A Hefty Problem in Transplant: The Obesity Epidemic

Thursday, April 23, 2020
3:00-4:00pm ET/ 12:00pm - 1:00pm PT         


With the obesity epidemic on the rise, there is a looming question of how this will impact the world of transplantation. The concern lies in both the potential recipients and donor pools. Indications for transplant, quality of organs, and safety of living donation all hinge on the management of weight. Join us to hear from two industry experts as they collaboratively address the obesity epidemic in its entirety. To start, we’ll hear from Dr. Kalia who will speak to the increasing incidence of Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis and its impact on the makeup of the liver waitlist and the ability to find acceptable organs from both deceased and living donors. Lastly, we’ll hear from Dr. Popov who will share her expertise on endobariatric surgery as it relates to transplant patients. She will review the different procedures available, selection of appropriate candidates for these interventions, and how they can be applied to the transplant world.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the relationship between the obesity epidemic and increasing prevalence of NASH.
  • Summarize the projected change in the makeup of the liver waitlist.
  • Identify the different types of endobariatric interventions.
  • Apply methodologies shared to determine the appropriate candidates for various interventions.


  • Harmit Kalia, MD
  • Violeta Popov, MD
  • Maryanna Tosi, RD, CDN, CNSC (Moderator)

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Target Audience:
Members of the donation and transplantation community serving diverse populations to include administrators, coordinators, physicians, nurses, surgeons, managers, quality improvement specialists, social workers, and other donation and transplantation center professionals and their colleagues.

Continuing Education:
CEPTC - The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance is offering 1.0 Category I CEPTC credit from the American Board for Transplant Certification. Certified clinical transplant and procurement coordinators and certified clinical transplant nurses seeking CEPTC credit must complete the evaluation form within 30 days of viewing the recording.

Nursing - The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance is offering 1.0 hour of continuing education credit for this offering, approved by The California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17117. 


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  • Thursday Apr 23 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM