Early Career Members Committee Quick Clip Interviews

Members of the ECMC conduct interviews with members of the transplant community about current events, career development and other relevant topics.

Career Discussion - Roslyn Mannon and Deirdre Sawinski

ECMC member Deirdre Sawinski discusses with Roslyn Mannon about her career and her advice for young members of the Women in Transplantation community.

Dr. Roslyn Mannon

Professor of Medicine Associate, Chief for Research, Division of Nephrology, Vice Chair of Research Mentoring and Academic Development, Department of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, USA; Chair, Women in Transplantation Initiative of TTS

Dr. Deirdre Sawinski

Assistant Professor of Medicine (interim),
Weill Cornell Medical College Assistant Attending Physician NewYork-Presbyterian New York, New York, USA
Bio - Dr. Roslyn Mannon
Dr. Roslyn Bernstein Mannon is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Vice-Chair for Academic Development and Research Mentoring and Associate Chief of Nephrology for Research, and Chair of the Women in Transplantation Initiative of The Transplantation Society. Dr. Mannon is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and American Society of Transplantation. She received her MD from Duke University, completing Internal Medicine internship, residency and Nephrology fellowship and Chief Resident at Duke. Her career includes serving as Medical Director for the Kidney/pancreas NIDDK intramural transplant program and at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and Section Chief of Transplant Nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Mannon is a past-president of the AST and is a Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Transplantation. Dr. Mannon’s laboratory research focuses on mechanisms of chronic graft injury using in vitro and using rodent models of drug toxicity and kidney transplantation and is funded by the Veterans Administration Merit Award. Dr. Mannon is site PI for the Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation (CTOT), a member of the CTOT Steering Committee and Chair of the Ancillary Studies Committee for APOL1 Long-term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes Research Network (APOLLO). She also serves as a member of the steering committee for the Transplant Therapeutics Consortium, a private/public partnership with cPATH and FDA dedicated to accelerating new transplant therapies into practice. She has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed publications on the mechanisms of chronic allograft failure following transplantation and post-transplant complications and therapeutics.
Bio - Dr. Deirdre Sawinski

Dr. Sawinski is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a transplant nephrologist, epidemiologist and clinical researcher. Her research interests include the care of patients with chronic viral infections, living donors and optimizing organ allocation. She is proud to be a member of the TTS and the Early Career Members' Committee.

Virtual Coffee with the Experts - Jennifer Li and Maarten Naesens

ECMC committee member Jennifer Li discusses career advice with Maarten Naesens.

Professor Maarten Naesens

Full Professor of Medicine, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation at KU Leuven University
Clinical Director of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation Unit of the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium

Jennifer Li

Nephrologist, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, University of Sydney
Editorial Fellow with Transplantation
Member, early career researcher committees with TTS and TSANZ
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Bio - PROFESSOR MAARTEN NAESENS

Professor Maarten Naesens

  • Full Professor of Medicine, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation at KU Leuven University
  • Clinical Director of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation Unit of the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium
  • Clinician-scientist with an interest in harnessing the potential of big data and bioinformatic approaches to improve outcomes in transplantation.

Prof. Dr. Maarten Naesens is Clinical Director of the Nephrology and Renal Transplantation unit of the University Hospitals Leuven. He is co-directing the kidney transplant program, with special focus on renal allograft histology, antibody-mediated rejection, HLA sensitization, living donation and ABO-incompatible transplantation. He directs the protocol biopsy program of the University Hospitals Leuven and the “Biobank Renal Transplantation” at this same institution. He is appointed Full Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation at the KU Leuven, University of Leuven.
In his translational research performed at this institution, he integrates clinical, histological, genetic and gene expression data, to get an integrated view on the determinants of rejection, inflammation, and histological damage progression of renal allografts and late graft loss. Prof. Maarten Naesens was principal investigator of the FP7 project “Biomargin” of the European Commission, focusing on biomarker research for kidney transplantation by using omics strategies and systems medicine, and of several government-funded research projects in this domain. He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts in international journals, amongst others in New Engl J Med, J Exp Med, Sci Transl Med, Nature Comm, J Am Soc Nephrol, Transplantation, Am J Transplant and Kidney Int and Transplant International.
 He has established collaborative projects and networks with multiple European and American research centers. He has received investigator awards from the European Society of Organ Transplantation, from the American Transplant Society and from The Transplantation Society. He is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Transplant International, the official journal of the European Society of Organ Transplantation.

Bio - Jennifer Li

Dr Jennifer Li


Deirdre Sawinski and Camille Kotton - Career Discussion

ECMC committee member Deirdre Sawinski discusses with Camille Kotton about her career path, COVID-19 and advice for those looking to find their niche in transplantation.

Camille Nelson Kotton MD, FIDSA, FAST

Infectious Disease Specialist
Clinical Director Transplant and immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA, USA

Deirdre L. Sawinski

Assistant Professor of Medicine (interim),
Weill Cornell Medical College Assistant Attending Physician NewYork-Presbyterian New York, New York, USA
Bio - Camille Nelson Kotton

Camille Nelson Kotton MD, FIDSA, FAST is the clinical director of the Transplant Infectious Disease and Immunocompromised Host Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. She was chair of The Infectious Disease Community of Practice of The American Society of Transplantation (2012-2018). From 2007-2013, she was the president of The Transplant Infectious Disease Section of The Transplantation Society. Highlights of her time as president include the development of international guidelines on CMV management after solid organ transplant, published in Transplantation (2010, 2013, 2018). She is the first transplant infectious disease specialist to be a councilor of The Transplantation Society (2020). Her clinical interests include cytomegalovirus, donor-derived infections, zoonoses, and travel and tropical medicine in the transplant setting. She is a new member of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and is involved in national decisions regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Kotton is a past member of the Disease Transmission Advisory Committee of The United Network for Organ Sharing, and has expertise in donor derived infections.

Bio - Deirdre L. Sawinski

Dr. Sawinski is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a transplant nephrologist, epidemiologist and clinical researcher. Her research interests include the care of patients with chronic viral infections, living donors and optimizing organ allocation. She is proud to be a member of the TTS and the Early Career Members' Committee.

Jacqueline Garonzik Wang and Brian Boyarsky - Results from the ongoing Johns Hopkins SARS-CoV-2 Studies

Drs. Jacqueline Garonzik Wang and Brian Boyarsky will be discussing results from the ongoing Johns Hopkins SARS-CoV-2 National Vaccine Safety and Immunogenicity Study in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients. The Epidemiology Research Group in Organ Transplantation (ERGOT) at Johns Hopkins led by Dorry Segev is leading a national study to quantify SARS-CoV-2 vaccine safety and immunogenicity in solid organ transplant recipients.

Brian Boyarsky, MD PhD

Research Fellow & General Surgery Resident, Department of Surgery
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Jacqueline Garonzik Wang, MD PhD

Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program
Director of Training and Education, Epidemiology Research Group in Organ Transplantation
Department of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Bio - Brian Boyarsky

Dr. Boyarsky, who earned his MD from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is a general surgery resident at Johns Hopkins. During his academic development time, he earned his PhD in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public. One of his major accomplishments was writing the HOPE Act, which paved the way for HIV-to-HIV positive transplantation in the United States.

Bio - Jacqueline Mary Garonzik Wang

Jacqueline Mary Garonzik Wang, M.D., Ph.D. is the Program Director, Multi-Organ Transplant Fellowship and Associate Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins. Her expertise is General Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Kidney Transplant, Liver Transplant and Pancreas Transplant. Her research interests are exploring and developing methods to increase living donation; utilizing large healthcare datasets to improve access to transplantation and post-transplant outcomes; increasing deceased donor transplant rates by safely expanding organ acceptance criteria.


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