Henry Ford Transplant Institute Scientific Symposium

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As the most comprehensive transplant program in Michigan, Henry Ford has been forging the way in transplants since 1968. View the presentations from our scientific symposium, covering transplantation of the liver, kidney, heart, lung, pancreas, bone marrow stem cell, intestine and multivisceral organs.

Discover the latest treatments, techniques and trends that will give new hope to tomorrow’s transplant patients.


Premier Sponsors of the Symposium

  • Novartis

  • Gilead


Program Presentations

  • Welcome
    Marwan S Abouljoud, M.D., FACS, CPE, MMM 
    Benson Ford Chair, Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery 
    Director, Henry Ford Transplant Institute
  • "Demystifying UNOS: What’s new and avoiding “FOMO”"      
    Yolanda T Becker, M.D., FACS, FAST        
    Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplant      
    University of Chicago           
    Immediate Past President, United Network for Organ Sharing
  • "Clinical Translation of Xenotransplantation"  
    Joseph J Tector, M.D., Ph.D.
    Director, Xenotransplant Program
    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
  • “The Challenges of Infectious Complications of Organ Transplantation”
    Michael G. Ison, M.D., M.S., FIDSA FAST    
    Professor, Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Organ Transplantation Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Chicago, Illinois
  • "Marijuana in Organ Transplantation: It's Complicated"  
    Michelle Jesse, Ph.D., Henry Ford Health System
    Kelly Bryce, Ph.D., Henry Ford Health System

Breakout Sessions

Liver, Intestine, Kidney, Pancreas Transplant

  • "Machine Perfusion: good or overkill?"
    Mike Rizzari, M.D., Henry Ford Health System
  • "Machine perfused kidneys: The University of Miami Experience"
    Mariella Goggins, M.D., University of Miami Health System
  • "Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Updates and Options"
    Reena Salgia, M.D., Henry Ford Health System

  • "Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation: State of the Art"
    Richard Shane Mangus, M.D., Indiana University Health


Heart and Lung Transplant

  • "Miracle on Main Street… Heart and Lung Transplantation in the Modern era"
    Robert Higgins, M.D., MSHA
    , Johns Hopkins Medicine

  • "Under pressure: State of the Art Diagnosis and Management of PH in 2018"                         
    Sarah Hegab, M.D., Henry Ford Health System

  • "The ABCDqs of Antibodies in Transplant Recipients"   
    Gabriel Maine, Ph.D., Henry Ford Health System

  • "Modern Treatment of Last Century's Bones"    
    Sudhaker D. Rao, M.D., Henry Ford Health System
  • "Keeping your skin in the game: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management of Skin Cancers in the Immunosuppressed"   
    Holly A Kerr, M.D., Henry Ford Health System
  • "Don’t Bug me: Update on vaccinations, procedural prophylaxis"
    George Alangaden, M.D., Henry Ford Health System


Stem Cell Transplant

  • “Where does CAR T cell Therapy fit in relation to Stem Cell Transplant”
    Edward Peres.M.D., Henry Ford Health System
  • “Nuiances in the treatment of Graft Vs Host Disease”    
    Shatha Farhan, M.D., Henry Ford Health System
  • "Post Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disease"
    Josephine Emole, M.D., Henry Ford Health System
  • "Increasing role of Mid-Level Providers in Stem Cell Transplant"
    MaryAnn Trapp P.A, Henry Ford Health System
    Elizabeth Henne P.A, Henry Ford Health System
    Sara Szymanski N.P., Henry Ford Health System
    Kenneth Ruemenapp P.A., Henry Ford Health System


Social Work

  • “Is my patient ready for kidney transplant”? 
    A social work primer
    Jackie Roman, MSW, Henry Ford Health System

  • "Implications of narcotics use in the pre-heart transplant patient"
    Ginger St. John, MSW, Henry Ford Health System

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