The Society of Pediatric Liver Transplantation alongside The Transplantation Society is excited to be hosting the 2020 Annual SPLIT conference virtually as a one-day interactive symposium on October 1, 2020.


10:00 - Welcome Messages

Marcelo Cantarovich, TTS President
Vicky Ng, SPLIT President

10:05 - Session 1

Dania Brigham, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado
Vicky Ng, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children

10:05 - UPDATE on SARS-CoV2 and impact on the Pediatric Liver Transplant Population
Marian G Michaels, Professor Pediatrics and Surgery, Co-Director Pediatric Transplant Infectious Diseases, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

10:30 - SARS-CoV2 infection in children with liver transplantation and native liver disease: the SPLIT/NASPGHAN international registry study
Noelle Ebel, Assistant Clinical Professor, Stanford University

10:45 - COVID case studies: The NY experience
Steven Lobritto, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

11:00 - Questions and Answers

11:15 - Session 2

James Squires, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh
Samar Ibrahim, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic
Beau Kelly, Surgical Director, DCI Donor Services

11:15 - Challenges in Liver Transplant for Small Babies
Maria B. Majella Doyle, Professor of Surgery, Section of Abdominal Transplant, Washington University School of Medicine

11:35 - ABO Incompatible Pediatric Liver Transplant
Blayne Amir Sayed, MD PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto, Staff Surgeon, SickKids and Toronto General Hospital

11:55 - Surveillance Biopsies:  Are they Useful?
John Bucuvalas, Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs, Icahn school of medicine at mount sinai and kravis childrens hospital

12:10 - Questions and Answers

12:30 - Session 3

Henry Lin, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, OHSO
Simon Horslen, Professor of Pediatrics Seattle Children’s and The University of Washington

12:30 - 4th Year Advanced Hepatology and Liver Transplant Fellowship Update: A Survey of Recent Graduates
Amy Feldman, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado

12:45 - Treatment Response of Pediatric Patients with CD8+ T Cell Indeterminate Hepatitis and Acute Liver Failure:  A 7-Year Institutional Review
Katelyn Saarela, Pediatric transplant hepatology fellow, Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington School of Medicine

12:55 - High Mortality in Pediatric Liver Transplant Candidates with Sarcopenia
Julia Boster, Transplant Hepatology Fellow, University of Colorado

13:05 - Living Donor Liver Transplant and Intention to Use Segmental Grafts Increases Transplant Rates and Decreases Waiting Time at a Single Institution
Fidel Lopez-Verdugo, Research Fellow, Primary Children's Hospital

13:15 - Questions and Answers

14:00 - Session 4

Amy Feldman, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado
Evelyn Hsu, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s and The University of Washington
Dana Mannino, Nurse Practitioner, Nemours

14:00 - Hepatopulmonary Syndrome and Treatment in the Peri-transplant Period
Megan Adams, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado
Katherine Sweeny, Transplant Hepatology Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital

14:20 - Questions and Answers

14:35 - Business Meeting

Vicky Ng, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children
Beau Kelly, Surgical Director, DCI Donor Services
Pamela Valentino, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine

  • SPLIT Registry Update
  • President Update – Highlights of 2020
  • By-Law Revisions 
  • Q&A
  • Closing Comments

We would like to thank our sponsors:


We would like to thank our committee members who worked hard to put together what promises to be a busy and interesting programme!


Ductopenic Rejection:  Immunosuppression and Infections
Habash et al.
Characteristics, Risk Factors and Outcomes of Neutropenia for the First Year After Orthotopic Liver Transplantation in Children
Jarasvaraparn et al. 
A Community Divided:  Post-Liver Transplant Live Vaccine Practices Amongst Society of Pediatric Liver Transplantation (SPLIT) Centers
Kemme et al.
Measles and Varicella Seroprevalence Among Pediatric Liver Transplant Patients: A 10-year Single Center Review
Liman et al. 
Children with Acute on Chronic Liver Failure or High Native MELD/PELD Scores Have Higher Waitlist Mortality and Lower Transplant Rates
Mataya et al. 
Cost-effectiveness of Primary Liver Transplantation versus Hepatoportoenterostomy in the Management of Biliary Atresia
Raghu et al. 
Neuro-cognitive and Growth Delay in Infants and Children with End-stage Liver Disease Prior to Liver Transplantation is Associated with Myopenia After Liver Transplantation
Wong et al. 
Variations in Living Donor-Recipient Relationships by Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipient Race, Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status in the USA
Yoeli et al. 
SPLIT Liver Transplant in a Combined Adult and Pediatric Transplant Program
Botha et al.
Living Donor Liver Transplantation Versus Deceased Donor Liver Transplantation:  A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Pediatric Recipient Outcomes
Barbetta et al. 
Characterization of the Macrophage Immune Response to Biliary Obstruction in a Novel Murine Model of Neonatal Bile Duct Ligation
Antala et al.



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