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AATB Membership Webinar

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

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

Mark DeFilippis, MBA, CTBS

Director, Tissue Operations Center, New England Donor Services

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

Michael Gilbert, MBA, CTBS

Technical Trainer

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

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

​Patrick AbdelMessih, BS, CTBS, CEBT

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

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

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

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

Nick Navarro

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


AATB Membership Webinar
10/18/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
10/18/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
Presentation Slides
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Certificate of Attendance
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1.00 credit  |  Certificate available