Management in Healthcare (MMHC) from Vanderbilt University Owen School of Management. She continues her clinical practice operations for liver and kidney transplant, as well as living donor programs at VUMC. She is also engaged in ongoing research efforts related to hepatitis C infected and exposed donor organs, organ utilization, and organ allocation.
The ongoing disparity between the number of candidates on the national waitlist and the number of organs being transplanted continues to be a critical issue for the transplant community. This has resulted in innovative organ offer approaches and practices to expand the donor pool through inclusion of organs that would otherwise be discarded. This webinar will focus on the use of donors identified with a transmissible infection specifically, HIV and Hep C positive organs.