Joint TTS-SPLIT Webinar Series on Pediatric Liver Transplantation

TTS and SPLIT have teamed up to present webinars on pediatric liver transplantation.



Speaker: Stacee Lerret
Associate Professor
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Moderator: Michelle Nadler
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
The participant will identify the impact of clinical research on patient outcomes in the area of transition from hospital to home and chronic illness care for parents of pediatric solid organ transplant recipients.


  1. Associations between hospital processes and post-discharge outcomes.
  2. Challenges experienced by families of children with complex medical conditions as they transition home from the hospital.
  3. Strategies to improve the discharge transition for transplant families.

Stacee Lerret's Biography:

Stacee Lerret is an Associate Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin and has worked at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Milwaukee as the nurse practitioner for the liver transplant program for the last 18 years.

She completed her baccalaureate degree in Biology from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Knowing that pediatric medicine was her passion, she completed her Masters in Nursing from Marquette University. Her interest in scientific discovery to support patients and families following liver transplant led her to pursue a doctoral degree. Stacee received a PhD in nursing from Marquette University in 2010. Her program of research focuses on the transition from hospital to home and chronic illness for parents of pediatric solid organ transplant recipients. She is currently funded by the NIH and conducting a randomized controlled trial evaluating use of a family centered self-management intervention to improve access to care and post discharge outcomes for family members (e.g. mothers, fathers, grandparents) of children that receive a solid organ transplant.

She has published as well as spoken locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to pediatric solid organ transplantation. She was a co-editor of the Core Curriculum for Transplant Nurses 2nd edition textbook published in 2016. She also received one of the highest honors for a nurse when she was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2017. To date she has just over 30 publications and is the immediate past president of NATCO The Organization for Transplant Professionals.

Finally, she is most importantly a proud member of SPLIT since 2003.

Michelle Nadler's Biography:

Michelle Nadler is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with the Liver and Kidney Transplant Programs at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Michelle started as a graduate nurse in 1987 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital where she has continued her career in nursing for the past 33 years. She completed her baccalaureate degree in 1991, the same year she joined the Liver and Kidney Transplant Team as a Transplant Nurse Coordinator. After completing her Masters Degree in Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, she transitioned into her current role as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for the Liver and Kidney Transplant Programs in 2000.

Through her love of liver transplant as well as transplant education, Michelle has been actively involved in the pediatric liver community throughout her career. She has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on various topics in pediatric liver transplant. She has been a past board member of the Mid-America Division of the American Liver Foundation and has also been a member of the International Pediatric Transplant Association (IPTA). She remains an active member in the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) since 1999, including her local ITNS Gateway Chapter, where she has previously served as Chapter President and Co-Chair for their ITNS Gateway Chapter Transplant Symposium. She was also part of the local planning committee hosting the international ITNS Symposium “Gateway to Excellence” in 2008. Michelle joined the SPLIT community in 1999 and has served in multiple roles including Chair of the Transplant Coordinators/Allied Health, Allied Health Representative on the Executive, Council and Education Committees.

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2020

TITLE: Discussion on SPLIT Registry Analysis Demonstrating Improved Outcomes for Liver Transplantation in Patients with Biliary Atresia Since PELD Implementation

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Discussant: Sarah A. Taylor, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition)
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL, USA
Moderator: Manuel Rodriguez-Davalos, MD, FACS
Medical Director, Living Donor Liver Transplantation Program
Intermountain Medical Center
Surgical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplantation
Primary Children's Hospital - Intermountain Healthcare
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
TTS and SPLIT have teamed up to present webinars on pediatric liver transplantation. Since its inception in 1995, SPLIT steadily grew into an established collaborative, integrated infrastructure and community with synergistic platforms in research, education, patient advocacy, mentorship, quality improvement and clinical care. Over the years, SPLIT’s primary goal of improving outcomes for children who have undergone liver transplantation were powered via pharmaceutical (SPLIT 1.0), United States National Institutes of Health Grant (SPLIT 2.0), and self-funded (SPLIT 3.0) strategies. As the SPLIT Executive Council looked toward the future, it became clear that joining forces with a self-governing society with vast administrative and infrastructural support such as TTS would ensure the next chapter of SPLIT (4.0) to achieve and excel in SPLIT's targeted mission to improve the lives of children who require liver transplantation.


  1. Understand changes in disease severity of patients with biliary atresia awaiting liver transplantation
  2. Describe current risk factors affecting post-transplant patient and graft survival in biliary atresia and how these have evolved over time
  3. Understand the factors that influence risk stratification for deceased technical variant grafts in patients with biliary atresia 

Sarah A. Taylor's Biography:

Dr. Sarah Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a physician-scientist with an interest in pediatric liver disease and liver transplantation, and a research focus on the immune mechanism of neonatal liver disease. Her particular areas of research have included gestational alloimmune liver disease (GALD) and biliary atresia (BA). Through clinical research on outcomes in GALD and laboratory research on the mechanism of disease, her group has made a significant impact that has advanced the care of infants and mothers affected by GALD. Dr. Taylor's current translational research is directed at gaining a deeper understanding of the immune mechanism of BA, in particular the role of macrophages in disease progression after diagnosis with the ultimate goal to develop new treatment strategies. Clinically her area of focus is on pediatric liver disease and liver transplantation. She is passionate about improving care for our patients and seeks to use her research findings to improve patient outcomes.

Manuel Rodriguez-Davalos' Biography:

Manuel Rodriguez-Davalos, Medical Director, Living Donor Liver Transplantation Program, Intermountain Medical Center and Surgical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplantation, Primary Children's Hospital, Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. Rodriguez-Davalos has previously held positions in transplant at Yale University, Mount Sinai Medical Center and New York Medical College.

He is committed to innovation and collaboration to improve organ donation, transplantation and allocation systems to benefit those in need, especially children. He has particular interest in living donor transplants, organ allocation, and portal hypertension.

His current research involves living donor liver transplantation the use of partial grafts and extended criteria for donation in liver transplantation, and preservation techniques for decreasing ischemia-reperfusion injury.

He has served on numerous liver transplantation advisory boards and was a member at large of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS ) Liver Committee and as well as the pediatric transplantation committee. He is part of the publications committee with IPTA, Education committee of TTS, Associate editor of our journal “Transplantation”, Task force for liver allocation with SPLiT and oversees the International Liver Transplant Society Pediatric Liver Transplant Registry.

He received his medical degree from the Anahuac University. He did a year of research in portal hypertension and hepatobiliary surgery at the National Institutes of Health System in Mexico. He was a surgical intern at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and completed his surgical training at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ. He was a clinical fellow in multi-organ transplant surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center.



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