The SPLIT Annual Meeting will present the latest data and research addressing the central need in clinical pediatric liver transplant focusing on living donor liver transplant from leading experts and opinion leaders from across the world.
Understand the use of living donor liver transplant in pediatrics around the globe
Know the benefits and implications of pediatric living donor liver transplant
Learn about the impact of living donor liver transplant from the donor and family perspective
After Completing Paediatric Hepatology and Gastroenterology training in UK, Moved to south India and set up a new unit to support Paediatric Liver transplant services at The Gleneagles Global Hospital, Chennai. With in four years of inception the unit became the largest Pediatric liver transplant unit in India. In 2015, Dr Naresh Shanmugam was promoted as Clinical Director for Institute of Advanced paediatrics where he was instrumental in setting up comprehensive pediatric multiorgan transplant program. In 2018 he moved to Dr Rela Institute & Medical Centre, Chennai, India a newly built multi-speciality hospital and set-up the Women & Children division including multiorgan transplant program. In 2019 , With more than 100 paediatric liver transplants/ year the Paediatric liver transplant program at Dr Rela Insitute & Medical centre has become one of the largest Paediatric transplant program in the world.
Academics : Has more than 100 publications in Indexed journals .4 textbooks
Gilda Porta, Brazil
Megan Adams, United States
10:40-12:00 | Session 2 – Benefits of Pediatric Living Donor Liver Transplant
Moderators: Catherine Chapin and Andy Bonham
Immune Tolerance / Immunosuppression Benefits of Living Donor Liver Transplant
Stuart J. Knechtle, M.D. is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine and serves as Executive Director of the Duke Transplant Center. He graduated from Princeton University and obtained is M.D. from Cornell University. He trained in surgery at Duke, and in transplantation at University of Wisconsin. He was the Ray D. Owen Professor of Surgery at University of Wisconsin and then Transplant Chief at Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He returned to Duke in 2015, and his research studies B cell immunity in transplantation.
Jessica Callear was the living donor to her daughter Hazel who was born with Biliary Atresia. Hazel was transplanted at 10 months of age at Nemours in Wilmington, Delaware and continues to follow with their program. Jessica became a member of PFEP in hopes to continue to help improve the care of pediatric liver transplant families. In addition, she also works in a clinical setting as a coordinator and provider in a bariatric medicine and surgical program where she is also working to improve the health of those with obesity.
Dr. Cara Heuser is a maternal fetal medicine and complex family planning specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a two-time non-directed organ donor and has a particular interest in transplant and pregnancy. She is a mother of two teenagers.