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  • 3D Medical Printing in Reconstructive Procedures

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this session, we will review practices in 3D printing for reconstructive procedures from the perspective of an orthopedic surgeon.

    In this session, we will review practices in 3D printing for reconstructive procedures from the perspective of an orthopedic surgeon. 

    Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA, FAOA

    Co-Chief Foot and Ankle Division Professor at Duke University, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Partner, North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic Adjunct Faculty, Fuqua Business School

    Dr. Parekh’s research and clinical interests include 3D printing of bones, total ankle replacements, foot and ankle injuries of athletes, minimally invasive foot and ankle trauma surgery, tendon injuries of the foot and ankle, and the adoption and development of novel technologies in foot and ankle surgery. He has been an active speaker at regional, national, and international meetings, helping to teach other orthopaedic surgeons about best practices and novel techniques for the care of foot and ankle patients.

    In January of 2010, Dr. Parekh and his wife organized and established the only orthopaedic foot and ankle conference dedicated to foot and ankle surgery in India. The meeting was held in Mumbai. An international faculty, including four US surgeons, accompanied Dr. Parekh. These US surgeons were able to operate on needy patients in India while teaching over 100 Indian orthopaedic surgeons different techniques in foot and ankle surgery. This has become an annual tradition for the Parekhs in India.

    Dr. Parekh’s personal website is www.seleneparekhmd.com. At this website, you will find patient friendly animations and educational materials. Dr. Parekh blogs on orthopaedic injuries of high profile athletes. You can read this on his website and follow his blog on @seleneparekhmd.

    Dr. Parekh has worked closely with industry partners to develop and improve many innovative products, instruments, and devices currently used in orthopaedics.

    Dr. Parekh has been recognized as one of North Carolina’s Best Doctors annually since 2009. 

  • 2021 Group Webinar Subscription

    Contains 43 Product(s) 1 new product(s) added recently

    Take advantage of the AATB Organization Subscription and Single Sessions providing unlimited access to all staff for the entire year of educational programming

    With the Webinar Subscription Program, you and your staff will have year-round access to subject matter experts and industry-leading education delivered right to your desk, conference room or smart phone. 

    Start Learning More Throughout the Year. The Webinar Subscription Program gives you and your entire company access to 40 60-minute webinars a year and addresses key areas such as regulatory updates, surgical application, donor screening, and regulatory pathways. This content has been developed to support the diverse roles, and experience levels of the tissue community. 

    What's Included in the Subscription

    • Company-wide access to 40 live presentations
    • Recorded, on-demand access to each program
    • Educational credits including CTBS, CEBT, RN and more!

  • 2021 Individual Webinar Subscription

    Contains 42 Product(s) 1 new product(s) added recently

    ​Take advantage of the AATB Annual Subscription providing individual access to the entire year of educational programming With the Webinar Subscription Program, you can now have year-round access to subject matter experts and industry-leading education delivered right to your desk, conference room or smart phone.

    Take advantage of the AATB Annual Subscription providing individual access to the entire year of educational programming

    With the Webinar Subscription Program, you can now have year-round access to subject matter experts and industry-leading education delivered right to your desk, conference room or smart phone. 

    The Webinar Subscription Program gives you and your entire company access to 40 60-minute webinars a year and addresses key areas such as regulatory updates, surgical application, donor screening, and regulatory pathways. This content has been developed to support the diverse roles, and experience levels of thr tissue community. 

    What's Included in the Subscription

    • Access to 40 live presentation
    • Recorded, on-demand access to each program
    • Educational credits including CTBS, CEBT, RN and more!
  • AATB Membership Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/18/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    During this program, Nick Navarro, with Biologos, LLC, and Michael Gilbert, with CryoLife, Inc., will discuss AATB individual memberships. Nick and Michael will discuss how to be heard and be active by joining AATB committees and councils, an overview of these groups, and videos shared by members of their experiences as AATB members. The Co-Chairs of the AATB Membership Committee, Mark DeFilippis, and Patrick Abdel Messih will participate in a live Q & A session at the end of the presentation.

    During this program, Nick Navarro, with Biologos, LLC, and Michael Gilbert, with CryoLife, Inc., will discuss AATB individual memberships. Nick and Michael will discuss how to be heard and be active by joining AATB committees and councils, an overview of these groups, and videos shared by members of their experiences as AATB members.

    The Co-Chairs of the AATB Membership Committee, Mark DeFilippis, and Patrick Abdel Messih will participate in a live Q & A session at the end of the presentation.

    Mark DeFilippis, MBA, CTBS

    Director, Tissue Operations Center, New England Donor Services

    Mark is the Director of the Tissue Operations Center at New England Donor Services and is responsible for the 24-hour operations center. Mark has been with New England Donor Services for over fifteen years, he has served in the Quality Department as well as in the Operations Center determining donor eligibility and working with families to obtain authorization. Mark is the co-chair of the Membership Committee, he is currently the Secretary of the RADE Council as well a member of The AOPO Tissue Council. Mark  is a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist.

    Michael Gilbert, MBA, CTBS

    Technical Trainer

    Michael E. Gilbert, MBA, CTBS is a Technical Trainer, Donor Services with CryoLife. He is a 2010 graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor Degree in Sport Management, and a 2012 graduate of Shorter University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Michael obtained his CTBS designation in 2006, and is also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician with the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 

    Michael began working at CryoLife in 2004, after transitioning from a career in the Fire/EMS industry. He started as a Donor Services Coordinator in the Donation Support center where he would screen donors with the Recovery Partners. After about a decade in the role (with increasing responsibilities) he was promoted to his current position as a Technical Trainer. As a Trainer, Michael has held workshops with Recovery Partners across the country, focusing on cardiovascular tissue recovery techniques. 

    ​Patrick AbdelMessih, BS, CTBS, CEBT

    Patrick AbdelMessih is Vice President of Recovery Operations for Birth Tissue Donor Services of Tennessee, a mission-driven organization that acquires birth tissue to help those in need of transplantable grafts.

    Patrick has been in the tissue banking industry for over 25 years. He started in eye banking and eventually moved into cadaveric tissue, overseeing operations for a large OPO in Tennessee for almost a decade before moving into his current role in birth tissue.  

    Patrick has been involved in multiple AATB workgroups and contributed to the recently updated physical assessment in the current edition of the published AATB standards. He is currently co-chair of the AATB Membership Committee.  

    Patrick received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Virginia. He is certified as an Eye Bank Technician through The Eye Bank Association of America and as a Tissue Bank Specialist (AATB).

    Nick Navarro

    Nick has spent the majority of his career working for or with accredited tissue banks. For the last five years, Nick has served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Biologos. Where he has had the unique opportunity to partner with many tissue processing teams around the country. He is excited to be a part of the Membership Committee and the Living Donor Council. He is also a proud tissue recipient and appreciates the incredible gift of donation!

  • AATB Standards Updates: December, 2019

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will review updated to AATB Standards for Tissue Banking and NADO Standards as published in July, 2019.

    This presentation will review updated to AATB Standards for Tissue Banking and NADO Standards as published in July, 2019. 

    Alyssa Harrison, CTBS

    Alyssa Harrison serves as the Director of Tissue Services at LifeShare of Oklahoma. Prior to this she served as the Executive Director of United Tissue Network. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Adult Education from the University of Central Oklahoma as well as a Master of Business Administration from Washington State University. Alyssa has gained extensive knowledge of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), Uniform Anatomical Gift Act and funeral home rules and regulations to ensure United Tissue Network not only meets but exceeds in all standards. Alyssa currently sits as the Chairperson of the Non-Anatomical Donation Organization (NADO) Council for AATB and is very active in the NADO industry including helping improve regulation standards, legislation activities and educational objectives.

    Anna Tirrell, BS, CTBS

    Anna Tirrell, BS CTBS: Vice President - Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs. Birth Tissue Recovery, LLC. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    Anna began her tissue banking career more than ten-years ago processing amniotic membrane allografts.  Since then she has expanded her roles and responsibilities to include successfully guiding 510k medical device clearance, CE mark, and quality system design.  She has extensive experience with FDA and ISO, quality system build-up, and industry knowledge.  She is an AATB-Certified Tissue Bank Specialist and serves the Association as a member of the Standards Committee.  Anna is dedicated to, and passionate about, educating others about the benefits of human tissue donation,

  • A BioSkills Lab Presenting Split Thickness Skin Recovery

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This program will demonstrate best practices in the recovery of skin in a wet lab setting. This program will include core elements of skin recovery including mapping the skin donor, maintaining a 4” width of skin graft, monitoring thickness for processor specifications, best practices for difficult recovery sites, and the importance of the assistant. Please note: this program includes live-streamed video content that may not work on all devices. If you have trouble viewing the session, you can click the "Presentation Only" and then the "Presentation with Q & A" to participate in the question and answer segment.

    This program will demonstrate best practices in the recovery of skin in a wet lab setting. This program will include core elements of skin recovery including mapping the skin donor, maintaining a 4” width of skin graft, monitoring thickness for processor specifications, best practices for difficult recovery sites, and the importance of the assistant.

    Please note: this program includes live-streamed video content that may not work on all devices. 

    If you have trouble viewing the session, you can click the "Presentation Only" and then the "Presentation with Q & A" to participate in the question and answer segment. 

    Codi Stewart, CTBS

    As Exsurco’s leader of their Amalgatome devices, Codi helps burn clinicians solve challenges in excision and skin grafting.  Codi is available to assist surgical and burn centers in clinical evaluations, data collection, training labs and to provide support during burn and trauma procedures.

    Codi has performed over 2,000 tissue recovery procedures resulting in life-saving allografts used in burn and trauma, cardiac and vascular applications.  He is sitting for the Certified Wound Care Specialist (CWS) this summer, adding that certification to his credentials. 

    Adam Stewart, CTBS

    Adam helps maximize clinician experience with the Exsurco’s burn and surgical applications.  He leads training labs for our customers, conducts in-services, attends initial cases, assists in clinical evaluations of the system, works closely with Sterile Processing Departments and compiles documentation to support Value Analysis requirements. 

    Adam has recovered over 16,000 life-saving skin allografts in his 11+ years as a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS).  He plans to add Certified Wound Care Specialist (CWS) to his credentials soon.

    Ryan Hendrick, CTBS

    Ryan’s passion is for training customers to ensure Exsurco products and services add value to the work they do every day.  In this role, he provides hands-on training programs, conducting in-services, providing product troubleshooting support regarding safety, handling, operation, and maintenance of the products in tissue banks.

    Ryan understands the value of fostering a team approach to recovery based on his 14 years of experience in the Tissue Banking industry.  His guidance helps significantly increase split-thickness skin recovery yields at every site visited.

    Amber F. McAfee, BS, MBA, CTBS, CWCMS, ST

    With Exsurco since its inception in 2010, Amber led the company’s growth into tissue and surgical settings to redefine excision science.  She supports Exsurco’s community of healthcare professional customers who are advancing the healing power of skin to patients who need it the most.

    Uncovering customer needs, problem-solving, and providing solutions is nothing new to Amber who started her career as a Surgical Technician and Combat Medic in the U.S. Army.  After completing active duty, she remained in the reserves and found her home in the transplant industry at Lifeline of Ohio.  Her second day on the job was the September 11th attacks on our nation and Amber knew then saving lives would become her lifelong passion.

    Amber worked with the team of engineers that developed the Amalgatome MD for skin grafting procedures in tissue donation, which since 2010 has resulted in over half a million life-saving dermal allografts for burn survivors.

    Exsurco is proud to be a partner of the Phoenix Society and The Spiegel Burn Foundation for Burn Survivors and an advocate for Tissue Donation Across America through Donate Life America and the American Association of Tissue Banks.

  • Annual Subscription Group

    Contains 48 Product(s)

    Annual Subscription Group

    Take advantage of the AATB Annual Organization Subscription providing unlimited access to all staff for the entire year of educational programming

    With the Webinar Subscription Program, you and your staff can now have year-round access to subject matter experts and industry-leading education delivered right to your desk, conference room or smart phone. 

    Start Learning More Throughout the Year. The Webinar Subscription Program gives you and your entire company access to more than 40 60-minute webinars a year and addresses key areas such as FDA inspection, surgical application, marketing trends and regulatory pathways. This content has been developed to support the diverse roles and experiences levels of this tissue community. 

    What's Included in the Subscription

    • Company-wide access to 40+ live presentation
    • Recorded, on-demand access to each program
    • Educational credits including CTBS, CEBT, RN and more!
  • Bone Quality Considerations In Structural Allograft Banking

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this session, from an engineer’s perspective, Prof. Willett will define bone quality and how it relates to the mechanical performance of cortical bone allograft. He will discuss the variability in and degradation of bone quality, particularly those independent of clinical bone mineral density measures, resulting from donor characteristics and disease states, processing, sterilization and implantation. Specific attention will be paid to the effects of gamma irradiation sterilization, recent progress in protecting the mechanical performance of cortical bone while still using conventional gamma irradiation sterilization, and opportunities and challenges for bone quality assessment in tissue banking.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Upon completion, participant will be able to define the concept of ‘bone quality’
    2. Upon completion, participant will be able to summarize some key bone quality concepts and how they relate to structural allograft mechanical performance
    3. Upon completion, participant will be able to summarize known and theorized changes in bone quality due to disease, processing, sterilization and upon implantation.
    4. Upon completion, participant will be able to describe how gamma irradiation sterilization degrades bone quality and mechanical performance and the importance of this degradation in the context of structural allografts
    5. Upon completion, participant will be able to summarize and critique recent progress in the development of means to protect the mechanical properties of cortical bone allograft while still using gamma irradiation sterilization
    6. Upon completion, participant will be able to identify opportunities and challenges for bone quality assessment in tissue banking.

    Thomas L. Willett, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering - Biomedical Engineering Program

    Thomas Willett is an Assistant Professor in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo where he directs the Composite Biomaterial Systems Laboratory and contributes to the undergraduate Biomedical Engineering program and a graduate level NSERC CREATE training program in Global Biomedical Technology Research and Innovation. He has been involved in skeletal tissue mechanics research (both soft and hard tissues) for over 15 years, starting with cartilage mechanics (MASc, Queen’s University), then damage mechanisms in tendons (PhD, Dalhousie University) and a broad range of studies in bone quality and mechanics (Mount Sinai Hospital and University of Toronto). He has conducted research in the structural allograft processing area for approximately 8 years. Current research focusses on cortical bone fracture mechanics, the factors affecting cortical bone quality and mechanical properties including processing and sterilization in tissue banking, and the development of 3D printable composite biomaterials for bone reconstruction. He has published 45 peer reviewed journal articles and his laboratory has received major funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundational for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry for Research and Innovation.

  • Brandon's Crossroads: Donor Family Story

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Brandon's mom shares his story life and giving the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

    Join us as Sharon Castellanos shares Brandons story of donation and how it impacted her as a healthcare professional. 

    Sharon Castellanos, DNP, WHNP-BC, CNS, AHN-BC

    Dr. Sharon Castellanos is an expert nurse practitioner in the field of Maternal-Fetal Medicine with a strong internal medicine background. She has spent the last 25 years as a champion in the field of diabetes, developing, implementing and deploying innovative curriculums within Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara and Kaiser San Jose. Her goal is to improve access, value and meaningful care to obstetrical patients. She recently retired from Kaiser and returned to practice within Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center, serving her community as a Maternal Fetal Medicine Nurse Practitioner. She has received many awards for her contributions in nursing clinically and within the community. Her life shifted in 2006 when she became a donor mom. This loss exposed her to the increasing health disparities around tissue and organ donation. To bridge this gap, she founded Brandon’s Crossroads Foundation Inc., a non-profit foundation whose mission is to educate adolescents on tissue and organ donation. She obtained her Doctorate from Northern Consortium of Nursing Practice, in June 2014 and has continued research in this field of tissue and organ donation education. 

  • Building And Maintaining A Healthy Tissue Recovery Program

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session recorded session was presented as a part of the 2020 Virtual QDEW .

    This session recorded session was presented as a part of the 2020 Virtual QDEW . 

    Shannon Renaud, MHA, CTBS

    Shannon has been involved in the tissue bank community since 1998. She began her work in transplant at the University of California San Francisco Tissue Bank as a tissue team leader and developing comprehensive training programs. She later moved to Arizona and worked in Quality & Regulatory Affairs for the Donor Network of Arizona. Shannon then worked at Transplant for Life, first as the Director of Quality and later as the Tissue Bank Director, where she helped develop the facility’s birth tissue program.  She currently works for Gift of Life Michigan as the Tissue Recovery Manager.  


    Shannon received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Cornell College and her master’s in health administration from Grand Canyon University.

    Emmitt Savannah, III, BS, CTBS

    Emmitt serves as Manager of Tissue Recovery and Research Training at LifeGift Organ Donation Center, providing leadership, training, and evaluation of tissue recovery for implantation and tissue for research. Emmitt also serves his colleagues by designing educational and training curricula and courses to increase staff competency and retention for the critical work performed.

    Emmitt is passionate about leadership, training, developing individuals and teams, and helping advance the programs in which they work to achieve goals. Emmitt obtained his CTBS in 2013 and has continued to progress upward positionally to his current role while learning leadership, process development, and improvement strategies.

    Before launching a career in tissue donation, Emmitt studied at the University of Houston toward a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minored in Health, where his value of science and healthcare has driven him to excel and contribute in the way he is doing so today.

  • Calculating the Cost of Quality

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session recording was presented as a part of the 2020 Virtual QDEW.

    This session recording was presented as a part of the 2020 Virtual QDEW.

    Jennifer Wesbrook, BS, CTBS

    Jennifer has been with AlloSource for 15 years and provides overall management and leadership to the Quality Control, Product Suitability & Release and Quality Management Systems departments. She and her team support the development and implementation of quality improvement initiatives and Design Control (New Product Development) at AlloSource. Under her leadership, AlloSource has developed a robust Quality infrastructure using evidence based best practices to mitigate risk and resolve process deficiencies. Jennifer is AlloSource's Management Representative and acts as liaison with the FDA, ISO, AATB and other regulatory authorities, as well as customers. 

  • Cardiac Tissue Recovery

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session provides an overview of the cardiac tissue recovery process.

    This session provides an overview of the cardiac tissue recovery process. 

    Joanna Grubman, BA, CTBS

    Donor Services Account Manager

    Jo Grubman has been working in tissue recovery since 2014, initially operating as a Tissue Surgical Recovery Coordinator and Team Leader at New England Donor Services, and later as National Trainer for LeMaitre Vascular. She is currently the National Trainer/Donor Services Account Manager for LeMaitre Vascular.

    She received her bachelor’s degree in English Language/Communications from University of Rochester, and has a background as a paramedic in Boston and the surrounding area. Her training focuses heavily on hands-on, in-person instruction, which she believes to be the most effective tool in helping those in tissue recovery learn and grow, with a secondary emphasis on creating videos, presentations, and other materials that aim to supplement hands-on case training. She also believes that trainer presence in the operating room/recovery suite setting is essential in connecting with staff and the donation community.

    Her ultimate goal as a trainer in the field of donation is to support field staff in any way possible, including assisting and training in a physical sense, but also answering questions and discussing the stresses of working in the donation field in an attempt to prevent burnout. If you have any questions regarding the materials presented here, or about tissue recovery in general, please reach out to jgrubman@lemaitre.com.   

  • COVID-19 Updates and Key Considerations

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session recording was presented as a part of the 2020 Virtual QDEW.

    This session recording was presented as a part of the 2020 Virtual QDEW.

    Roman Hitchev, MD, MPH

    VP and Chief Science Office

    Roman Hitchev, M.D., MPH, is Vice President & Chief Science Officer for the American Association of Tissue Banks. Dr. Hitchev has more than 20 years of tissue banking and procurement experience. Prior to joining AATB, Dr. Hitchev served as president and chief medical officer for Tissue Bank Osteocentre BG (OCBG), a tissue procurement organization licensed in Europe under EU Dir. 2004/23/EC. Prior to this position, Dr. Hitchev was vice president international of Osteotech Inc. (OSTE, now Medtronic) and president of Osteotech’s European subsidiary. Dr. Hitchev also served as executive director with Lions Eye and Tissue Bank and Research Foundation (Lions of Distirt 22-C) and organ procurement coordinator with the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium.

  • Current Geographically Relevant Communicable Diseases

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will review current infectious diseases, epidemics and geographically relevant communicable diseases.

    This presentation will review current infectious diseases, epidemics and geographically relevant communicable diseases.  

    Cameron R.Wolfe MBBS, MPH, FIDSA

    Associate Professor of Medicine Transplant Infectious Disease

    Dr. Wolfe is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at Duke. Dr. Wolfe is also the Chief Medical Director for Duke’s Emerging Pathogens Unit, which focuses on preparedness in the event of emerging biothreats, especially at the moment, the 2019 novel Coronavirus.  He also serves as one of the core Transplant Infectious Disease faculty.   Locally, he lectures in the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management class at the School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as at Duke University Medical School. Nationally, his expertise in the fields of transplantation and emerging infections in the immunocompromised has been recognized with appointment as the Chair of the national HHS Disease Transmission Advisory Committee from 2016-2018.

    Cameron now serves as an At-Large member of the Board of Directors of the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network.  Under his leadership, the OPTN and national organ procurement sganizations fostered the re-writing of the PHS Increased Risk Guidelines for organ donors, and re-wrote policy accounting for emerging pathogens, including Zika, ebola and MERs-CoV.    Dr. Wolfe maintains an active HIV practice and continues his clinical research, with multiple influenza and respiratory viral studies ongoing at Duke.  

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Challenging The Racialized Myth

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In May 2020, amid COVID-19, a major health pandemic, another critical world-changing event occurred in the tragic death of George Floyd. That moment changed the trajectory of our nation's conversation in how we potentially communicate with, value, and respect one another. It is also a moment where Black Lives Matter is the anthem of equity & justice in the collective voices of a multicultural generation. This conversation will frame this moment and deconstruct a few of the myths that continue to divide and harm black, brown, and indigenous bodies, and our collective humanity.

    In May 2020, amid COVID-19, a major health pandemic, another critical world-changing event occurred in the tragic death of George Floyd. That moment changed the trajectory of our nation's conversation in how we potentially communicate with, value, and respect one another. It is also a moment where Black Lives Matter is the anthem of equity & justice in the collective voices of a multicultural generation. 
     
    This conversation will frame this moment and deconstruct a few of the myths that continue to divide and harm black, brown, and indigenous bodies, and our collective humanity.



    Marion L. Shuck, MA, MPhil

    Director of Donor Family Services and Community Outreach

    Marion is the Director of Donor Family Services and Community Outreach for Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, while currently serving as President for the Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation. With over 11 years’ experience as a champion for community outreach and a passion for educating and engaging people on the importance of organ and tissue donation.  Her oversight includes the grassroots education and outreach to communities whether they are at work, play, school, church or home, as well as ensuring Family Services assists donor families with finding a “new normal” after the loss of a loved one.  As the former radio host of Let’s Talk Donation with Gift of Hope, Marion raised awareness on a local, regional and national platform to address and combat the myths and misconceptions about organ and tissue donation. Marion contributed and co-authored the research article “African-Americans' perceptions of organ donation: Simply boils down to mistrust”. She holds a Master’s of Philosophy in Management, from Walden University, a Master’s in Human Resource Management from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, a Bachelors in Leadership Studies from Kendall College and she is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Leadership and Change at Walden University. as well as, Chair of the Donate Life Illinois State Team, past Advisory Council Member for Donate Life America, past Healthcare Co-Chair for Rainbow/PUSH and Committee Member for the 7th Congressional District of Illinois Health Advisory Committee.  Marion is a courageous donor wife, and has one daughter and resides in Chicago, Illinois.

    Freda G. Sampson, MFA

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategist

    Freda G. Sampson is an advocate for justice and equality, entrepreneur, creative, and author. Her passion stems from observing her father, Rev. Dr. Frederick G. Sampson, II, who was a civil rights leader and pastor who fought for equality for all people. Witnessing that love in action has formed the direction of her personal and professional journey. A diversity and inclusion professional, Freda provides consulting, training and facilitation services to corporations and organizations throughout Michigan and Canada on diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency.

    Remonia A. Chapman, BS

    Community Outreach Manager and Director of the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program

    Remonia A. Chapman is the community outreach manager and director of the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) Gift of Life Michigan.  She is also the past national president of the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT).  Under Chapman’s leadership, Gift of Life MOTTEP and the Detroit MOTTEP Foundation have received many national awards for increasing organ awareness and donation rates in Michigan. During Chapman’s tenure with the organization, National MOTTEP has honored the Gift of Life MOTTEP as a model program because of its community collaborations, partnerships and community empowerment.  Chapman is a devoted health advocate whose career exemplifies spirituality and service. She was recently honored by the Detroit News as one of the 2018 Michiganians of the Year.

    Chapman earned a bachelor’s of science degree in biology and psychology from Wayne State University. She has also completed post-graduate health education programs at Wayne State University and Case Western Reserve University-School of Medicine. She has also completed graduate studies at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Leadership Detroit’s Class XXXIII and Harvard Divinity School Summer Leadership Institute. Remonia is an associate minister at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Charles Christian Adams, and Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams.  She is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Rho Omega Chapter, and serves on the local, regional and international levels. 

    Donyale Padgett, Ph.D

    Donyale R. Padgett is an educator and communications professional with 20 years of progressive industry experience and over 15 years of teaching experience at the college level. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Diversity, Culture, and Communication in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University (WSU), where she has worked since 2002. Professor Padgett holds a doctorate degree from Howard University in rhetoric and intercultural communication. She also holds a master’s degree in organizational communication/public relations and a bachelor’s degree in journalism – both from Wayne State University. Much of her research focuses on issues of race and culture, with particular emphasis on crises that affect marginalized and underrepresented groups. She has published numerous articles in academic journals and presents her work at regional and national conferences. She is also a very active practitioner, a sought-after speaker on topics of diversity and inclusion, and works with numerous organizations to improve communications programming and provide more inclusive workspaces.

  • Increasing Opportunities For Communication Between Donor Families And Recipients

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This engaging presentation will enlighten attendees on the true value of a donor family & recipient connection. We will explain the obstacles in place that prohibit these connections among tissue donor families and recipients. We will further describe the need to eliminate these boundaries in order to best serve our key donation stakeholders. We will review a current working donor family/recipient correspondence model. Audience members can expect to leave this presentation feeling open minded & motivated to drive a change!

    This engaging presentation will enlighten attendees on the true value of a donor family & recipient connection. We will explain the obstacles in place that prohibit these connections among tissue donor families and recipients. We will further describe the need to eliminate these boundaries in order to best serve our key donation stakeholders. We will review a current working donor family/recipient correspondence model. Audience members can expect to leave this presentation feeling open minded & motivated to drive a change! 

    Learning Objectives:

    • 1. Describe the value of donor family and recipient bonds.
    • 2. Explain current donor family and recipient communication practices. 
    • 3. Identify ways to eliminate tissue donor family and recipient connection obstacles & increase correspondence opportunities.

    Lauralee Brown, RN, MHSA, CPHQ

    Lauralee Brown joined MTF Biologics in 2001 after 10 years of working in the field of donation and transplantation. Her introduction to the field began as a critical care cardiovascular nurse caring for heart and lung transplant recipients. She then accepted a position working for LOPA as a recovery/hospital development coordinator. In 1994, she joined the Midwest Transplant Network and was promoted in 1997 to Manager of Operations with responsibilities overseeing Quality Management, Staff Development and Training, Community Education, Donor Family Services, and Special Projects. Lauralee currently serves as a senior regional director, managing client relations, overseeing donor services communication, and other projects for MTF Biologics.

    Melissa Chiumiento, BSBA

    Melissa Chiumiento is an Aftercare Specialist at New England Donor Services. She has served thousands of donors’ families over the course of her five year career. She graduated Suffolk University in Boston, MA in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. As someone who works with and for donor families every day, Melissa offers extensive knowledge and insight into the true needs and expectations of this population. She also specializes in maintaining professional relationships with local transplant centers & recipient acknowledgement/engagement with donor families.

  • Individual Annual Subscription

    Contains 44 Product(s)

    Take advantage of the AATB Annual Subscription providing individual access to the entire year of educational programming With the Webinar Subscription Program, you can now have year-round access to subject matter experts and industry-leading education delivered right to your desk, conference room or smart phone. Start Learning More Throughout the Year. The Webinar Subscription Program gives you and your entire company access to more than 40 60-minute webinars a year and addresses key areas such as FDA inspections, surgical application, marketing trends and regulatory pathways. This content has been developed to support the diverse roles and experiences levels of this tissue community. What's Included in the Subscription Access to 40+ live presentation Recorded, on-demand access to each program Educational credits including CTBS, CEBT, RN and more!

    Take advantage of the AATB Annual Subscription providing individual access to the entire year of educational programming

    With the Webinar Subscription Program, you can now have year-round access to subject matter experts and industry-leading education delivered right to your desk, conference room or smart phone. 

    Start Learning More Throughout the Year. The Webinar Subscription Program gives you and your entire company access to more than 40 60-minute webinars a year and addresses key areas such as FDA inspections, surgical application, marketing trends and regulatory pathways. This content has been developed to support the diverse roles and experiences levels of this tissue community. 

    What's Included in the Subscription

    • Access to 40+ live presentation
    • Recorded, on-demand access to each program
    • Educational credits including CTBS, CEBT, RN and more!
  • Knee Joint Preservation: Osteochondral Allografts in 2019

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this presentation, orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Grant will review his experiences in utilizing allografts in joint reconstruction and restoration procedures.

    The presentation will cover an introduction to the epidemiology, mechanisms of injury and clinical impact of cartilage injuries in young patients with non-arthritic knees. A brief overview of cartilage treatment/joint restoration/preservation options will be provided before focusing on the use and benefits of osteochondral allografts in these patients. This will include the indications, surgical techniques, and outcomes demonstrated in a case-based presentation to highlight the various options for osteochondral allograft use based on patient characteristics, defect size/location, previous treatments, concurrent joint problems, and emerging surgical technique.

    ​John A. Grant, MD, PhD, FRCSC

    John A. Grant, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Dip. Sport Med., is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon whose practice includes sports medicine and shoulder surgery with a focus on complex knee and cartilage/joint preservation surgery. He completed his PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre. This was followed by medical school and orthopaedic residency at the University of Calgary. He then came south across the border to undertake a fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the University of Michigan. Following two years of elective sports medicine practice in Canada with an appointment as an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University, he returned to join the Orthopaedic Surgery faculty at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor. In 2013, he was the Canadian Orthopaedic Association’s representative for the North American Travelling Fellowship (NATF). He is the Head Team Orthopaedic Surgeon for Eastern Michigan University Athletics and a Team Physician for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program based in Plymouth, MI. He is a member of multiple committees within the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), as well as the Director of Orthopaedic Resident Education for the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at the University of Michigan. His research interests focus on the management and outcomes associated with both cartilage and multi-ligamentous injury of the knee as well as the optimization of rehabilitation following orthopedic sports medicine procedures. 

  • Neonatal Donation – Opportunities for Families Choosing Organ and Tissue Donation

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    There remains very limited information for families who have received a fatal diagnosis for their unborn child, who choose to carry to term, and who want to consider organ and tissue donation. Over the past 10 years, more options have been available for these families for donation through medical research and, on a very limited basis, transplantation. Hear about donation opportunities and outcomes that describe the success behind the donation process, the obstacles and variables that must be considered, and the impact these special donors have had in the OPO and research communities.

    There remains very limited information for families who have received a fatal diagnosis for their unborn child, who choose to carry to term, and who want to consider organ and tissue donation. Over the past 10 years, more options have been available for these families for donation through medical research and, on a very limited basis, transplantation. Hear about donation opportunities and outcomes that describe the success behind the donation process, the obstacles and variables that must be considered, and the impact these special donors have had in the OPO and research communities.

    Gina Dunne Smith

    Gina has over 30 years working in the field of organ and tissue donation for transplant and research. Beginning her career with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) as a Senior Organ Placement Specialist for five years, Gina has spent the last 25 years with the International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM) overseeing relationships with organ and tissue recovery partners and medical researchers worldwide. She is currently the Executive Director of IIAM.  

    Gina has remained integrated with relevant industry organizations and associations, presently serving on the AATB Quality Council, AATB Education Committee, The Alliance Leadership and Innovation Council and the American Transplant Society Advisory Committee. She served on the Board of Directors for NATCO for five years and worked with AATB on numerous other committees including the Steering Committee to author the Standards for Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation. She has also authored several articles regarding the benefits of research donation for non-transplantable organs and has been a poster presenter for IIAM’s Neonatal Donor Program.

    ​Dr. Gloria Pryhuber

    Dr. Pryhuber has been a neonatologist for over 30 years, caring for newborn infants who need the support of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for the first days to months of their lives. For over 20 years, she has also been an active researcher and author in fields of human lung injury and neonatal immunology in the Departments of Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The majority of her work is focused on respiratory problems occurring in children due to prematurity, environmental exposures and infections. Dr. Pryhuber collaborates extensively with other investigators and doctors in many medical centers and fields of study, including neonatology, pulmonology, infectious disease, obstetrics/perinatology, immunology, microbiology, pathology, molecular biology and genomics, perinatal development and disease, with an ultimate goal is to reduce respiratory morbidity in children, especially those born prematurely. Dr. Pryhuber has led for the last 5 years, the Human Tissue Core for the Lung Development Molecular Atlas Program (LungMAP HTC). In partnership with the UNOS transplant network, the LungMAP HTC has created an extensive repository of consented, transplant-quality pediatric research tissues that provides multiple research centers with unique opportunities to explore the developing human respiratory tract and immune system in an unusually high quality and holistic manner (see LungMAP.net; LGEA Web Portal). Our success with building a pediatric lung tissue repository that includes many additional components of the immune system is unique and so valuable to translating from basic science laboratories to the bedside of infants and children.

    Laura LeGuin, BSN

    Laura LeGuin, BSN serves as the Research and Donation Support Coordinator for LOPA – the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency. She started her career at LOPA in 2011 as a Tissue Recovery Coordinator, moved to the role as a Quality Support Coordinator where she also began the Neonatal Donation Program in 2013. In 2017 the role of Research and Donation Support Coordinator was created where Laura’s main focus is the Neonatal Donation Program while also assisting with the Research Department.

  • The 70th Anniversary Of The US Navy Tissue Bank

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The U.S. Navy Tissue Bank (USNTB) formed 70 years ago. To this day, it has affected the way our military approaches treatment with allografts in numerous surgical specialties. The founders and their colleagues were true visionaries. Their tireless efforts had everything to do with the AATB’s founding and subsequent success. Most of today’s major tissue banks were either formed by military personnel exposed to USNTB during their time of service, or encouraged to form by requests from former military doctors practicing in that locale. Most major breakthroughs in tissue preservation and utilization are somehow tied to the USNTB. The Navy wrote a stunning history in tissue banking - a history that is still being written today.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Outline key historic activities promoting the need for donated tissueRecognize the significance of research efforts of the US Navy and others during and immediately following WWII
    2. Understand the US Military’s influence on the establishment of civilian tissue banking
    3. Describe the events that led to the establishment of the AATB

    Ralph M. Powers, Jr., DDS, CTBS

    In 1971, while working as a Surgical Technician, Dr. Powers had his first exposure to tissue donation. He later received a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Old Dominion University and trained further in blood banking and HLA immunology. This training allowed him to work closely with the kidney transplant program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. A DDS was earned at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1987 followed by a General Practice Residency at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. Ralph has over 40 years exposure to all facets of transplantation. The last 25 were focused on allograft use in dentistry. Currently, he has “the best job in the world” – retirement. However, he stays active as a medical writer and consultant focused on health communications and non-profit management. Ralph actively supports the American Association of Tissue Banks in their educational efforts.

  • The Evolution of Tissue Banking and Uses

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session will provide a high-level overview of the historical evolution of tissue recovery and banking, including an overview of various tissue types and clinical applications.

    This session will provide a high-level overview of the historical evolution of tissue recovery and banking, including an overview of various tissue types and clinical applications.

    Ralph M. Powers, Jr., DDS, CTBS

    In 1971, while working as a Surgical Technician, Dr. Powers had his first exposure to tissue donation. He later received a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Old Dominion University and trained further in blood banking and HLA immunology. This training allowed him to work closely with the kidney transplant program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. A DDS was earned at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1987 followed by a General Practice Residency at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. Ralph has over 40 years exposure to all facets of transplantation. The last 25 were focused on allograft use in dentistry. Currently, he has “the best job in the world” – retirement. However, he stays active as a medical writer and consultant focused on health communications and non-profit management. Ralph actively supports the American Association of Tissue Banks in their educational efforts.

    Darrel Lewis, MBA, CTBS

    Education Director

    Darrel joined MTF Biologics in 2001 as an Education Director.  In this capacity, Darrel has worked with a number of tissue banks and organ procurement organizations throughout the United States providing tissue recovery, screening, and regulatory education.  Darrel has developed a number of education and training materials including the production, direction, and editing of two tissue recovery training videos.  In addition to these duties, Darrel has been involved in many specialized tissue recovery development assignments and research projects for major universities.  He has maintained his CTBS since 1992 and has been an AATB member since 1993.  Prior to joining MTF, Darrel was Assistant Manager of Tissue and Eye Procurement at Midwest Transplant Network in Westwood, Kansas. Darrel received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Webster University in 1998 and an MBA from Avila University in 2005.

    Amber F. McAfee, BS, MBA, CTBS, CWCMS, ST

    With Exsurco since its inception in 2010, Amber led the company’s growth into tissue and surgical settings to redefine excision science.  She supports Exsurco’s community of healthcare professional customers who are advancing the healing power of skin to patients who need it the most.

    Uncovering customer needs, problem-solving, and providing solutions is nothing new to Amber who started her career as a Surgical Technician and Combat Medic in the U.S. Army.  After completing active duty, she remained in the reserves and found her home in the transplant industry at Lifeline of Ohio.  Her second day on the job was the September 11th attacks on our nation and Amber knew then saving lives would become her lifelong passion.

    Amber worked with the team of engineers that developed the Amalgatome MD for skin grafting procedures in tissue donation, which since 2010 has resulted in over half a million life-saving dermal allografts for burn survivors.

    Exsurco is proud to be a partner of the Phoenix Society and The Spiegel Burn Foundation for Burn Survivors and an advocate for Tissue Donation Across America through Donate Life America and the American Association of Tissue Banks.

    Gregory Ray, MD

    Dr. Gregory Ray is the Medical Director at CryoLife in Kennesaw, GA. Dr. Ray is past Chair of the AATB Physicians’ Council, has served on the AATB Board of Governors, and is currently on the AATB Standards Committee. Dr. Ray received his B.S. degree in Biology from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA and his M.D. degree from Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He completed a fellowship in Molecular Medicine at the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Genetics at MCG. 

    He completed postgraduate training in Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and was Chief Resident at Emory University in 2000. Dr. Ray is certified by the American Board of Pathology in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, with a special interest in cardiovascular pathology. He is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Pathology. Prior to joining CryoLife in 2003, Dr. Ray served as Laboratory Medical Director and Staff Pathologist in four Atlanta area community hospitals.

    Anne Engemann, PhD

    Anne Engemann began working with Axogen in 2014 as a Product Development consultant and in 2016 was brought on as a Clinical and Translational Scientist. Since that time, she has held roles as a Medical Science Liaison and is currently the Manager of the Medical Affairs department. In this role she is responsible for scientific communications, publication planning, grants, and surgeon education. Prior to her time at Axogen, Dr. Engemann completed postdoctoral research at the University of Florida and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Engemann earned a BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology and an MA in Audiology from Western Michigan University and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to earning her PhD, Dr. Engemann spent several years providing audiology and intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring services.

    Shabnam M. Namin, PhD, MBA, CTBS

    Vice President of Research & Development

    Dr. Namin is the Vice President of Research and Development for UMTB Biomedical, Inc. She is responsible for leading product development of all cell and tissue based products for the company. In addition, Dr. Namin is an important member of the commercialization team. Her main interest is the development of regenerative therapies focused around amniotic derived tissue products. As such, Dr. Namin has played an integral role in developing and commercializing the company’s amniotic tissue offerings.

    Dr. Namin received her bachelors and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Florida International University.  She also received an MBA and MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami. During her studies, Dr. Namin spent several years working in many different facets in the tissue engineering realm, focusing on the commercialization of cell and tissue based products. She has multiple publications and patents for her work on the development of these therapies. She is currently an active member of the Scientific & Technical Affairs Committee (STAC) for the American Association of Tissue Banks.  

  • Understanding Regulatory Nomenclature

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session recording was presented as a part of the 2020 Virtual QDEW.

    This session recording was presented as a part of the 2020 Virtual QDEW.

    Mark Durivage, RAC, CQA, CTBS

    Mark Allen Durivage has worked as a practitioner, educator, consultant, and author. He is Managing Principal Consultant at Quality Systems Compliance LLC, an ASQ Fellow, and holds several certifications including; CTBS, RAC, and CQA He has written several books available through ASQ Quality Press, and written articles in Quality Magazine, Quality Progress, GxP Lifeline,  and Life Science Connect.

  • Using Automated Quality Assurance For Tissue Referrals

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session was presented as a part of the 2020 Virtual QDEW.

    This session was presented as a part of the 2020 Virtual QDEW.

    Ann Venezia, BS

    Business & Data Analyst

    Ann has had several roles in her 13 years at Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, most recently officially moving into IT as a Business and Data Analyst.  She oversaw the development of a home-grown tissue chart and later managed Gift of Hope's move to the iTransplant charting system.  In 2018, she and Tyler Roesler began the AQuA (Automated Quality Assurance) project, launching the organ version in late 2018 and the tissue version in 2019.  She is working on a dual masters degree program at Benedictine University and will complete her MS in Business Analytics in December of 2020 and her MBA in August of 2022.

  • Virtual Auditing for Good Tissue Practice (GTP) Compliance

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session provides an overview virtual and remote auditing.

    Every organization working in the FDA regulated industry has been adversely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This tragic situation has exposed the vulnerability of the global supply chain and the lack of emphasis placed on contingency planning.

     This webinar will focus on Virtual Auditing for Good Tissue Practice (GTP) Compliance, with a focus on the risks, opportunities, challenges, techniques, and best practices for performing virtual internal and supplier audits.

    Mark Durivage, RAC, CQA, CTBS

    Mark Allen Durivage has worked as a practitioner, educator, consultant, and author. He is Managing Principal Consultant at Quality Systems Compliance LLC, an ASQ Fellow, and holds several certifications including; CTBS, RAC, and CQA He has written several books available through ASQ Quality Press, and written articles in Quality Magazine, Quality Progress, GxP Lifeline,  and Life Science Connect.

  • Virtual Staffing In A Donation Call Center

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will provide the reasons for virtual call center staffing from the perspective of one organization who has transitioned to a split staffing model of both in house and virtual coordinators. We will identify the numerous considerations before making such a decision as well as the benefits that have been realized by LifeGift from implementing this model.

    This presentation will provide the reasons for virtual call center staffing from the perspective of one organization who has transitioned to a split staffing model of both in house and virtual coordinators. We will identify the numerous considerations before making such a decision as well as the benefits that have been realized by LifeGift from implementing this model.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Upon completion, participant will be able to identify pros and cons of virtual call center staffing.
    2. Upon completion, participant will be able to evaluate if virtual staffing could aid their business continuity plan.
    3. Upon completion, participant will be able to determine if virtual staffing is feasible at their organization.

    Michelle Gilbert, CTBS

    Michelle Gilbert is the Director of the Communications Center for Donation at LifeGift in Houston, Texas. She is a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist who has over twenty years of experience in the field of donation and transplantation. Michelle began her career as an eye bank technician and has held several leadership positions including Tissue Recovery Manager at Midwest Transplant Network and Product Manager at Statline.

    Alexis Ivey

    Alexis has been in the industry for 14 years, all of it being the in the call center environment. She started as a Donation Services coordinator with Midwest Transplant Network, and worked her way up to a Supervisor/AOC. She is currently the Manager of the Communications Center for Donation at Lifegift, where she helped with the establishment of the remote coordinator program.

  • Welcome, AATB Updates and Q & A

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session was presented as a part of the 2020 Virtual QDEW and provides answers to questions from AATB members.

    This session was presented as a part of the 2020 Virtual QDEW and provides answers to questions from AATB members. 

    Diana Buck, MeD, MBA, CTBS

    Diana is the Sr. Vice President, Tissue Donation Services (TDS) at New England Donor Services (NEDS). As a member of the executive team she provides pointed, strategic direction in the achievement of the organization’s goals and objectives, while promoting harmonious integration between all functions and departments. Through the application of executive-level leadership and oversight, maximizes the value for partners, stakeholders and donor families by engaging and empowering a dedicated workforce.  Through a rigorous alignment of mission, vision and goals all TDS leaders strive to deliver high-quality tissue recovery services, optimize work-place performance through the selection, training, and development of tomorrow’s leaders and drive best practices through active participation in AATB. Diana transitioned from a career in Education Administration to Tissue Banking in 1999 and has been an engaged member of the AATB community since 2001.  

    New England Donor Services NEDS (formerly New England Organ Bank) 
    NEDS is a dynamic organization of dedicated professionals who are driven to achieve the mission of saving and healing lives through organ, tissue and eye donation. NEDS is an affiliation of two extraordinary federally designated organ-procurement organizations, LifeChoice Donor Services and New England Organ Bank. The NEDS Tissue Donation Services provides the full array of tissue and ocular recovery services in six New England states.   NEDS is registered with the FDA as a tissue and ocular recovery agency and is accredited by AATB and EBAA. 

  • Why We Do What We Do: From Allograft Recipient To Allograft Specialist

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will cover tissue transplantation, specifically fresh cartilage and meniscus allograft, from both the patient and physician perspective. Having been on both sides of the knife, the presenter has a unique perspective on the trials and tribulations of tissue transplantation, and how special this gift truly is.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Upon completion, participant will be able to understand the benefit of allograft transplantation from the patient's perspective.
    2. Upon completion, participant will be able to understand the benefit of allograft transplantation from the surgeon's perspective.
    3. Upon completion, participant will be able to understand the difficulties of achieving a meniscus/fresh cartilage match from both the patient and surgeon perspective.

    Rachel M. Frank, MD

    Dr. Rachel Frank is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist who focuses on the surgical and non-surgical management of knee, shoulder, and elbow injuries. Dr. Frank has specialized training and technical expertise in the areas of advanced knee and shoulder arthroscopy, cartilage/meniscus restoration surgery, shoulder instability surgery, and care of the female athlete. Currently, Dr. Frank serves as an Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is Director of the Joint Preservation Program at the University of Colorado. Dr. Frank earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois while playing 4 years of Division I Soccer, with majors in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Spanish, and her medical degree (MD) at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She then completed her Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the renowned Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where she was a Chief Resident. After residency, Dr. Frank completed a Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center, where she was involved with the medical and surgical care of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Fire, USA Rugby, and DePaul University. Following this fellowship, Dr. Frank completed a Traveling Fellowship throughout Canada and Europe, training with some of the world’s best knee and shoulder surgeons to develop additional expertise in the areas of knee joint preservation surgery, advanced ligament repair and reconstruction, complex shoulder reconstruction, and techniques in OrthoBiologics. Dr. Frank has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 50 book chapters, has edited 1 textbook, and presents her research both nationally and internationally at orthopaedic conferences and meetings every year. Her research has garnered dozens of prestigious national and international awards, including the prestigious AOSSM Bart Mann Award for the Advancement of Sports Medicine Research, as well as several competitive grants, including funding from the NIH, ABOS, and OREF. Along with her commitment to providing outstanding patient care, Dr. Frank believes strongly in the importance of advancing the field of sports medicine through involvement in research, leadership, advocacy, and education, and is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Frank has been an Alan Levine Scholar in Orthopaedic Graduate Medical Education, has participated in the prestigious AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Development Program, was selected to United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) Young Investigators Program, and is a grant reviewer for the NIH. Dr. Frank is a team physician for the University of Colorado Buffaloes and University of Denver Pioneers and is co-medical director for the Colorado Storm Soccer Association. She is a former Division I collegiate soccer player and enjoys cycling, hiking, and long-distance triathlon. She is passionate about taking care of athletes of all levels, from the weekend warrior to the competitive athlete. Having had multiple orthopaedic surgeries herself, Dr. Frank understands what it means to be a patient, and strives to provide individualized care to every patient, with the ultimate goal of eliminating pain, optimizing function, and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.