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

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  • Access to 40+ live presentation
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  • The Evolution of Tissue Banking and Uses

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

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

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

    Ralph M. Powers, Jr., DDS, CTBS

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

    Darrel Lewis, MBA, CTBS

    Education Director

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

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

    Amber McAfee currently holds the position of Global Sales Director, Tissue & Life Sciences for Exsurco Medical in Wakeman, Ohio.  During her tenure at Exsurco Medical she introduced new a split thickness skin recovery device for tissue banks with innovative design that directly competed with entrenched technology which captured 50% market share for donated skin recovery in tissue banks in 2 years and currently maintains 90% market share. In 2019, she is leading the initiative to distribute the tissue bank products into Europe, Australia and New Zealand.  She has worked in the surgery, donation and transplant industry since 1998. 

    Ms. McAfee earned a Masters of Science in Business Administration, with Specialization Healthcare Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2010. Her Bachelor of Science is from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA earned in 2008.  Ms. McAfee began her surgical career by serving in the US Army for 8 years as an Operating Room Specialist/Combat Medic and then a Surgical Technician/First Assistant, by scrubbing and assisting in thousands of surgical procedures in the general, burn, plastic, orthopedic, urolgical, podiatry, thoracic practices.  In 2001, she earned an Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) during U.S. Army Reserves service with 307th Medical Groups (Combat Support Hospital) in Blacklick, Ohio. In 2011, Ms. McAfee served as Lead Surgical Assistant/Volunteer on medical mission trip focused on surgcial burn and wound procedures in Tamale, Ghana. 

    Gregory Ray, MD

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

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

    Anne Engemann, PhD

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

    Shabnam M. Namin, PhD, MBA, CTBS

    Vice President of Research & Development

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

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

  • 3D Medical Printing in Reconstructive Procedures

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

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

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

    Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA, FAOA

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Elevator Talk: What Exactly Do You Do?

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this session, we will review methods of approaching discussions about donation what people ask, "What exactly do you do?"

    In this session, we will review methods of approaching discussions about donation what people ask, "What exactly do you do?" We will discuss terminology surrounding deceased donor tissue, birth tissue and NADOs including how to verbalize more sensitive topics. 

    Irma Sison, MD, CTBS

    Director of Tissue Quality

    Irma Sison, M.D., CTBS is the Director of Tissue Quality Assurance at LifeNet Health. Irma has over 10 years of experience in organ and tissue donation.  Irma began her career in donation as a Donor Center Coordinator at LifeNet Health in 2008.  She 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. 

    Corinne Bell, MS, RD, 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.

    Jami Otis, CTBS

    Jami Otis joined AlloSource in May 2007 and is the Training Manager of Donor Records. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry with 15 years focusing on training/education. Jami received her education from the University of Colorado Boulder in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Prior to joining AlloSource, Jami spent 13 years in the blood banking industry as a Training Coordinator, Cord Blood Educator, and Collections Supervisor. Jami also has recovery experience as a recovery tech for Donor Alliance and past experience as an EMT-Intermediate for a rural ambulance service

    Robert Hernandez, MS, CTBS

    Robert most recently worked as the Director of Quality and Compliance, Advanced Therapies & HCT/Ps at BioBridge Global, a not-for-profit regenerative medicine enterprise. Robert has over 10 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, and has had the opportunity to work with various types of regenerative therapies including; allograft tissues, advanced biologic therapies, and medical devices. Robert obtained a Master of Science degree in Drug Regulatory Affairs from the University of Florida.  Robert is a Certified Quality Auditor, a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist, and serves on the AATB Education Committee. 

  • Tissue Distribution Intermediaries: What Do They Do?

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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.

  • Clinical Application and Marketing Trends

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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 Deren, 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.

  • NAT & Serology Testing: A Detailed Review

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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.

  • NADO Storage and Distribution

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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.

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

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

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

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

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

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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?

  • Interdepartmental Collaboration: Reducing Division Throughout Your Divisions

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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.