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  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Risk of False Negative Donor Screening for HIV Infection (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/21/2020 at 12:00 PM (EST)

    HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a highly effective means for persons without HIV to prevent acquisition of the infection. PrEP is a key intervention under the U.S. government’s new national initiative to reduce to new HIV infections to fewer than 3,000 (

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the principals of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
    • Describe current U.S. government objectives related to PrEP and the “Ending the HIV Epidemic” initiative.
    • Describe at least three scenarios in which PrEP use may complicate assessment of potential donors’ risk for HIV infection.
    • Summarize considerations in donor screening and risk assessment.

    Eduard Grebe, Ph.D

    Staff Scientist

    Eduard Grebe is a Staff Scientist in the Epidemiology Core group at Vitalant Research Institute, San Francisco, CA, and a Research Associate at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA), Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He works primarily on HIV incidence surveillance and was the principal analyst for the CEPHIA collaboration, an international consortium established to independently evaluate biomarkers of ‘recent’ HIV infection used in cross-sectional incidence estimation. He serves on the World Health Organisation Working Group on HIV Incidence Measurement and Data Use, is the maintainer of the open source inctools R package (which implements methods for incidence estimation and for characterizing recent infection tests) and works on several projects related to blood product safety. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town in 2012 for work on public health policy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Eduard Grebe, Ph.D

    Staff Scientist

    Eduard Grebe is a Staff Scientist in the Epidemiology Core group at Vitalant Research Institute, San Francisco, CA, and a Research Associate at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA), Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He works primarily on HIV incidence surveillance and was the principal analyst for the CEPHIA collaboration, an international consortium established to independently evaluate biomarkers of ‘recent’ HIV infection used in cross-sectional incidence estimation. He serves on the World Health Organisation Working Group on HIV Incidence Measurement and Data Use, is the maintainer of the open source inctools R package (which implements methods for incidence estimation and for characterizing recent infection tests) and works on several projects related to blood product safety. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town in 2012 for work on public health policy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Eduard Grebe, Ph.D

    Staff Scientist

    Eduard Grebe is a Staff Scientist in the Epidemiology Core group at Vitalant Research Institute, San Francisco, CA, and a Research Associate at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA), Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He works primarily on HIV incidence surveillance and was the principal analyst for the CEPHIA collaboration, an international consortium established to independently evaluate biomarkers of ‘recent’ HIV infection used in cross-sectional incidence estimation. He serves on the World Health Organisation Working Group on HIV Incidence Measurement and Data Use, is the maintainer of the open source inctools R package (which implements methods for incidence estimation and for characterizing recent infection tests) and works on several projects related to blood product safety. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town in 2012 for work on public health policy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    John T. Brooks, MD

    Senior Medical Advisor, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Dr. John T. Brooks currently serves as the Senior Medical Advisor to the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and leads the CDC team responsible for the new national initiative “Ending the HIV Epidemic – A Plan for America”. His primary area of expertise is the prevention and treatment of HIV infection. Dr. Brooks came to CDC as an EIS officer in 1998 after completing medical school, residency in internal medicine, and a fellowship in infectious diseases through Harvard Medical School. He continues to see patients at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Hospital’s HIV clinic.

    John T. Brooks, MD

    Senior Medical Advisor, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Dr. John T. Brooks currently serves as the Senior Medical Advisor to the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and leads the CDC team responsible for the new national initiative “Ending the HIV Epidemic – A Plan for America”. His primary area of expertise is the prevention and treatment of HIV infection. Dr. Brooks came to CDC as an EIS officer in 1998 after completing medical school, residency in internal medicine, and a fellowship in infectious diseases through Harvard Medical School. He continues to see patients at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Hospital’s HIV clinic.

    John T. Brooks, MD

    Senior Medical Advisor, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Dr. John T. Brooks currently serves as the Senior Medical Advisor to the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and leads the CDC team responsible for the new national initiative “Ending the HIV Epidemic – A Plan for America”. His primary area of expertise is the prevention and treatment of HIV infection. Dr. Brooks came to CDC as an EIS officer in 1998 after completing medical school, residency in internal medicine, and a fellowship in infectious diseases through Harvard Medical School. He continues to see patients at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Hospital’s HIV clinic.

    Jonathan Boyd, CTBS

    Director of Certification and Online Learning

    Jonathan has worked in multiple roles within the tissue banking and transplant industry including surgical tissue recovery, in leadership roles and eligibility evaluation at Carolina Donor Services. Jonathan is now the Director of Certification & Online Learning at the American Association of Tissue Banks where he oversees the development of online educational programming and the certification program.

    Jonathan is an active member of the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners, an Affiliate Member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), an Adjunct Biologics Instructor at the Medical Sales College and an active committee member of IACME, NAME, ASAE and Donate Life America. 

    Jonathan Boyd, CTBS

    Director of Certification and Online Learning

    Jonathan has worked in multiple roles within the tissue banking and transplant industry including surgical tissue recovery, in leadership roles and eligibility evaluation at Carolina Donor Services. Jonathan is now the Director of Certification & Online Learning at the American Association of Tissue Banks where he oversees the development of online educational programming and the certification program.

    Jonathan is an active member of the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners, an Affiliate Member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), an Adjunct Biologics Instructor at the Medical Sales College and an active committee member of IACME, NAME, ASAE and Donate Life America. 

    Jonathan Boyd, CTBS

    Director of Certification and Online Learning

    Jonathan has worked in multiple roles within the tissue banking and transplant industry including surgical tissue recovery, in leadership roles and eligibility evaluation at Carolina Donor Services. Jonathan is now the Director of Certification & Online Learning at the American Association of Tissue Banks where he oversees the development of online educational programming and the certification program.

    Jonathan is an active member of the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners, an Affiliate Member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), an Adjunct Biologics Instructor at the Medical Sales College and an active committee member of IACME, NAME, ASAE and Donate Life America. 

  • Medicolegal Death Investigation 101 (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/22/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    This session will walk attendees through the basics of death investigation from the perspective of a medical examiner.

    Join us as Jennifer Winner presents on the basics of medicolegal death investigation to define when a death is under ME or coroner jurisdiction, how the investigation is completed from physical exams to toxicology sample collection. 

    Jennifer Winner, D-ABMDI

    Medicolegal Death Investigations Supervisor

    Jennifer Winner began her career as a medicolegal death investigator in 2007 at The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia.  She continued her career as an investigator at the Wayne County Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Detroit, Michigan and currently at The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh, North Carolina.  

    Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Ohio University in 2004.  She has also achieved her registry certification with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and has maintained it since 2010.  She has participated in multiple forensic training opportunities in the areas of forensic anthropology, medicolegal death investigation, death scene management, missing persons, unidentified persons and clandestine grave recovery.  Jennifer has also provided trainings on the role of the North Carolina medical examiner and medicolegal death investigator.

    Throughout her career as an investigator, Jennifer has worked with multiple tissue and organ procurement agencies, including LifeNet Health, Carolina Donor Services and Gift of Life Michigan.  While in Virginia, she worked closely with LifeNet Health to assist in the initiation of a referral system which involved the medical examiner’s office.

    Jennifer is currently the Medicolegal Death Investigations Supervisor in Raleigh and works with state investigators as well as grant funded investigators to improve the medicolegal death investigations services in North Carolina.  She is a co-investigator on the NIJ grant, Strengthening the Medical Examiner System in North Carolina, which was awarded to the office in 2018.  She has been with the Raleigh office since 2016.  

    Jennifer Winner, D-ABMDI

    Medicolegal Death Investigations Supervisor

    Jennifer Winner began her career as a medicolegal death investigator in 2007 at The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia.  She continued her career as an investigator at the Wayne County Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Detroit, Michigan and currently at The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh, North Carolina.  

    Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Ohio University in 2004.  She has also achieved her registry certification with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and has maintained it since 2010.  She has participated in multiple forensic training opportunities in the areas of forensic anthropology, medicolegal death investigation, death scene management, missing persons, unidentified persons and clandestine grave recovery.  Jennifer has also provided trainings on the role of the North Carolina medical examiner and medicolegal death investigator.

    Throughout her career as an investigator, Jennifer has worked with multiple tissue and organ procurement agencies, including LifeNet Health, Carolina Donor Services and Gift of Life Michigan.  While in Virginia, she worked closely with LifeNet Health to assist in the initiation of a referral system which involved the medical examiner’s office.

    Jennifer is currently the Medicolegal Death Investigations Supervisor in Raleigh and works with state investigators as well as grant funded investigators to improve the medicolegal death investigations services in North Carolina.  She is a co-investigator on the NIJ grant, Strengthening the Medical Examiner System in North Carolina, which was awarded to the office in 2018.  She has been with the Raleigh office since 2016.  

  • Cord Blood Overview (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/29/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    This session will walk attendees through the basics of cord blood donation, collection, research and more!

    This session will walk attendees through the basics of cord blood donation, collection, research and more!

    Haywood L. Brown, MD, FACOG

    Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Associate Dean, Diversity

    Dr. Haywood Brown received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University in Greensboro and his Medical Degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Knoxville, Tennessee, followed by subspecialty fellowship training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Dr. Brown has a distinguished career as an academic leader in education, clinical care and  research for three decades.  Dr. Brown served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina from 2002-2016; a position that he held for nearly 14 years. Most notable during his tenure as Chair Dr. Brown established a Global Women’s Health Program as a component of the Duke Global Health Institute.

    Dr. Brown has served in numerous local and national leadership positions including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.   In 2017-2018, Dr. Brown served as the 68th President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

    In addition, he has served in leadership as Chair of Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG), the Board of Directors for the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and  past President of SMFM.  He is past President of the American Gynecological Obstetrical Society (AGOS).  He has also served as a Director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Brown leadership extends further and includes the NIH DC Initiative on Infant Mortality and the HSRA Perinatal and Patient Safety Collaboration. He is the Past President of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecologic Society.

    Dr. Brown is especially committed to the care of women at high risk for adverse pregnancy outcome, particularly those disadvantaged which includes disparity in maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. His ACOG Presidency focused on disparity and women health equity.

    In July 2018, Dr. Brown was named the Vice President for Institutional Equity at the University of South Florida and the Associate Dean in the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

    Haywood L. Brown, MD, FACOG

    Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Associate Dean, Diversity

    Dr. Haywood Brown received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University in Greensboro and his Medical Degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Knoxville, Tennessee, followed by subspecialty fellowship training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Dr. Brown has a distinguished career as an academic leader in education, clinical care and  research for three decades.  Dr. Brown served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina from 2002-2016; a position that he held for nearly 14 years. Most notable during his tenure as Chair Dr. Brown established a Global Women’s Health Program as a component of the Duke Global Health Institute.

    Dr. Brown has served in numerous local and national leadership positions including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.   In 2017-2018, Dr. Brown served as the 68th President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

    In addition, he has served in leadership as Chair of Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG), the Board of Directors for the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and  past President of SMFM.  He is past President of the American Gynecological Obstetrical Society (AGOS).  He has also served as a Director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Brown leadership extends further and includes the NIH DC Initiative on Infant Mortality and the HSRA Perinatal and Patient Safety Collaboration. He is the Past President of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecologic Society.

    Dr. Brown is especially committed to the care of women at high risk for adverse pregnancy outcome, particularly those disadvantaged which includes disparity in maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. His ACOG Presidency focused on disparity and women health equity.

    In July 2018, Dr. Brown was named the Vice President for Institutional Equity at the University of South Florida and the Associate Dean in the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

  • 3D and Bio Printing (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/05/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    In this session, we will review the exciting and emerging field of 3D medical device and bioprinting.

    In this session, we will review the exciting and emerging field of 3D medical device and bioprinting. 

  • Developing and Validating Processing Equipment (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/12/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    In this session, we will review the process for developing and validating tissue processing equipment.

    In this session, we will review the process for developing and validating tissue processing equipment. 

    Don Melnikoff, CTBS

    President

    Don Melnikoff is the President of BioCut Systems and has a wide-ranging background as a Biomedical Engineer.  His passion is to lead companies and teams focused on solution innovations by collaborating directly with clients.  Don has managed and cultivated several businesses from small startup companies to mid-market companies by combining both organic and inorganic growth strategies.

     

    Product innovation is the core skill set Don has built his career on by using his natural abilities to extract the best out of a team.  Don has a talent for generating highly functional groups who have an internal desire for developing advancements that help customers who are aligned in our mission to aid in human recovery.

    John Reimer

    VP of Business Development

    VP of Business Development, John Reimer is responsible for driving global sales for BioCut Systems.  John brings to the position a successful track record of more than 20 years that includes leadership positions and recognized sales achievements in the bioscience and healthcare industries.  John specializes in forming strategic alliances and programs that add value to the customer relationship.

     

    John's passion and focus to BioCut’s corporate strategy makes him an integral part of the team.  Through his strong  leadership, knowledge and interpersonal skill, John is able to analyze and implement complex projects involving systems and people.  He excels in the areas of task accomplishment, negotiations, problem solving, communication and teamwork while working tirelessly to ensure he meets customer expectations.

    Jared Koch

    VP of Product Innovation

    Jared Koch is a mechanical engineer with over 10 years of experience in the automation, robotic, and medical industries. His varied background designing for the medical space gives him an intuitive understanding of what is required to provide products and solutions for the most demanding medical environments.  Jared has a passion for using creative design skills to provide robust and unique solutions to help solve customer’s challenges.

    Jared founded and operated a company called KB Design to Manufacture, Inc. which was acquired by BioCut Systems in 2017 to expand its product offerings and capabilities. Jared was hired as VP of Product Innovation at that time to add his experience and skillset to the BioCut team. Jared has a Bachelor’s of Science from Kansas State University.

  • All About CAPAs (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/19/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    In this session, we will review the fundamentals of CAPA.

    In this session, we will review the fundamentals of CAPA. 

    Jennifer Westbrook, 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. 

    Jennifer Westbrook, 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. 

  • What Is the Big Picture? Deciphering Medical Records: Radiography, Chemistry, and Cultures (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/26/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    In this session, we will review key elements of medical review and donor screening.

    In this session, we will review key elements of medical review and donor screening. 

    Jeniffer Campo, MD, CTBS

    Associate Medical Director

    Jeniffer Campo is a board certified pediatrician and practiced general pediatrics for 14 years.  She has been an educator at both the undergraduate and graduate level in the biological and health sciences at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Marist College and Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has been a board member and volunteer for several philanthropic,  community and educational organizations throughout her career.  Currently she holds a position as an Associate Medical Director at LifeNet Health  As an AATB member, she also serves on the Physicians Council and RADE Council. 

    Jeniffer Campo, MD, CTBS

    Associate Medical Director

    Jeniffer Campo is a board certified pediatrician and practiced general pediatrics for 14 years.  She has been an educator at both the undergraduate and graduate level in the biological and health sciences at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Marist College and Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has been a board member and volunteer for several philanthropic,  community and educational organizations throughout her career.  Currently she holds a position as an Associate Medical Director at LifeNet Health  As an AATB member, she also serves on the Physicians Council and RADE Council. 

  • How Non-Transplantable Tissue Is Used: Tragedy to Triumph (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/04/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    In this session, we will review how one cardiac and vascular tissue establishment uses allografts unsuitable for transplant to train surgeons.

    In this session, we will review how one cardiac and vascular tissue establishment uses allografts unsuitable for transplant to train surgeons. 

    ​William F. Northrup III. MD

    William F. Northrup III received his M.D. from the University of Southern California in 1966. He was a practicing cardiac surgeon in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnestoa for 30 years with a major focus on mitral valve repair and complex aortic valve and root surgery. He received several medical device patents and commercialized a vascular connector and a heart valve annuloplasty device. He joined CryoLife in 2008 as Vice President of Physician Relations & Education where he developed a high-fidelity biological simulation model to teach cardiac surgeons the skill-sets required for complex aortic valve and root surgery, including the pulmonary autograft (Ross) procedure. He has trained 536 surgeons during these 2-day Aortic Allograft Workshops, many of which are now done in OPOs. He has been invited to 8 consecutive Thoracic Surgery Program Director (TSDA) Boot Camps to teach the anatomy of the aortic valve and root to cardiac surgery residents. He borrowed the template for the TSDA Boot Camp to create a more focused Aortic Valve and Root Boot Camp at CryoLife for 32 cardiac surgery residents over each of the past 6 years, populated by TSDA University Faculty. The 7th Boot Camp is scheduled for 48 residents in October, 2019. Through his relationships with the TSDA Program Directors, he has presented mini-Aortic Allograft Workshops in 2/3 of the Programs and has begun similar Workshops in the Canadian Academic Programs. He and his mentor, Professor, Sir Magdi Yacoub from the UK, co-directed 5 consecutive Ross Summits at CryoLife from 2008-2012. We recently changed the venue to Montreal under the direction of Professor Ismail El-Hamamsy, where live cases have been successfully added to the Program and approximately 200 cardiac surgeons have been impacted. Dr. Northrup and his wife, Joey, have been married 55 years, have 5 children and 14 grandchildren and continue to enjoy traveling extensively together.

    ​William F. Northrup III. MD

    William F. Northrup III received his M.D. from the University of Southern California in 1966. He was a practicing cardiac surgeon in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnestoa for 30 years with a major focus on mitral valve repair and complex aortic valve and root surgery. He received several medical device patents and commercialized a vascular connector and a heart valve annuloplasty device. He joined CryoLife in 2008 as Vice President of Physician Relations & Education where he developed a high-fidelity biological simulation model to teach cardiac surgeons the skill-sets required for complex aortic valve and root surgery, including the pulmonary autograft (Ross) procedure. He has trained 536 surgeons during these 2-day Aortic Allograft Workshops, many of which are now done in OPOs. He has been invited to 8 consecutive Thoracic Surgery Program Director (TSDA) Boot Camps to teach the anatomy of the aortic valve and root to cardiac surgery residents. He borrowed the template for the TSDA Boot Camp to create a more focused Aortic Valve and Root Boot Camp at CryoLife for 32 cardiac surgery residents over each of the past 6 years, populated by TSDA University Faculty. The 7th Boot Camp is scheduled for 48 residents in October, 2019. Through his relationships with the TSDA Program Directors, he has presented mini-Aortic Allograft Workshops in 2/3 of the Programs and has begun similar Workshops in the Canadian Academic Programs. He and his mentor, Professor, Sir Magdi Yacoub from the UK, co-directed 5 consecutive Ross Summits at CryoLife from 2008-2012. We recently changed the venue to Montreal under the direction of Professor Ismail El-Hamamsy, where live cases have been successfully added to the Program and approximately 200 cardiac surgeons have been impacted. Dr. Northrup and his wife, Joey, have been married 55 years, have 5 children and 14 grandchildren and continue to enjoy traveling extensively together.

  • FDA Inspections: What to Expect, How to Prepare, and an Audit of Recent Findings (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/11/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will review common findings identified during FDA audits and how issues have been addressed in some case scenarios.

    Summary: This presentation given by FDA ORA and CBER staff will provide information on what you can expect to occur during FDA inspections and how to prepare your staff and facility to be ready for FDA inspections. It will also include discussion of common observations (findings) and resulting compliance actions from FDA inspections conducted in the past couple of years.

     

    Kip J. Hanks, BS

    Investigator/Biologics National Expert, FDA / Office of Biological Product Operations

    Kip Hanks, Biologics National Expert for FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Biological Products Operations, received a BS in microbiology from McNeese State University and began employment with the Agency in 1997 as a generalist investigator in New Orleans, LA. Over the years, his work focused on biologics and bioresearch monitoring. He served as the district biologics specialist for New Orleans and Atlanta Districts and was selected as the biologics national expert in 2011 upon returning to post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. In this position, Investigator Hanks serves as a liaison between ORA and CBER, trains and mentors biologics investigators, participates on policy workgroups and continues to perform international inspections. He resides in New Orleans, LA with his wife, daughter and menagerie of pets, enjoying all of the culture that the city offers.

    Kip J. Hanks, BS

    Investigator/Biologics National Expert, FDA / Office of Biological Product Operations

    Kip Hanks, Biologics National Expert for FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Biological Products Operations, received a BS in microbiology from McNeese State University and began employment with the Agency in 1997 as a generalist investigator in New Orleans, LA. Over the years, his work focused on biologics and bioresearch monitoring. He served as the district biologics specialist for New Orleans and Atlanta Districts and was selected as the biologics national expert in 2011 upon returning to post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. In this position, Investigator Hanks serves as a liaison between ORA and CBER, trains and mentors biologics investigators, participates on policy workgroups and continues to perform international inspections. He resides in New Orleans, LA with his wife, daughter and menagerie of pets, enjoying all of the culture that the city offers.

    Wendy P. Hively

    Consumer Safety Officer

    Ms. Hively is a Consumer Safety Officer in the Division of Case Management, Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) and has been with the FDA since 2004.  She is responsible for evaluating enforcement actions for blood and tissue products regulated by CBER and provides training on regulatory requirements for blood and tissue products within FDA.  Ms. Hively also serves as a committee member for regulatory oversight and policy communication in the blood and tissue industries. From 2000-2003, she managed the Environmental Compliance Program for Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.  Prior to her compliance work, Ms. Hively studied the role of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes in the development of breast cancer and brain cancer in the Varmus Lab at the National Institutes of Health.  

    Wendy P. Hively

    Consumer Safety Officer

    Ms. Hively is a Consumer Safety Officer in the Division of Case Management, Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) and has been with the FDA since 2004.  She is responsible for evaluating enforcement actions for blood and tissue products regulated by CBER and provides training on regulatory requirements for blood and tissue products within FDA.  Ms. Hively also serves as a committee member for regulatory oversight and policy communication in the blood and tissue industries. From 2000-2003, she managed the Environmental Compliance Program for Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.  Prior to her compliance work, Ms. Hively studied the role of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes in the development of breast cancer and brain cancer in the Varmus Lab at the National Institutes of Health.  

  • 3D Medical Printing in Reconstructive Procedures (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/13/2020 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

    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. 

  • Interdepartmental Collaboration: Reducing Division Throughout Your Divisions (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/18/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will review ideas and concepts surrounding breaking down silos in modern tissue banking and OPO organizational structure.

    In this session, we will review ideas and concepts surrounding breaking down silos in modern tissue banking and OPO organizational structure. 

    Charles White, CTBS

    Hospital Development Specialist

    Charles is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with a Master of Arts in Religion and a Master of Sacred Theology where he focused on American Religion and Culture. He has previously served as a Family Advocate and the Religious Affairs Coordinator for Southeast Tissue Alliance. Charles currently serves as a Hospital Development Coordinator for Carolina Donor Services where he focuses on rural and smaller urban hospitals. Charles has worked in the tissue banking and OPO industries for 19 years.

    On a more personal note, Charles' mother was a tissue donor early in his tissue banking career. Charles serves as a chaplain for his local Cub Scout pack and is a published fiction author.

    Charles White, CTBS

    Hospital Development Specialist

    Charles is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with a Master of Arts in Religion and a Master of Sacred Theology where he focused on American Religion and Culture. He has previously served as a Family Advocate and the Religious Affairs Coordinator for Southeast Tissue Alliance. Charles currently serves as a Hospital Development Coordinator for Carolina Donor Services where he focuses on rural and smaller urban hospitals. Charles has worked in the tissue banking and OPO industries for 19 years.

    On a more personal note, Charles' mother was a tissue donor early in his tissue banking career. Charles serves as a chaplain for his local Cub Scout pack and is a published fiction author.

    Irma Sison, MD, CTBS

    Director of Tissue Quality

    Irma Sison, M.D., CTBS is the Director of Tissue Quality at LifeNet Health. Irma began her career in organ and tissue donation as a Donor Center Coordinator at LifeNet Health in 2008.  In addition to eight years of tissue banking experience at LifeNet Health, Irma has also held the positions of Manager of Hospital Services and Manager of Donation Services at Nevada Donor Network, Inc. and Manager of the Donor Center at LifeNet Health. Irma has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry from Old Dominion University and received her MD from De La Salle University College of Medicine. Irma serves on the AATB RADE Council and is the current co-chair of the Education Committee. 

    Irma Sison, MD, CTBS

    Director of Tissue Quality

    Irma Sison, M.D., CTBS is the Director of Tissue Quality at LifeNet Health. Irma began her career in organ and tissue donation as a Donor Center Coordinator at LifeNet Health in 2008.  In addition to eight years of tissue banking experience at LifeNet Health, Irma has also held the positions of Manager of Hospital Services and Manager of Donation Services at Nevada Donor Network, Inc. and Manager of the Donor Center at LifeNet Health. Irma has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry from Old Dominion University and received her MD from De La Salle University College of Medicine. Irma serves on the AATB RADE Council and is the current co-chair of the Education Committee. 

  • Conducting the DRAI with a Grieving Family: Do Your Coordinators Understand Grief Concepts? (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/25/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will review basic concepts of grief and trauma with approaches to supporting families during such difficult times.

    In this session, we will review basic concepts of grief and trauma with approaches to supporting families during such difficult times. Completing a risk assessment interview can be difficult during times of trauma, are your staff prepared?

    Joshua Brennan, CTBS

    Manager, Tissue Operation

    Josh Brennan, CTBS spent 6 years as an EMS professional and was an educator for the Red Cross. Josh has been with New England Donor Services for almost 12 years in various roles in the Tissue Operations Department. He is currently the manager of Tissue Operations. He has published three abstract articles with the American Association of Tissue Banks and was part of the creative development team for the Hopes Heroes - Donor Family Program. He has been invited to speak at multiple workshops/conferences/webinars on various topics including Electronic Tissue Authorization, Call Center Scheduling, Algorithmic Tissue Screening, Electronic Tissue Allocation, and DRAI competency & training.

    Joshua Brennan, CTBS

    Manager, Tissue Operation

    Josh Brennan, CTBS spent 6 years as an EMS professional and was an educator for the Red Cross. Josh has been with New England Donor Services for almost 12 years in various roles in the Tissue Operations Department. He is currently the manager of Tissue Operations. He has published three abstract articles with the American Association of Tissue Banks and was part of the creative development team for the Hopes Heroes - Donor Family Program. He has been invited to speak at multiple workshops/conferences/webinars on various topics including Electronic Tissue Authorization, Call Center Scheduling, Algorithmic Tissue Screening, Electronic Tissue Allocation, and DRAI competency & training.

  • Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular or Tissue-Based Products (HCT/Ps): Regulatory and Guidance Overview Update (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/01/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This presentation will provide an update on applicable FDA regulations and guidance documents for HCT/Ps, including updates on the related Agency activities.

    In this session, representatives from the United States Food and Drug Administration will review guidance and regulatory publications related to HCT/Ps. 

    Safa Karandish, B.S., MT

    Consumer Safety Officer, Division of Human Tissues

    Safa Karandish is a Consumer Safety Officer with FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies in the Division of Human Tissues.  She joined FDA in 2010, with over 24 years of experience in cellular therapy manufacturing in academic centers and medical device companies. Her primary focus in the Division of Human Tissues is on activities related to policy, regulations, and review of human cell and tissue products. 

    Safa Karandish, B.S., MT

    Consumer Safety Officer, Division of Human Tissues

    Safa Karandish is a Consumer Safety Officer with FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies in the Division of Human Tissues.  She joined FDA in 2010, with over 24 years of experience in cellular therapy manufacturing in academic centers and medical device companies. Her primary focus in the Division of Human Tissues is on activities related to policy, regulations, and review of human cell and tissue products. 

  • NADO Storage and Distribution Webinar (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/15/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar will review some requirements for storage of non-transplant tissues, depict some storage methods and arrangements of different accredited NADOs, and provide examples of non-transplant tissue distribution and research endeavors.

    This webinar will review some requirements for storage of non-transplant tissues, depict some storage methods and arrangements of different accredited NADOs, and provide examples of non-transplant tissue distribution and research endeavors.

    Corinne Bell, CTBS

    Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer, and Treasurer of the Anatomy

    Corinne is the Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer, and Treasurer of the Anatomy Gifts Registry (AGR), a non-profit whole body donation program. AGR is one of the accredited Non-transplant Anatomic Donation Organizations, or NADOs. Corinne has over 12 years of experience in non-transplant tissue banking ranging from donor family services through research client services and executive management. Corinne has been active in the AATB Ad-Hoc committee, recently turned council, working on the physical assessment and risk assessment guidance documents, among other projects. 

    Corinne has Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in human nutrition, focusing on clinical nutrition and epidemiology, and has completed her clinical dietetic internship at the University of Maryland,Medical Center, and holds a Registered Dietitian (RD) credential, and has been a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS) since 2009.

    Corinne Bell, CTBS

    Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer, and Treasurer of the Anatomy

    Corinne is the Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer, and Treasurer of the Anatomy Gifts Registry (AGR), a non-profit whole body donation program. AGR is one of the accredited Non-transplant Anatomic Donation Organizations, or NADOs. Corinne has over 12 years of experience in non-transplant tissue banking ranging from donor family services through research client services and executive management. Corinne has been active in the AATB Ad-Hoc committee, recently turned council, working on the physical assessment and risk assessment guidance documents, among other projects. 

    Corinne has Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in human nutrition, focusing on clinical nutrition and epidemiology, and has completed her clinical dietetic internship at the University of Maryland,Medical Center, and holds a Registered Dietitian (RD) credential, and has been a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS) since 2009.

  • NAT & Serology Testing: A Detailed Review (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/22/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this presentation, we will build upon past AATB webinar lectures to provide an advanced review of infectious disease testing and screening methods.

    In this presentation, we will build upon past AATB webinar lectures to provide an advanced review of infectious disease testing and screening methods. 

    Rod Hale, MS

    Director of Laboratory Operations

    Rod Hale, Director Laboratory Operations at VRL-Eurofins – graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Biology. In 1997 he earned his Masters of Science in Medical and Molecular Genetics from Indiana University. He has 20 years’ experience in the Human Cell & Tissue Product (HCT/P) industry. The first 12 years were spent at Laboratories At Bonfils, (which became LABS, Inc.). Rod performed various immunological and molecular tests for the screening of eye, tissue, organ and other transplant donors, eventually becoming the manager of the Infectious Disease department, where he successfully implemented and oversaw the testing logistics that enabled the small regional lab to achieve nationwide growth. In 2010 he helped start-up the human-screening division of VRL, which has recently merged with LABS, Inc. to become the leader in HCT/P screening.

    Rod Hale, MS

    Director of Laboratory Operations

    Rod Hale, Director Laboratory Operations at VRL-Eurofins – graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Biology. In 1997 he earned his Masters of Science in Medical and Molecular Genetics from Indiana University. He has 20 years’ experience in the Human Cell & Tissue Product (HCT/P) industry. The first 12 years were spent at Laboratories At Bonfils, (which became LABS, Inc.). Rod performed various immunological and molecular tests for the screening of eye, tissue, organ and other transplant donors, eventually becoming the manager of the Infectious Disease department, where he successfully implemented and oversaw the testing logistics that enabled the small regional lab to achieve nationwide growth. In 2010 he helped start-up the human-screening division of VRL, which has recently merged with LABS, Inc. to become the leader in HCT/P screening.

  • Clinical Application and Marketing Trends (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/29/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will review current trends in marketing and clinical review of allografts.

    In this session, we will review current trends in marketing and clinical review of allografts. 

    Loren Doren, CTBS

    Vice President of Regenerative Medicine & Orthobiologics, Instructor, Medical Sales College

    Loren has over 15 years of demonstrated experience in the Medical Device and Biopharmaceutical markets.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science/Atmospheric Dynamics from the University of Delaware in 1996.  Loren began her career in the medical sales industry at Schering-Plough in 2001 where she spent 9 years working in the anti-infective and cardiovascular markets.  From 2011 to 2017, Loren worked for Orthofix and Nutech Medical where she managed and lead all Biologics business activities in 13 states, including on-boarding distributors, distributor sales performance, sales force training, and taking on the role of being the front-line biologics clinical specialist in the Northeast for the entire Biologics portfolio.  She has conducted many educational programs to advance representatives and surgeons on clinical knowledge and application of biologics, including evening speaking engagements. Loren joined Medical Sales College as the Vice President of Regenerative Medicine Education in December of 2017.  She is instrumental in expanding the Regenerative Medicine & Orthobiologics program, as well as provide chief instruction in these courses.  Loren earned her CTBS certification in Oct 2018.

    Loren Doren, CTBS

    Vice President of Regenerative Medicine & Orthobiologics, Instructor, Medical Sales College

    Loren has over 15 years of demonstrated experience in the Medical Device and Biopharmaceutical markets.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science/Atmospheric Dynamics from the University of Delaware in 1996.  Loren began her career in the medical sales industry at Schering-Plough in 2001 where she spent 9 years working in the anti-infective and cardiovascular markets.  From 2011 to 2017, Loren worked for Orthofix and Nutech Medical where she managed and lead all Biologics business activities in 13 states, including on-boarding distributors, distributor sales performance, sales force training, and taking on the role of being the front-line biologics clinical specialist in the Northeast for the entire Biologics portfolio.  She has conducted many educational programs to advance representatives and surgeons on clinical knowledge and application of biologics, including evening speaking engagements. Loren joined Medical Sales College as the Vice President of Regenerative Medicine Education in December of 2017.  She is instrumental in expanding the Regenerative Medicine & Orthobiologics program, as well as provide chief instruction in these courses.  Loren earned her CTBS certification in Oct 2018.

  • Tissue Distribution Intermediaries: What Do They Do? (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/06/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This presentation describes Tissue Distribution Intermediaries and the role they play in the Tissue Banking industry. It provides an overview of the benefit of partnering with a TDI and the inventory and quality management systems that must be in place to ensure successful placements of donated gifts.


    Erin Becker, BS, CTBS, CMQ/OE (ASQ)

    Director of Quality

    • Erin has been working as a Tissue Banking professional since 2001 with experience in Recovery, Processing, Distribution, and Quality Control/Quality Assurance.    Erin became a certified Tissue Banking Specialist in 2006, obtained her Bachelor of Science in 2010 while working as a fulltime Recovery Team Leader, and recently became a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence.  Currently, she is the Director of Quality for Parametrics Medical in Leander, TX responsible for the quality management system and regulatory compliance.  Erin is an active member of the AATB Quality Council.

  • Tissue Banking in the Digital Age (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/13/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will review concepts in data collection, electronic records and trends surrounding modern principles in tissue banking.

    In this session, we will review concepts in data collection, electronic records and trends surrounding modern principles in tissue banking. 

    Andrew Tobias, CTBS

    Andrew Tobias, CTBS

  • Toxicology: FBI Perspective (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/20/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, a representative from the FBI Toxicology Lab will review key consideration in forensic toxicology.

    In this session, a representative from the FBI Toxicology Lab will review key consideration in forensic toxicology. 

    Marc A. LeBeau, PhD, F-ABFT

    Senior Scientist Scientific Analysis Section

    Marc A. LeBeau, PhD, F-ABFT

    Senior Scientist Scientific Analysis Section

  • Eye Banking 101 (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/27/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will review the basic requirements, practices and standards of practice for eye banking.

    In this session, we will review the basic requirements, practices and standards of practice for eye banking. 

    Kristen McCoy, MS, CEBT, CTBS

    Vice President Surgical Application

    Kristen joined Miracles of Sight in 2019 as the Vice President Surgical Application.  She has over 23 years of eye banking experience focusing on clinical operations, technician training, process improvement, and new service line development.  She is a Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) and Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS).  She has served on numerous Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) committees and sub-committees over the years including the Technician Education Committee, the Certification Board, and Research Committee. Kristen has served as faculty for the EBAA Technician Education Symposium and Slit Lamp Course training over 400 technicians domestically and internationally.  Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and a Masters of Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.

    Kristen McCoy, MS, CEBT, CTBS

    Vice President Surgical Application

    Kristen joined Miracles of Sight in 2019 as the Vice President Surgical Application.  She has over 23 years of eye banking experience focusing on clinical operations, technician training, process improvement, and new service line development.  She is a Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) and Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS).  She has served on numerous Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) committees and sub-committees over the years including the Technician Education Committee, the Certification Board, and Research Committee. Kristen has served as faculty for the EBAA Technician Education Symposium and Slit Lamp Course training over 400 technicians domestically and internationally.  Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and a Masters of Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.

  • Allograft Skin in Burn and Reconstructive Procedures (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/29/2020 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

    In this session, a plastic surgeon who utilizes allograft skin in reconstructive procedures will present experiences and clinical cases which required allograft tissue.

    In this session, a plastic surgeon who utilizes allograft skin in reconstructive procedures will present experiences and clinical cases which required allograft tissue. 

    Mark S. Granick, M.D

    Mark S. Granick, M.D

  • Emergency Preparedness and Contingency Planning (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/03/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Contingency planning and emergency preparedness are critical to assuring the sustainability donation in the event of a tragedy or natural disaster. In this session, we will review organizational practices and experiences in developing a contingency or disaster plan.

    Contingency planning and emergency preparedness are critical to assuring the sustainability donation in the event of a tragedy or natural disaster. In this session, we will review organizational practices and experiences in developing a contingency or disaster plan. 

    Brian Roe, MS, CTBS, SSLBBP

    Chief Clinical Officer

    Brian is the Chief Clinical Officer of Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and the current chair of the AATB Recovery and Donor Eligibility Council. 

    Before joining KODA, Brian was the Vice President, Tissue Services and Communication Center Operations at LifeGift.Brian has also served as the Director of Tissue Services at Community Tissue Services (CTS) in Indianapolis, Indiana. In tandem with part of his tenure at CTS, Brian also served as the president of Donate Life Indiana, where he promoted the Indiana Donor Registry and worked with state legislators to keep legislation current and up to national standards. Before joining CTS, Brian held multiple leadership positions with LifeNet Health in Virginia and Florida. 

    Brian obtained his Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, in Exercise Physiology at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC and his Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. He is also a Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Professional and Certified Tissue Bank Specialist through the American Association of Tissue Banks.

    Brian Roe, MS, CTBS, SSLBBP

    Chief Clinical Officer

    Brian is the Chief Clinical Officer of Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and the current chair of the AATB Recovery and Donor Eligibility Council. 

    Before joining KODA, Brian was the Vice President, Tissue Services and Communication Center Operations at LifeGift.Brian has also served as the Director of Tissue Services at Community Tissue Services (CTS) in Indianapolis, Indiana. In tandem with part of his tenure at CTS, Brian also served as the president of Donate Life Indiana, where he promoted the Indiana Donor Registry and worked with state legislators to keep legislation current and up to national standards. Before joining CTS, Brian held multiple leadership positions with LifeNet Health in Virginia and Florida. 

    Brian obtained his Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, in Exercise Physiology at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC and his Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. He is also a Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Professional and Certified Tissue Bank Specialist through the American Association of Tissue Banks.

    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.

    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.

  • 510K Process Overview (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/10/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, a leading medical device expert will review the 510K process.

    In this session, a leading medical device expert will review the 510K process. 

    Tony Blank

    Prior to his departure at the end of 2012, Mr. Blank spent the past 12 years at Boston Scientific Corporation in both Corporate and Business regulatory leadership roles.  Under his leadership of the cardiovascular regulatory teams, the Boston Scientific obtained numerous regulatory approvals for medical devices and combination products.  Among these are world wide regulatory approvals for drug-eluting stents, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resychronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D), cardiac pacemakers and cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-P), and detachable coils for peripheral embolization.  Mr. Blank has likewise been an active representative for Boston Scientific, the medical device industry and the regulatory profession on numerous policy issues working with AdvaMed.  Among these activities has been participation in numerous Industry Working Groups – including the Pediatric Devices, Advertising and Promotion, and Reprocessing Working Groups (each of which he co-chaired).  He is very involved in developing and delivering meaningful educational programs in the field of Regulatory Affairs and has been a regular speaker at educational events.  In addition to his time at Boston Scientific, Mr. Blank has worked with Cardiopulmonary, Surgical, Ophthalmic, Vascular Access and Critical Care medical devices.

    Tony Blank

    Prior to his departure at the end of 2012, Mr. Blank spent the past 12 years at Boston Scientific Corporation in both Corporate and Business regulatory leadership roles.  Under his leadership of the cardiovascular regulatory teams, the Boston Scientific obtained numerous regulatory approvals for medical devices and combination products.  Among these are world wide regulatory approvals for drug-eluting stents, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resychronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D), cardiac pacemakers and cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-P), and detachable coils for peripheral embolization.  Mr. Blank has likewise been an active representative for Boston Scientific, the medical device industry and the regulatory profession on numerous policy issues working with AdvaMed.  Among these activities has been participation in numerous Industry Working Groups – including the Pediatric Devices, Advertising and Promotion, and Reprocessing Working Groups (each of which he co-chaired).  He is very involved in developing and delivering meaningful educational programs in the field of Regulatory Affairs and has been a regular speaker at educational events.  In addition to his time at Boston Scientific, Mr. Blank has worked with Cardiopulmonary, Surgical, Ophthalmic, Vascular Access and Critical Care medical devices.

  • Pre-Market Approvals: What You Need to Know (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/17/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, a leading medical device expert will review the pre-market approval (PMA) process.

    In this session, a leading medical device expert will review the pre-market approval (PMA) process. With the potential for many HCT/Ps to move into the biologics or medical device space, understanding clinical trials and PMAs is critical for the tissue community. 

    Tony Blank

    Prior to his departure at the end of 2012, Mr. Blank spent the past 12 years at Boston Scientific Corporation in both Corporate and Business regulatory leadership roles.  Under his leadership of the cardiovascular regulatory teams, the Boston Scientific obtained numerous regulatory approvals for medical devices and combination products.  Among these are world wide regulatory approvals for drug-eluting stents, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resychronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D), cardiac pacemakers and cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-P), and detachable coils for peripheral embolization.  Mr. Blank has likewise been an active representative for Boston Scientific, the medical device industry and the regulatory profession on numerous policy issues working with AdvaMed.  Among these activities has been participation in numerous Industry Working Groups – including the Pediatric Devices, Advertising and Promotion, and Reprocessing Working Groups (each of which he co-chaired).  He is very involved in developing and delivering meaningful educational programs in the field of Regulatory Affairs and has been a regular speaker at educational events.  In addition to his time at Boston Scientific, Mr. Blank has worked with Cardiopulmonary, Surgical, Ophthalmic, Vascular Access and Critical Care medical devices.

    Tony Blank

    Prior to his departure at the end of 2012, Mr. Blank spent the past 12 years at Boston Scientific Corporation in both Corporate and Business regulatory leadership roles.  Under his leadership of the cardiovascular regulatory teams, the Boston Scientific obtained numerous regulatory approvals for medical devices and combination products.  Among these are world wide regulatory approvals for drug-eluting stents, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resychronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D), cardiac pacemakers and cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-P), and detachable coils for peripheral embolization.  Mr. Blank has likewise been an active representative for Boston Scientific, the medical device industry and the regulatory profession on numerous policy issues working with AdvaMed.  Among these activities has been participation in numerous Industry Working Groups – including the Pediatric Devices, Advertising and Promotion, and Reprocessing Working Groups (each of which he co-chaired).  He is very involved in developing and delivering meaningful educational programs in the field of Regulatory Affairs and has been a regular speaker at educational events.  In addition to his time at Boston Scientific, Mr. Blank has worked with Cardiopulmonary, Surgical, Ophthalmic, Vascular Access and Critical Care medical devices.

  • Toxicology: National Statistics (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/24/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, will review national statistics surrounding overdoses and drug related deaths.

    In this session, will review national statistics surrounding overdoses and drug related deaths. 

    Bruce Goldberger, MD

    Bruce Goldberger, MD

  • Process Validation (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/08/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    : The webinar will cover the key process validations that supports the regulatory requirements for aseptically processed grafts.

    : The webinar will cover the key process validations that supports the regulatory requirements for aseptically processed grafts.

    Grace Bolton

    Ms. Bolton is the My title is President/Principal Consultant of QVEX Consulting, LLC. Prior to founding QVEX Consulting, LLC., she worked with LifeLink 13 years and overseeing the validation program, which includes equipment calibration/qualification, processing validation, packaging validation, sterilization validation and monitoring. Prior to LifeLink she spent 6 years at a Medical Device company as a Scientist/Performance Consultant. She holds a B.S. in Microbiology and a M.A. in Quality Assurance along with a Graduate Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. Ms. Bolton has served on two AATB Task Forces: Microbial Surveillance Program and Container and Packaging Qualification/Validation.

    QVEX Consulting, LLC. provides consulting services for equipment qualification, clean room certification, qualification, environmental monitoring, process validation, AAMI sterilization validation, development of master validation plan, product adoption for sterilization processes, dose audit and routine bioburden per AAMI guidelines. Services also includes audit of environmental monitoring, sterilization and validation programs for regulatory compliance.

  • Analytics: We Have Data, Now What? (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/15/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Collecting data ‘just because’ we can is okay, using the data to find value within the numbers will allow an organization to reach the ‘next level’ of service to the donor families and the recipients. Using techniques with tools that most people have there are opportunities for small changes that reward with big gains!

    Collecting data ‘just because’ we can is okay, using the data to find value within the numbers will allow an organization to reach the ‘next level’ of service to the donor families and the recipients. Using techniques with tools that most people have there are opportunities for small changes that reward with big gains!

    Andrew Tobias, CTBS

    Andrew Tobias, CTBS

  • Transportation, Logistics, and Storage Temps (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/05/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, monitoring and logistics experts will review container temperature monitoring practices in the transportation of sensitive materials.

    In this session, monitoring and logistics experts will review container temperature monitoring practices in the transportation of sensitive materials. 

    Michael Rusnack

    Michael's diverse background ranges from electronics to wastewater/alternative energy solutions to video signal capture and distribution. As comfortable with a start-up as he is with a Fortune 500 conglomerate, he owns twelve patent awards across multiple disciplines. Michael excels in the development of business-client interfaces and the kind of technical team management that builds communication between key stakeholders. A leader in technology-based design and analytics, he's headed countless product development initiatives from the conceptual stage to final market delivery and continues to orchestrate cost-efficient systems that drive reliability, capability and continuous innovation to meet contemporary needs.

    Michael Rusnack

    Michael's diverse background ranges from electronics to wastewater/alternative energy solutions to video signal capture and distribution. As comfortable with a start-up as he is with a Fortune 500 conglomerate, he owns twelve patent awards across multiple disciplines. Michael excels in the development of business-client interfaces and the kind of technical team management that builds communication between key stakeholders. A leader in technology-based design and analytics, he's headed countless product development initiatives from the conceptual stage to final market delivery and continues to orchestrate cost-efficient systems that drive reliability, capability and continuous innovation to meet contemporary needs.

  • Distribution and Global Tissue Demand (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/12/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will explore practices in distribution and logistics of fresh osteochondral allografts.

    In this session, we will explore practices in distribution and logistics of fresh osteochondral allografts. 

    Christian Bezenar, CTBS

    Tim Spalding, MD

    CONSULTANT ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON – AT THE WARWICKSHIRE NUFFIELD HOSPITAL

    Dr. Spalding's specialist interests are reconstructive knee surgery including; meniscal transplantation, articular cartilage repair, ligament reconstruction including multi-ligament injuries, and osteotomy. Dr. Spalding trained at Oxford and at Royal Hospital Haslar, prior to a specialist arthroscopy and knee surgery fellowship in Toronto.

    He qualified in 1982 from Charing Cross Hospital, London and spent the first part of his medical career with the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy.

    He joined Coventry in 2000 after five years as a Consultant in the Armed Forces. He has a busy sports knee surgery practice, runs a knee fellowship program and continues to be very active in teaching and research, pioneering several new techniques. His hobbies are his family and his competitive sailing.

  • Birth Tissue Screening and Considerations (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/19/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will review current trends in birth tissue donor screening.

    In this session, we will review current trends in birth tissue donor screening. 

  • Good Documentation Practices, AI, and the Future of Electronic Records (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/26/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Technology is advancing at an increasingly rapid pace. In this session, we will review best practices in documentation and what the future may look like for electronic records.

    Technology is advancing at an increasingly rapid pace. In this session, we will review best practices in documentation and what the future may look like for electronic records. 

    Aditi Srinivasan

    Manager at Transplant Connect

    Over the past 8 years at Transplant Connect, Aditi Srinivasan has helped lead key innovations and expansions to the iTransplant System, including integrating modern, cutting-edge technologies to the critical space of tissue banking. She remains in awe of the healing that this industry provides; both medically - for recipients who receive these gifts - as well as emotionally - allowing a family to honor a loved one and help them live on in someone else. In addition to her accomplishments at Transplant Connect, she has also completed 5 marathons, is learning how to box, and just received her PADI Open Water scuba certification.

    Aditi Srinivasan

    Manager at Transplant Connect

    Over the past 8 years at Transplant Connect, Aditi Srinivasan has helped lead key innovations and expansions to the iTransplant System, including integrating modern, cutting-edge technologies to the critical space of tissue banking. She remains in awe of the healing that this industry provides; both medically - for recipients who receive these gifts - as well as emotionally - allowing a family to honor a loved one and help them live on in someone else. In addition to her accomplishments at Transplant Connect, she has also completed 5 marathons, is learning how to box, and just received her PADI Open Water scuba certification.

  • Good Documentation Practices, AI, and the Future of Electronic Records

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/26/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Technology is advancing at an increasingly rapid pace. In this session, we will review best practices in documentation and what the future may look like for electronic records.

    Technology is advancing at an increasingly rapid pace. In this session, we will review best practices in documentation and what the future may look like for electronic records. 

  • Hospital Storage and Inventory (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/02/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will explore practice in the storage and management of allografts from the perspective of the end user in a clinical setting.

    In this session, we will explore practice in the storage and management of allografts from the perspective of the end user in a clinical setting. 

    Katie Hanzlicek, CTBS

    Senior Operations Analyst, JRF Ortho

    Katie Hanzlicek is a Senior Operations Analyst with JRF Ortho where she supports supplier relationships, balances osteochondral allograft supply and demand, and assists with company quality systems. Katie began her career in tissue banking in 2012 as an Operations Technician at AlloSource. She gained hands- on experience in allograft tissue production, cleansing, and packaging, as well as product development, quality management, and technical writing. Katie co-authored two patents (currently pending) on rapid allograft treatment. She will complete her Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Change Management the Summer of 2020, aligning her passion in science and business.

  • Continued Education and Competency Programs (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/09/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will review concepts of competency programs focusing on applied learning and measurable outcomes of training and education.

    In this session, we will review concepts of competency programs focusing on applied learning and measurable outcomes of training and education. 

    Laura Walling-Sotolongo, CTBS

    Sr. Director, Employee Learning & Advancement

    As a dynamic executive coach, educator, and transformational change catalyst, Laura Walling-Sotolongo uses her +14 years of experience in various aspects of Tissue Banking including leadership development, employee training, donor screening, tissue authorization, recovery, processing, distribution, and quality systems to produce impactful bottom-line results.

    She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Molecular Biology and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, and CTBS certified.  

    She serves the AATB as the Vice Chair of the Education Committee and in her current role as the Senior Director of Employee Learning & Advancement at New England Donor Services, Laura brings high energy, positivity, and consistent results to organizational & talent development, leadership coaching, and learning design.  

    She is driven by operationalizing strategies with tactics that engage, align, empower, and develop NEDS' employees and leadership team to help them cultivate their strengths and support positive change that maximizes their potential.

    Laura Walling-Sotolongo, CTBS

    Sr. Director, Employee Learning & Advancement

    As a dynamic executive coach, educator, and transformational change catalyst, Laura Walling-Sotolongo uses her +14 years of experience in various aspects of Tissue Banking including leadership development, employee training, donor screening, tissue authorization, recovery, processing, distribution, and quality systems to produce impactful bottom-line results.

    She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Molecular Biology and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, and CTBS certified.  

    She serves the AATB as the Vice Chair of the Education Committee and in her current role as the Senior Director of Employee Learning & Advancement at New England Donor Services, Laura brings high energy, positivity, and consistent results to organizational & talent development, leadership coaching, and learning design.  

    She is driven by operationalizing strategies with tactics that engage, align, empower, and develop NEDS' employees and leadership team to help them cultivate their strengths and support positive change that maximizes their potential.

  • NADO Acquisition (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/16/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will review concepts in NADO acquisition, transport, logistics and end user requests.

    In this session, we will review concepts in NADO acquisition, transport, logistics and end user requests. 

  • Donor Family Services: Supportive Care after Discard (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/07/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    What does support to a family look like if tissue is not able to be used? This session will explore the elements of supportive care to a family when a donation results in discard. Consideration will be given to the language, philosophy and ethics in the reporting of test results, handling the request for return of unused gifts of tissue, and the education provided to families.

    What does support to a family look like if tissue is not able to be used? This session will explore the elements of supportive care to a family when a donation results in discard. Consideration will be given to the language, philosophy and ethics in the reporting of test results, handling the request for return of unused gifts of tissue, and the education provided to families.

    Beth Cameron, CCLS, CVM​

    Manager of Family Services Aftercare

    Beth Cameron, Manager of Family Services Aftercare with Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA), is a Certified Child Life Specialist and Certified Volunteer Manager. The Family Services Aftercare team at ARORA provides care and support to families of organ, tissue, and eye donors in the weeks, months, and years following donation and coordinate ARORA’s Volunteer program, providing training to donor family and recipient volunteers that is both comprehensive and sensitive to the donor family’s grief journey.  Beth is a member of AATB’s Donor Family Services Council and is part of the subcommittee devoted to exploring ways to increase communication between tissue donor families and recipients.  Beth has worked with children and families experiencing illness, crisis, or loss for the past decade through her current role, as a hospice Bereavement Specialist, and as a Child Life Specialist in the pediatric emergency department and intensive care settings.  She is passionate about providing support to bereaved families, volunteerism, and pediatric oncology camps.

    Beth Cameron, CCLS, CVM​

    Manager of Family Services Aftercare

    Beth Cameron, Manager of Family Services Aftercare with Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA), is a Certified Child Life Specialist and Certified Volunteer Manager. The Family Services Aftercare team at ARORA provides care and support to families of organ, tissue, and eye donors in the weeks, months, and years following donation and coordinate ARORA’s Volunteer program, providing training to donor family and recipient volunteers that is both comprehensive and sensitive to the donor family’s grief journey.  Beth is a member of AATB’s Donor Family Services Council and is part of the subcommittee devoted to exploring ways to increase communication between tissue donor families and recipients.  Beth has worked with children and families experiencing illness, crisis, or loss for the past decade through her current role, as a hospice Bereavement Specialist, and as a Child Life Specialist in the pediatric emergency department and intensive care settings.  She is passionate about providing support to bereaved families, volunteerism, and pediatric oncology camps.

    Deborah Hutt

    Director, Donor Family Services

    Deborah has been with LifeNet Health since 2011 beginning her career as a Family Support Coordinator, working with families in the hospital at the time of their loved one’s death. She approached families for donation, provided education on donation, completed all necessary paperwork, and supported the family until their loved one went for procurement.  In 2014 Deborah became the Manager for Donor Family Services and was promoted to Director of Donor Family Services in 2015. Prior to coming to LifeNet Health, Deborah served as Director of Children’s Ministries Family Ministries at two local churches and led a team of consultants in direct sales as an Advanced Director. Prior to that, she was an elementary guidance counselor with Norfolk Public Schools implementing the guidance program, writing curriculum and securing grants to provide additional services to students within the school.

    Deborah earned her Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Radford University. She is an active member of the AATB Donor Family Services Council and the AOPO Donor Family Services Council. 

    Deborah Hutt

    Director, Donor Family Services

    Deborah has been with LifeNet Health since 2011 beginning her career as a Family Support Coordinator, working with families in the hospital at the time of their loved one’s death. She approached families for donation, provided education on donation, completed all necessary paperwork, and supported the family until their loved one went for procurement.  In 2014 Deborah became the Manager for Donor Family Services and was promoted to Director of Donor Family Services in 2015. Prior to coming to LifeNet Health, Deborah served as Director of Children’s Ministries Family Ministries at two local churches and led a team of consultants in direct sales as an Advanced Director. Prior to that, she was an elementary guidance counselor with Norfolk Public Schools implementing the guidance program, writing curriculum and securing grants to provide additional services to students within the school.

    Deborah earned her Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Radford University. She is an active member of the AATB Donor Family Services Council and the AOPO Donor Family Services Council. 

  • Bench and Anatomic Pathology (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/28/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, we will review the role of an anatomic pathologist including practices in histology.

    In this session, we will review the role of an anatomic pathologist including practices in histology. 

    Kim A. Collins, MD, FCAP

    Forensic Pathologist, Fulton County ME, Medical Director

    Dr. Collins, serves as a forensic pathologist with Newberry Pathology Associates and is a Medical Director for SharingHope SC, the Organ and Tissue Donation Services for South Carolina. After receiving her BS in microbiology, magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Georgia, Athens, Dr. Collins earned her MD from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. Following medical school, Dr. Collins completed an anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Wake Forest University/Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After residency, she completed a forensic fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina where she remained on faculty as a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director of Forensic and Autopsy Pathology, and Chief Medical Examiner. Dr. Collins is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pathology, board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and forensic pathology. She is a member of the College of American Pathologists and past Chair of the Autopsy Committee. She is past President of the South Carolina Society of Pathologists, and past Chair for the Pathology/Biology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She serves on the Board of Directors and is past-President for the National Association of Medical Examiners.

    Kim A. Collins, MD, FCAP

    Forensic Pathologist, Fulton County ME, Medical Director

    Dr. Collins, serves as a forensic pathologist with Newberry Pathology Associates and is a Medical Director for SharingHope SC, the Organ and Tissue Donation Services for South Carolina. After receiving her BS in microbiology, magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Georgia, Athens, Dr. Collins earned her MD from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. Following medical school, Dr. Collins completed an anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Wake Forest University/Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After residency, she completed a forensic fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina where she remained on faculty as a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director of Forensic and Autopsy Pathology, and Chief Medical Examiner. Dr. Collins is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pathology, board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and forensic pathology. She is a member of the College of American Pathologists and past Chair of the Autopsy Committee. She is past President of the South Carolina Society of Pathologists, and past Chair for the Pathology/Biology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She serves on the Board of Directors and is past-President for the National Association of Medical Examiners.

  • Regulatory Pathways: 361, Biologic, or Device? (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/04/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    The regulatory pathway for tissues is changing. What pathway is right for your allograft?

    The regulatory pathway for tissues is changing. What pathway is right for your allograft? In this session, we will review the pathway, limitations, criteria and process for reaching various regulatory classifications. 

  • Regulatory Pathways: 361, Biologic, or Device?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/04/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    The regulatory pathway for tissues is changing. What pathway is right for your allograft?

    The regulatory pathway for tissues is changing. What pathway is right for your allograft? In this session, we will review the pathway, limitations, criteria and process for reaching various regulatory classifications. 

  • Microbiological Elements of an Effective Aseptic Processing Program (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/11/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar will review microbiology from the lab perspective. We will cover environmental monitoring, the microbiology process and laboratory functions connecting this to donor screening.

    This webinar will review microbiology from the lab perspective. We will cover environmental monitoring, the microbiology process and laboratory functions connecting this to donor screening. 

    Jan Zajdowicz, MS, CTBS

    Senior R&D Manager

    Jan Zajdowicz is a Senior R&D Manager at AlloSource where he specializes in the field of microbiology.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Virginia Tech and a Master's degree in Biotechnology from Old Dominion University where he trained under Dr. Wayne Hynes and Dr. Lloyd Wolfinbarger.  Jan has over 18 years of tissue banking industry experience and has worked in research positions at both LifeNet Health and AlloSource.

    Jan currently leads a research microbiology team at AlloSource and has responsibilities with system operations around new product development.

    Jan Zajdowicz, MS, CTBS

    Senior R&D Manager

    Jan Zajdowicz is a Senior R&D Manager at AlloSource where he specializes in the field of microbiology.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Virginia Tech and a Master's degree in Biotechnology from Old Dominion University where he trained under Dr. Wayne Hynes and Dr. Lloyd Wolfinbarger.  Jan has over 18 years of tissue banking industry experience and has worked in research positions at both LifeNet Health and AlloSource.

    Jan currently leads a research microbiology team at AlloSource and has responsibilities with system operations around new product development.

  • Clinical Application of Cardiac & Vascular Grafts (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/18/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar will review current trends in surgical use and clinical application of cardiac and vascular allografts.

    This webinar will review current trends in surgical use and clinical application of cardiac and vascular allografts. 

    ​William F. Northrup III. MD

    William F. Northrup III received his M.D. from the University of Southern California in 1966. He was a practicing cardiac surgeon in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnestoa for 30 years with a major focus on mitral valve repair and complex aortic valve and root surgery. He received several medical device patents and commercialized a vascular connector and a heart valve annuloplasty device. He joined CryoLife in 2008 as Vice President of Physician Relations & Education where he developed a high-fidelity biological simulation model to teach cardiac surgeons the skill-sets required for complex aortic valve and root surgery, including the pulmonary autograft (Ross) procedure. He has trained 536 surgeons during these 2-day Aortic Allograft Workshops, many of which are now done in OPOs. He has been invited to 8 consecutive Thoracic Surgery Program Director (TSDA) Boot Camps to teach the anatomy of the aortic valve and root to cardiac surgery residents. He borrowed the template for the TSDA Boot Camp to create a more focused Aortic Valve and Root Boot Camp at CryoLife for 32 cardiac surgery residents over each of the past 6 years, populated by TSDA University Faculty. The 7th Boot Camp is scheduled for 48 residents in October, 2019. Through his relationships with the TSDA Program Directors, he has presented mini-Aortic Allograft Workshops in 2/3 of the Programs and has begun similar Workshops in the Canadian Academic Programs. He and his mentor, Professor, Sir Magdi Yacoub from the UK, co-directed 5 consecutive Ross Summits at CryoLife from 2008-2012. We recently changed the venue to Montreal under the direction of Professor Ismail El-Hamamsy, where live cases have been successfully added to the Program and approximately 200 cardiac surgeons have been impacted. Dr. Northrup and his wife, Joey, have been married 55 years, have 5 children and 14 grandchildren and continue to enjoy traveling extensively together.

    ​William F. Northrup III. MD

    William F. Northrup III received his M.D. from the University of Southern California in 1966. He was a practicing cardiac surgeon in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnestoa for 30 years with a major focus on mitral valve repair and complex aortic valve and root surgery. He received several medical device patents and commercialized a vascular connector and a heart valve annuloplasty device. He joined CryoLife in 2008 as Vice President of Physician Relations & Education where he developed a high-fidelity biological simulation model to teach cardiac surgeons the skill-sets required for complex aortic valve and root surgery, including the pulmonary autograft (Ross) procedure. He has trained 536 surgeons during these 2-day Aortic Allograft Workshops, many of which are now done in OPOs. He has been invited to 8 consecutive Thoracic Surgery Program Director (TSDA) Boot Camps to teach the anatomy of the aortic valve and root to cardiac surgery residents. He borrowed the template for the TSDA Boot Camp to create a more focused Aortic Valve and Root Boot Camp at CryoLife for 32 cardiac surgery residents over each of the past 6 years, populated by TSDA University Faculty. The 7th Boot Camp is scheduled for 48 residents in October, 2019. Through his relationships with the TSDA Program Directors, he has presented mini-Aortic Allograft Workshops in 2/3 of the Programs and has begun similar Workshops in the Canadian Academic Programs. He and his mentor, Professor, Sir Magdi Yacoub from the UK, co-directed 5 consecutive Ross Summits at CryoLife from 2008-2012. We recently changed the venue to Montreal under the direction of Professor Ismail El-Hamamsy, where live cases have been successfully added to the Program and approximately 200 cardiac surgeons have been impacted. Dr. Northrup and his wife, Joey, have been married 55 years, have 5 children and 14 grandchildren and continue to enjoy traveling extensively together.

  • Spine Allograft Application (C)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/09/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar will review current trends in surgical use and clinical application of allografts in spinal procedures.

    This webinar will review current trends in surgical use and clinical application of allografts in spinal procedures. 

    Bianca Sirbu, Phd

    Bianca Sirbu, Phd

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