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2021 CTBS Prep Course

Includes a Live Event on 09/03/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

This program includes CTBS Prep Course lectures, slides, quizzes, and additional study materials. 

Jonathan Boyd, BA, LSSBB, CTBS

Director of Education

Jonathan has worked in multiple roles within the tissue banking and transplant industry including recovery and leadership roles. Jonathan is now the Director of Education at AATB where he oversees the development of educational programming and the certification program. Jonathan earned his undergraduate degree in communications and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in management. Jonathan is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist and a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. 

Jonathan is an active member of the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners (IACME), an Affiliate Member of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), 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, and Donate Life America. 

Louis Jares, BS, CTBS, CEBT, D-ABMDI

Education Director

Louis Jares is an Education Director with the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF). Having been in the tissue banking industry for over 23 years, he began his work in the field of donation at the Mile High Transplant Bank in Denver in 1996 and has since also worked for Donor Alliance and The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank. Louis has a Bachelor of Science in biology and is also a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (1998), a Certified Eye Bank Technician (2003), a Registered Diplomate with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (2006), and an affiliate member of the National Association of Medical Examiners (2009). He has participated in several committees and projects over the years including the AATB Accreditation and Education Committees, the Donor Alliance Mortuary Resource Committee, tissue banking consultation in the Republic of Colombia, Germany, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands. As part of his international work, he has had the honor of presenting at the European Association of Tissue Banks in Brussels, Belgium in 2014. Louis was a co-founder of the MTF Medical Examiner and Coroner Advisory Committee which he helped co-found in 2006 and kept active until the Committee’s dissolution in 2017. He is also a member of the NAME Ad Hoc Organ and Tissue Committee since 2015. His personal interests in research and Forensic Anthropology came together with a recently published journal article entitled Transplanted Allograft Bone in Forensic Anthropology published in the Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging in March 2017. He is the current Chairperson of the AATB Education Committee and Elected Vice-Chairperson of the AATB RADE Council. Louis hails from Denver, Colorado but currently resides in South Texas, between San Antonio and Austin.

Irma Sison, MD, CTBS

Director of Tissue Quality

Irma Sison, MD, CTBS is the Director of Tissue Quality Assurance at LifeNet Health.  She began her career in organ and tissue donation as a Donor Center Coordinator at LifeNet Health in 2008.   Prior to joining Quality Assurance, Irma was the Manager of the Donor Center.   In addition to her 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.  She is actively involved with AATB and is the current the co-chair of the AATB Education Committee.  In addition, Irma has LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt certification and leads process improvements as a member  of LifeNet Health’s Black Belt council.  Irma has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Old Dominion University and received her medical degree from De La Salle University College of Medicine.   

Noella Manalili, MD, CTBS

Noella Manalili, MD, CTBS is a Quality Assurance Supervisor at LifeNet Health in Virginia Beach, VA. She joined LifeNet Health in 2013 and currently supervises the donor review coordinator team, which reviews tissue suitability for all donors and works closely with the Medical Director team. Prior to this role, she served as Tissue Recovery Supervisor for LifeNet Health NW in Renton, WA and Donor Center Supervisor at LifeNet Health’s corporate campus. She brings a unique perspective to the Quality Assurance team with a wealth of medical knowledge, tissue recovery experience, and tissue donor screening background. Noella obtained her Doctor of Medicine from De La Salle College of Medicine, has a BS in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist.

Kavita Imrit-Thomas, MD, CTBS

Dr. Thomas is the Associate Medical Director at LifeNet Health, an Associate Professor of Medicine at EVMS and is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease. Dr. Thomas earned her undergraduate degree at Arts Queens College, City University of New York. Dr. Thomas completed her fellowship at University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Sub-Internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and her Clerkship at Harvard School of Medicine. Prior to her role at LifeNet Health Dr. Thomas was an Infectious Disease Attending for multiple hospitals including Sentara Medical Group, Hamptons VA and more.

Greg Slawski, DPM, CTBS

Dr. Slawski is from Gift of Hope in Itasca, Illinois. He is a Clinical Trainer at The Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. He has over 18 years of experience within the organization encompassing tissue recovery, quality assurance and training. 
Most recently in 2014, Gregory joined the newly instituted Research & Development Department within Gift of Hope. Gregory received his doctorate from Scholl College of Podiatric medicine in Chicago and his bachelor's degree in biology from Loyola University in Chicago.

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.

Walter Recker, BS, CST, CTBS

Walter began working with LifeCell in 2003. He currently holds the position of Regional Field Manager. In this capacity, Walter works with a number of tissue banks and organ procurement organizations throughout the Central United States and is responsible for the coordination of tissue procurement, and on-site training as well as technical and material support. Walter is a Certified Surgical Technologist, Certified Tissue Banking Specialist, and active member of the American Association of Tissue Banks.

Jeff Wiggins, BA, CTBS

Jeff began with CryoLife in 1989 as a tissue processing technician. Following a year of processing of cardiovascular allografts, he then took a position as a Tissue Recovery Trainer conducting workshops throughout North American teaching recovery techniques to organ and tissue recovery personnel. In addition to his training responsibilities, Jeff has also managed several regions throughout North America as Donor Services Account Manager. He also managed the Donation Support call-center for five years. He is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS) through the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Jeff graduated from Mercer University with a BA in Biology.

Michael Gilbert, MBA, CTBS

Technical Trainer

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

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

Anna Tirrell, BS, CTBS

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

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

Valerie Cruz, RN, CTBS

Valerie Cruz is a strategic visionary with over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Ms. Cruz’s wheelhouse includes tactical experience developing healthcare programs, quality assurance/improvement initiatives, planning and executing stewardship events, including community outreach and international symposia. 

Working with top executives in New York City’s major medical centers, she has led teams in the successful completion of regulatory surveys, including The Joint Commission and NYS Department of Health. A nurse and a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist, Ms. Cruz comes with a breadth of knowledge and experience in tissue/organ donation and recovery, having served in multiple capacities in the OPO sector. 

While highlights of her career include working with Dr. James Watson, The Royal Family of England and five Former First Ladies, Ms. Cruz is rewarded most by the privilege of supporting families during their time of grief and facilitating their wishes to save lives through donation. Having witnessed first-hand the devastation that occurs when processes falls short of standards, Ms. Cruz is committed to joining AATB in accomplishing its mission to promote safety in the use of the gift of tissue. 

Laura Walling-Sotolongo, BS, CTBS

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. 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.  

Debby Lewis, MA, SSBB, CTBS

Debby Lewis is Director of Quality Systems at New England Donor Services in Waltham, Massachusetts. Debby earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at universities in the UK where she lived before moving to the US in 1998. With a clinical background as a midwife working for the National Health Service in Portsmouth, England her career in the field of organ and tissue donation began in 2003 when she joined the operations department at New England Organ Bank. She is a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist and Six Sigma Black Belt. 

Kelly Stevens, BS, CTBS, CQIA

Kelly Stevens is the Manager of Quality Assurance at DCI Donor Services Tissue Bank, where she plays an integral role in the direction of the quality assurance program, including the management and guidance of the quality assurance team. Kelly has over 8 years of quality and regulatory compliance experience in the tissue banking industry. She is actively involved in quality improvement initiatives,  has experience in both leading and participating in audits by regulatory and accreditation agencies, such as the FDA and AATB, as well as entities at both state and international levels. Kelly serves as a member of the AATB Quality Council and is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist. She is a Certified Quality Improvement Associate with the American Society for Quality and holds a Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University.

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.

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.

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Prep Course and Exam Overview
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021
Study Reference Guide
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource.
CTBS Prep Course Q & A Session 1, 2 and 3
09/03/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
09/03/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes We will host three live Q & A sessions to address any inquiries and questions you may have through your studies. Please submit questions in advance to be included in the slides and discussion. Live Q & A sessions will be hosted on Friday, September 3, September 17, and October 1 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST. Each session will be recorded and posted for on-demand viewing.
AATB Standards for Tissue Banking
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource.
Terms, Phrases and Definitions
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021 In review of this AATB CTBS Prep Course presentation, reference the following resources: AATB Standards for Tissue Banking 14th Edition A2.000 Definitions of Terms A3.000 Acronyms and Abbreviations
Tissue Bank Operations
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021 In review of this AATB CTBS Prep Course presentation, reference the following resources: AATB Standards for Tissue Banking 14th Edition B2.000 Functional Components of a Tissue Bank B2.100 Management Responsibility B2.200 Medical Director A2.000 Definitions of Terms A3.000 Acronyms and Abbreviations
Authorization and Consent
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021
Authorization and Consent Slides
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. In review of this AATB CTBS Prep Course presentation, reference the following resources: AATB Standards for Tissue Banking 14th Edition D2.000 Authorization D2.100 Requirements D2.200 Conditions D2.300 Signatures and Documentation D2.310 Documentation of Gift D2.320 Documentation of Authorization D2.330 Methods of Obtaining Authorization D2.400 Core Elements for Authorization D2.500 Notification of Gift D2.600 Services to Donor Families D3.000 Informed Consent D3.100 Requirements D3.200 Conditions D3.300 Signatures and Documentation D3.310 Methods of Obtaining Informed Consent D3.400 Core Elements for Informed Consent D3.500 Services Involving Living Donors AATB Guidance Document No. 3. Current Good Tissue Practices, Section II. Recovery
The Intent of the DRAI & Risk Assessment
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021 AATB Standards for Tissue Banking 14th Edition D4.000 DONOR SCREENING AND TESTING D4.100 Donor Screening D4.110 Age Criteria D4.120 Physical Assessment D4.130 Physical Examination D4.140 Donor Risk Assessment Interview (DRAI) D4.141 Family History and Genetic Background D4.150 Relevant Medical Records Review F1.000 TISSUE RELEASE F1.100 Donor Eligibility Review F1.110 Records for Review F1.111 Absence of Third-Party Records F1.112 Autopsy Report F1.120 Infectious Disease Risk Review F1.130 Other Medical Conditions F1.140 Interpretation of Infectious Disease Test Results Appendix II: Criteria For Preventing Transmission of RCDADs (Relevant Communicable Disease Agents and Diseases), Page #130
DRAI Questions and Rationale
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021 AATB Standards for Tissue Banking 14th Edition D4.000 DONOR SCREENING AND TESTING D4.100 Donor Screening D4.110 Age Criteria D4.120 Physical Assessment D4.130 Physical Examination D4.140 Donor Risk Assessment Interview (DRAI) D4.141 Family History and Genetic Background D4.150 Relevant Medical Records Review F1.000 TISSUE RELEASE F1.100 Donor Eligibility Review F1.110 Records for Review F1.111 Absence of Third-Party Records F1.112 Autopsy Report F1.120 Infectious Disease Risk Review F1.130 Other Medical Conditions F1.140 Interpretation of Infectious Disease Test Results Appendix II: Criteria For Preventing Transmission of RCDADs (Relevant Communicable Disease Agents and Diseases), Page #130
Relevant Medical Records & Review
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021 AATB 14th Edition Standards for Tissue Banking C1.000 Records Management C1.100 General C1.110 Required Processing Documentation C1.120 Electronic Records C1.200 Availability for Inspection C1.300 Retention C1.400 Traceability C1.500 Revisions D4.150 Relevant Medical Records Review D5.710 Recovery Records F1.000 Tissue Release F1.100 Donor Eligibility Review F1.110 Records for Review F1.111 Absence of Third Party Records F1.112 Autopsy Report F1.120 Infectious Disease Risk Review F1.130 Other Medical Conditions F1.140 Interpretation of Infectious Disease Test Results AATB Standards for Tissue Banking 14th Edition Appendix II: Criteria For Preventing Transmission of RCDADs (Relevant Communicable Disease Agents and Diseases), Page #130
Physical Assessment
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021 In review of this AATB CTBS Prep Course presentation, reference the following resources: AATB Standards for Tissue Banking 14th Edition D4.000 Donor Screening and Testing D4.100 Donor Screening D4.120 Physical Assessment D5.700 Records Appendix III: Tissue Donor Physical Assessment Form Requirements AATB Guidance Document No. 1. Tissue Donor Physical Assessment Form
Travel, Endemic Areas & Automatic Deferrals
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
Infectious Disease & Donor Testing: Published Feb. 1
Recorded 02/01/2021
Recorded 02/01/2021
Hemodilution
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021
Donor Cooling and Ischemic Criteria
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
Aseptic Technique Presentation
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This session will review basics concepts surrounding aseptic technique including; surgical scrub, gowning, gloving and more.
Donor Preparation & Recovery Site Assessment
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This presentation will review various requirements for the recovery and acquisition environment and donor surgical preparation.
General Anatomy- Published Feb. 1
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
Recovery of MS Tissue
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recovery of Skin
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recovery of CV Tissue
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021
Overview of Birth Tissue & Relevant AATB Standards
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
AATB Accreditation
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This presentation provides an overview of AATB Standards for Tissue Banking for the AATB Accreditation of tissue establishments.
Quality Systems and Quality Management
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021
Labeling, Storage, and Validation- Published Feb, 10!
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021
Tissue processing- Published Feb. 9!
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021
Tissue Distribution
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recalls and Adverse Outcomes- Published Feb. 8!
Recorded 01/04/2021
Recorded 01/04/2021
The Clinical Applications of Cardiac and Vascular Tissues
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
Clinical Applications of MS Tissue
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
Clinical Applications of Skin
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
Knowledge Assessment
120 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  87/120 points to pass
120 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  87/120 points to pass These questions are intended to guide and direct your studies. Assessment outcomes are not indicative of examination outcomes.