ASTS 2019 Recap


This past January 10-13 was the 19th annual American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) Winter Symposium in Miami, FL. Thank you and congratulations to the ERGOT members who had the chance to present our work, display posters, participate in panel discussions and more!

Dr. Tanjala Purnell Receives Prestigious Award

Our Dr. Tanjala Purnell was honored by her alma matter, Tougaloo College, with their distinguished 40 Under 40 alumni award. Tougaloo College awards this to young alumni for outstanding achievement and leadership in all phases of society.

Dr. Purnell works tirelessly to understand health equity and race disparity in healthcare and transplantation. We are incredibly proud to work with her as a part of the ERGOT team.

Congratulations, Tanjala!


“The Artful Surgeon”

Read about our “artful” director Dr. Dorry Segev and ERGOT faculty member Dr. Sommer Gentry in Johns Hopkins University’s Hub Magazine!

Did you miss our Dr. Sommer Gentry on FOX’s ‘Superhuman’?

Click here to watch last Monday’s episode!

Watch Our Dr. Sommer Gentry on FOX’s ‘Superhuman’!

Our Dr. Sommer Gentry will compete on FOX’s Superhuman TONIGHT at 9pm EST!

Gentry, a graduate of Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will display her math puzzle-solving skills next to similarly impressive super-humans and compete for a prize of $100,000. She will solve a puzzle that she hopes will sell mathematics to an audience and to explain why she finds math so compelling.

The HOPE Act on the Gifted Life Podcast – Ep. 54


On episode 54 of The Gifted Life Podcast, we are talking about new HOPE, namely the HOPE Act. The HOPE Act, enacted into law in 2013, paves the way for people living with HIV to become organ donors to potential recipients living with HIV. Dr. Christine Durand chats with our hosts about HOPE in Action, a research study piloted out of John Hopkins University that puts the HOPE Act into practice and is saving more lives. We then welcome in studio guest Dorian Gray Alexander. Dorian hosts a radio show, Proof Positive, is an advocate for the HIV+ community, and a member of a popular male dance group in New Orleans called the 610 Stompers. He talks with hosts about the implications of the HOPE Act and even teaches them some dance move during a break! We honor Hero Anthony Eichmann, talk about getting ready for National Blue and Green Day, and run into a two-time Superbowl champ with the Giants, who’s raising awareness about the need for more registered organ, eye & tissue donors. Don’t miss this action packed episode of The Gifted Life Podcast.

Macey Henderson for UNOS Board of Directors!

ERGOT Faculty Macey Henderson, JD PhD has been nominated for UNOS Board of Directors 2017!

A kidney donor herself, Dr. Henderson applies her background in law, ethics, health policy and management to support her research into health outcomes of live kidney donors and transplant patients.

OPTN/UNOS member voting representatives will receive a ballot and biographical information for the nominees in early 2017.

You can follow Macey on twitter @MaceyLHenderson.

ERGOT Article Listed in ‘Most Accessed Articles of 2016’

Dr. Allan Massie’s A Risk Index for Living Donor Kidney Transplantation was listed as one of the Top 10 Most Accessed Articles of 2016.

Choosing between multiple living kidney donors, or evaluating offers in kidney paired donation, can be challenging because no metric currently exists for living donor quality. Furthermore, some deceased donor (DD) kidneys can result in better outcomes than some living donor kidneys, yet there is no way to compare them on the same scale. To better inform clinical decision-making, we created a living kidney donor profile index (LKDPI) on the same scale as the DD KDPI, using Cox regression and adjusting for recipient characteristics.


The article was published in the July issue of The American Journal of Transplantation.

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