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.
MD, PhD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Heersink School of Medicine, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Babak Orandi attended the University of Michigan, where he was enrolled in the Inteflex Integrated Premedical/Medical Program. He lived in Nicaragua from 2005-2006 under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship. He also obtained a master’s degree in clinical research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and spent a year at the National Institutes of Health as a clinical research training program fellow before graduating from medical school with an M.D. with Distinction in Research. He completed his general surgery residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he also completed a Ph.D at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research has largely focused on incompatible kidney transplantation and antibody-mediated rejection. His work has been published in the American Journal of Transplantation, Transplantation, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and the Journal of Vascular Surgery. He recently completed an abdominal transplant surgery fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco.
MBChB, MSC, FRCP, FRCPath, PhD, Full Professor of Experimental Pathology, School of Medicine, University College Dublin
Professor Carel le Roux (MBChB, MSC, FRCP, FRCPath, PhD) graduated from medical school in Pretoria South Africa, completed his Senior House Officer training at Barts and The London Hospital, his SpR training in metabolic medicine at the Hammersmith Hospitals and his PhD at Imperial College London. He was appointed as Senior Lecturer and promoted to Reader in 2009 at Imperial. He accepted a Chair as Head of Pathology at University College Dublin in 2011. He received the President of Ireland Young Researcher Award from Science Foundation Ireland, a Clinician Scientist Award from the National Institute Health Research in the UK and a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellowship amongst others. His translational research on the understanding of the physiological role and pathological changes in appetite control and the impact of bariatric surgery on diabetes has been widely acknowledged.
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