IPTA Allied Health Professional Committee

Mission Statement, Goals and Initiativess


The Allied Health Professionals Committee (AHPC) aligns its mission with that of IPTA to advance the science and practice of pediatric transplantation and to improve the health of all children who require transplantation through the various subspecialties of this group, including nursing, nutrition, psycho-social health, developmental, physical and occupational therapies and pharmaceutical management. Under the auspices of IPTA, the AHPC is dedicated to promoting advances in these inter-professional specialties to improve outcomes for all children who receive transplants and their families and to advocate for their rights as transplant candidates and recipients.


As a committee within IPTA and in conjunction with IPTA, the AHPC aims to:

  • Promote an international network of allied health professionals dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of pediatric transplantation.
  • Promote a comprehensive, collaborative and inter-professional approach to achieve the best quality of life and psychosocial outcomes for pediatric transplant recipients.
  • Promote research within the multidisciplinary inter-professional team specialties and provide opportunities to disseminate allied health research and programming.
  • Serve as a unified voice for the unique needs of pediatric transplant candidates, recipients and their families within IPTA, our transplant centers, and the community.
  • Actively participate and foster greater involvement in IPTA allied health educational opportunities and programming.

AHPC Initiatives:

  1. Allied Health Professional (AHP) Membership and Focus Survey

    In the summer of 2017, current and non-IPTA members were invited to complete a membership and focus survey. Responses were received from 48 AHPs representing a variety of inter-professional disciplines. Those who were not IPTA members stated they were unaware of IPTA and the benefits of membership. The most common topics of interest were family and sibling issues, adolescent issues, neurodevelopmental/cognitive issues, transition to adult care and nonadherence. The respondents would like to receive information through interactive conference workshops, written information and webinars. Respondents were most interested in developing clinical guidelines on transplant topics, initiating AHP research projects, submitting a publication on a collaborative health topic and promoting initiatives to increase AHO membership in IPTA. Results of the survey continue to be used to build programs and guide AHP initiatives.

  2. Allied Health Professional page on IPTA website

    In association with The Transplantation Society’s (TTS) update of the TTS website, the AHC is revising and expanding the AHP page on the IPTA website to include a mission statement, a description of the AH community in transplant and their specific roles in caring for pediatric transplant patients, committee initiatives, membership benefits, quotes from members and how to become a member. A link for networking and the ability to post questions to AH members will also be included.

  3. Joint publication by the Allied Health Committee members

    The AHC is in the process of developing an article for publication in Pediatric Transplantation on an agreed upon topic. Potential topics include adherence, transition, or a case study with inter-professional input.

IPTA Allied Health Professional Committee

Co-Chair Anna Gold, Toronto, Canada This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Co-Chair Jenny Wichart, Calgary, Canada This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Member Christine Divens, Pittsburgh, USA  
Member Yuko Hamasaki, Tokyo, Japan  
Member Debra Lefkowitz, Philadelphia, USA  
Member Catherine Patterson, Toronto, Canada  
Member Diana Shellmer, Pittsburgh, USA  
Member Jo Wray, London, UK  
Council Liaison Louise Bannister, Toronto, Canada  

Past Chairs

Co-Chair Louise Bannister, Toronto, Canada
Co-Chair Beverly Kosmach-Park, Pittsburgh, USA

There has never been a better time to become an Allied Health member of the International Pediatric Transplant Association (IPTA)!

The Allied Health Committee of IPTA is a dynamic group of transplant professionals in nursing, psychology, social work, child life, rehabilitative therapies and pharmacy that significantly contributes to the organization’s mission through their diverse roles and experience in pediatric transplantation. The committee focuses on uniting the allied health community in providing educational and networking opportunities; developing educational tools for patients, families and staff; designing and participating in research activities; and creating a forum to exchange clinical experiences in pediatric transplantation worldwide.  Membership and active participation in all that IPTA has to offer is an excellent way to contribute to the field of pediatric transplantation while continuing to develop and enrich your career in transplantation.

Please consider becoming an Allied Health member of IPTA. We are excited to announce that dues for 2018 have been reduced!! A one-year membership is now $100 USD and a two-year membership is $190 for Allied Health professionals. Save some time and money with the two-year membership offer.

In addition to reduced membership fees, there are lots of other important reasons to become an Allied Health member of IPTA!

  • Networking:
    There are many opportunities to network and develop mentor/mentee relationships with other IPTA allied health members as well as other team members in the organization. Networking opportunities include:
    • The IPTA online member directory
    • Symposium networking events focused on Allied Health
    • Committee participation
    • List-serve participation with questions specific to pediatric transplantation
  • Committee Participation:
    Become involved in one or more of IPTA’s very active committees for even more networking and educational opportunities. There are several to choose from including: Allied Health, Membership, Ethics, Education, Infectious Disease, Outreach, and Publications and Communications. The committees communicate through regularly scheduled conference calls, emails, and meetings at the Congress.
  • Educational opportunities:
    Up-to-date pediatric educational opportunities from the top leaders in the field of pediatric transplantation
    • Online subscription to the IPTA Journal: Pediatric Transplantation
    • Discounted journal subscription rates for Transplantation Proceedings and Transplantation Reviews
    • Biennial Fellows Workshop (open to all members)
    • Access to the IPTA 2017 Congress recordings.
    • Reduced Congress registration fees for the 2019 Congress in Vancouver.
    • Trainees and Allied Health members are eligible to apply for travel awards for the biennial Congress.
  • Newsletter:
    The IPTA quarterly newsletter that includes:
    • Case studies dealing with key ethical issues to spark awareness, education and discussion
    • Literature reviews
    • Committee initiatives and updates
    • and so much more!
  • A $50 discount off The Transplantation Society (TTS) dues when paying IPTA and TTS dues at the same time.

Become a leader in the field of pediatric transplantation by your active involvement in the International Pediatric Transplant Association!

The AHP Multidisciplinary Team

Allied Health Professionals within the transplant team include a variety of clinical and psychosocial professionals. Our membership includes nurses (staff RNs and Advanced Practice), transplant coordinators, dietitians, social workers, psychologists, child life specialists, pharmacists and occupational, physical and speech therapists. Although core role descriptions may be similar internationally, there is also wide variability that occurs because of the needs of the transplant center, hospital policies, individual practice, and the experience of the AHP.

Our AHP members play a vital role throughout the transplant process in working with the child, their family and the community. An interview with a transplant allied health professional will be posted each month on this site to provide opportunities to network with members, understand the depth and breadth of the various AHP roles, and to stimulate ideas for your own practice in pediatric transplantation.

2019 Schedule of Allied Health Providers

April Bev and Chris CNS
May Diana and Debra Psychology
June Louise Dietitian