About the Symposium

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The Symposium on Obesity and Transplantation provides a unique forum for convening a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, researchers and allied health professionals (i.e., social workers, nutritionists, dieticians) in the fields of kidney transplantation and obesity as well as patients with obesity awaiting kidney transplantation for research development. The symposium will afford an opportunity for attendees to hear about and learn from patients on the waitlist for kidney transplantation, but struggling to lose the weight needed to receive a transplant, and to present and engage in discussions on the latest outcomes and interventions data in kidney transplantation for patients with varying levels of obesity.

Keynote Speakers

Babak John Orandi

MD, PhD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Heersink School of Medicine, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Carel Le Roux

MBChB, MSC, FRCP, FRCPath, PhD, Full Professor of Experimental Pathology, School of Medicine, University College Dublin

Planning Committee Members

Heather Gardiner, PhD, MPH (Chair), Associate Professor and Director of the Office of Community Engaged Research and Practice, College of Public Health, Temple University

Serban Constaninescu, MD, PhD, Professor, Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University Hospital

Matthew Fasbinder, Patient Partner

Avrum Gillespie, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University Hospital

Karen Greathouse, RD, Transplant Dietician, Chair of the Council of Renal Nutrition, University of Michigan Health System

Rohit Soans, MD, Associate Professor and Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University Hospital

Colleen Tewksbury, PhD, MPH, RD, CSOWM, LDN, Bariatric Program Director, Penn Medicine

Megan Urbanski, MSW, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Surgery, Emory University

Marielle Van Thuyne, Director Programs, National Kidney Foundation Serving Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey


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