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UNOS Transplant Management Forum speaker highlights

Look who’s talking at the 2018 UNOS Transplant Management Forum (TMF).

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Interactive Lunch and Learn Opportunity – Your data at your fingertips… how UNOS and SRTR tools can help
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in Grand Ballroom A

Bring your lunch and laptop for an interactive learning session with senior SRTR and UNOS staff. We will highlight many powerful tools designed to help transplant centers inspect, visualize, and interact with their data to ensure the accuracy of aggregate reporting of their center’s activity and performance in Program Specific Reports, Benchmark Reports, and other OPTN database research. We will describe best practices for using these tools, answer questions and gather feedback on future data products. This session will be most productive if attendees confirm access to the UNOS Data Services Portal in UNetSM and SRTR Secure Site before the session

Bob Carrico. Ph.D., Assistant Director of Research / Senior Research Scientist, UNOS

Bob Carrico serves as Assistant Director of the Research Department and as a Senior Research Scientist at UNOS.  In this position, he oversees the scientific staffing and strategy of the Research Department’s statisticians, epidemiologists, and data scientists.  Bob has more than 6 years of experience at UNOS performing statistical analysis for varying groups including the OPTN Thoracic, Pancreas and Membership and Professional Standards Committees.  His role of Senior Research Scientist requires expertise to execute, design, and direct varying scientific projects at UNOS requiring experience in transplant related data, analytical conventions, and current topics in transplant research.


Jon J. Snyder, PhD

Director of Transplant Epidemiology

Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation

Jon Snyder, PhD, serves as the Director of Transplant Epidemiology for the Chronic Disease Research Group of the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF). He has been with MMRF for 18 years working in the field of solid organ transplantation and has operated the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients since 2010. He is a member of the American Society of Transplantation and The Transplantation Society, and he serves on the Board of Directors of Donate Life America and the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance. He was the recipient of the 2014 Executive Director’s Award given by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations. He has co-authored more than 80 publications and is currently an associate editor of Transplantation. Dr. Snyder earned his Doctorate in Epidemiology and his Masters in Biostatistics from the University of Minnesota, where he also holds an adjunct faculty position in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health.


Sarah Taranto, Manager, Data Analytics

Sarah Taranto is the Data Analytics manager in the UNOS Research Department and has been at UNOS for 20 years.  During that time, her responsibilities have included oversight of the UNOS data request system and analytical support to the Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory and International Relations Committees. In her current role, she works to enhance the transplant community’s access to valuable and timely data reports and visual analytics through standard data requests, the new UNET Data Services portal, and providing new and improved services to OPTN members through UNOS Analytical Services.





The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Transplant Regulatory Update

You don’t want to miss this talk! Peggye Wilkerson, Director Division of Continuing Care Providers for CMS will discuss changes in CMS policies over the past 2 years. She will share with us anticipated changes in the survey process that will go into effect in January of 2019.

 Peggye Wilkerson, Director, Division of Continuing Care Providers, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Baltimore, MD

Peggye has been a federal employee since 1985. She has 16 years of survey experience (Federal and State), experience in medical review, and provider enrollment. She is currently the Division Director, Division of Continuing Care Providers for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Expediting Organ Placement and the Tools to Do So

Jennifer Prinz

Jennifer Prinz, RN, B.S.N., M.P.H., CPTC, CTBS

This session will highlight some of the ongoing work by the OPTN/UNOS Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) Committee to improve


Robert McTier, B.A.

the efficiency of organ placement. This includes recent policy changes approved by the Board of Directors in December 2017 as well as ongoing policy development to address the expedited placement of organs.

UNOS IT has put increased focus on providing tools and enhancements to assist the community in becoming more efficient in their day to day work. Come and learn about UNetSM enhancements including:

  • Offer Filters – a tool to allow transplant hospitals to screen offers more precisely
  • Sharing Medical Images in DonorNet®
  • Tracking/Notification of Post-recovery Test Results

Also learn about UNOS Innovation Events and how you can become involved.

Translating a Trillion Points of Data into Therapies, Diagnostics, and New Insights into Precision Transplantation Care

There is an urgent need to take what we have learned in our new “genome era” and use it to create a new system of precision medicine, delivering the best preventative or therapeutic intervention at the right time, for the right patients.   Dr. Atul Butte, MD, PhD, has a lab at the University of California, San Francisco, that builds and applies tools that convert trillions of points of molecular, clinical, and epidemiological data — measured by researchers and clinicians over the past decade and now commonly termed “big data” — into diagnostics, therapeutics, and new insights into disease. Several of these methods or findings have been spun out into new biotechnology companies.

Dr. Butte, a computer scientist and pediatrician, will highlight his lab’s recent work, including the use of publicly-available molecular measurements to find new uses for drugs including the following:

  • Finding new therapies for autoimmune diseases and cancer,
  • Discovering new druggable targets in disease,
  • Evaluating patients and populations presenting with whole genomes sequenced,
  • Integrating and reusing the clinical and genomic data that result from clinical trials,
  • Discovering new diagnostics including blood tests for complications during pregnancy, and
  • Learning how the next generation of biotech companies might even start in your garage.

In particular, Dr. Butte will describe the public data resources in the NIAID ImmPort available to study immunology and transplantation.

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