The second installment in this series will focus on a broad spectrum of areas surrounding eligibility, recovery and challenges derived from surgeon requests and expectations. We will review initiatives in research and development, including the demand for research recoveries and wet labs. We will review unique cases in assessing eligibility, with a focus on pediatric heart for valve donation, followed by a summary of general recovery practices and relevant anatomy.
- Summarize frequent surgeon requests.
- Identify the demand and impact of research tissues & wet labs.
- Review areas of consideration surrounding pediatric heart valve donation.
- Review critical areas of Donor Risk Assessment Interview criteria on pediatric heart for valve donation cases.
- Summarize cardiac and vascular recovery practices.
Eligibility and Recovery Challenges
Speakers:Gregory Ray, MD; Michael Gilbert, CTBS; Irma Sison, MD, CTBS
Day: September 19, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
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 MD 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.
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’s Degree in Sports 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.
Irma Sison, MD, CTBS, is the Manager of the Donor Center at LifeNet Health. Irma began her career in organ and tissue donation as a Donor Center Coordinator at LifeNet Health in 2008. In addition to seven years of tissue banking 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. 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.