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Kidney Week

Educational Symposium

Partners for Life: Optimizing Collaboration of Community and Transplant Nephrologists

November 04, 2021 | 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM

Location: Simulive, Virtual Only

Session Description

The Advancing American Kidney Health (AAKH) initiative has put a greater emphasis on kidney transplantation in the treatment of ESKD. The new payment models for kidney disease care outlined in the AAKH initiative promote a shared responsibility between community nephrologists and transplant providers.

This symposium discusses the implications of the AAKH initiative on the relationships, roles, and responsibilities of both community and transplant nephrologists. Because community nephrologists will share responsibility for long-term transplant outcomes in the new payment models, experts also review the major barriers to long-term transplant success. Advances in noninvasive allograft monitoring are reviewed as one mechanism by which community and transplant nephrologists can optimize allograft survival.

ASN thanks the American Society of Transplantation for assistance with this session.

Support is provided by an educational grant from Natera.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Describe the impact of the new ESKD payment models on the delivery of post-transplant care, including how responsibilities will be shared between community nephrologists and transplant centers
  • Explain the major immunologic and non-immunologic threats to long-term graft survival
  • Discuss advances in noninvasive monitoring of kidney transplant function

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Transplantation/Immunology


  • Benjamin E. Hippen, MD, FASN


  • Introduction – All Together Now: Post-Transplant Care in the Age of AAKH
    12:45 PM - 12:55 PM
    Benjamin E. Hippen, MD, FASN
  • Going the Distance: Challenges to Long-Term Allograft Survival
    12:55 PM - 01:20 PM
    Sunita K. Singh, MD
  • Art and Science: Noninvasive Allograft Monitoring Methods
    01:20 PM - 01:45 PM
    Andrew F. Malone, MD, MBChB, FASN