Transplant Management Forum

The 2021 UNOS Transplant Management Forum, presented in Denver, Colorado, from April 19-21, is planned to be a hybrid event. Conference attendees have the option to participate in a full, in-person educational experience, or check in remotely through a self-guided, user-friendly platform online.

A number of sessions from the 2020 TMF agenda will carry over to the 2021 agenda. As UNOS continues to monitor COVID-19, the event program is subject to change.

Please email UNOSTransplantManagementForum@unos.org with any questions.

Sponsor and exhibitor registration for TMF 2021 is now open

Interested in sponsoring and exhibiting at TMF? Please click below to select sponsorship opportunities and/or reserve a booth.

Sponsor and exhibitor registration

Call for 2021
TMF Abstracts

Accepting nominations for 2021 Heckenkemper Transplant Leadership Award

About the event

Transplant administrators from across the country attend the UNOS Transplant Management Forum each year for its educational sessions and networking opportunities. While many of the sessions are geared to transplant administrators, the forum is also an excellent opportunity for clinical and financial coordinators, social workers, OPO executive directors, physicians and surgeons, to enhance their understanding of how a program operates. Sessions help to increase collaboration between transplant centers and OPOs, and to expand transplant professionals’ knowledge of operations, finances, strategies, and more.

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Select sessions from 2020 TMF have been converted to UNOS connect courses and can be accessed with a UNOS Connect account.

The following courses are available to anyone with a UNOS Connect account. Search for 2020 UNOS Transplant Management Forum Virtual Sessions. You MUST complete all 4 QLT courses and the evaluation to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) (2 nursing contact hours and 2 Category 1 CEPTCs). *Note: If you search and complete the below courses individually, you will not receive CEUs. They must be completed within the 2020 UNOS Transplant Management Forum Virtual Sessions Learning Path to receive credits.

QLT132: Updates from the SRTR (60 minutes)

QLT134: Improving the Organ Donation Process (8 minutes)

QLT135: Processing Kidney Transplant Referrals More Effectively (13 minutes)

QLT136: KPD: Match Offer Challenges and Strategies for Better Quality Match (25 minutes)

The following courses are only available to members who have UNet access. Search for 2020 UNOS Transplant Management Forum Virtual Sessions: UNOS Systems. Please access UNOS Connect using your UNet account. You MUST complete both SYS courses and the evaluation to receive CEUs (1 nursing contact hour and 1 Category 1 CEPTC). *Note: If you search and complete the below courses individually, you will not receive CEUs. They must be completed within the 2020 UNOS Transplant Management Forum Virtual Sessions: UNOS Systems Learning Path to receive credits.

SYS160: DonorNet Mobile for Transplant Hospitals (30 minutes)

SYS161: Answering Questions with the Data Portal (42 minutes)

What you can expect

Learn why transplant administrators find this annual conference so valuable. 

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A glimpse of what happens at TMF

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What you can expect at the Transplant Management Forum

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Valuable learning

Whether you're new to transplant management or have many years' experience, TMF offers insights for everyone

Participant feedback

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Benefits of sponsoring and attending the Transplant Management Forum

“TMF is the ONE conference that focuses solely on the wide scope of transplant administration. It is equally relevant to the new administrator as it is for seasoned administrators.”

Nancy Long, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City

“I have attended TMF the last five years and wouldn’t miss it—highly informative and time well-spent.”

Jeff Orlowski, LifeShare Transplant Donor Services

Awarding excellence

Hear Brigitte Sullivan, 2019 Heckenkemper recipient, describe the honor as a “lifetime achievement award.” 

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Heckenkemper Leader in Transplant Administration Award

2019 Award Winner, Brigitte Sullivan, M.B.A.

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors

— Gold —

Logo for Natera
Logo Stanford Children's Health

— Silver —

— Bronze —

Transplant Coordinators of America TMF sponsor
Transplant Coordinators of America TMF sponsor
Discovery Healthcare Consulting Group TMF sponsor

2020 Heckenkemper Leader in Transplant Administration Award

Ian Jamieson

Ian Jamieson, vice president, Duke Transplant Center, Durham, N.C.

Sponsored by Guidry & East, LLC

Congratulations to all the 2020 TMF winners

Finance category: “Use of Six Sigma to Improve the HLA Billing Process Resulting in Substantial Recovery.”

  • William Maixner, MHA; Luke McKinley, MBA; Adrian Thompson, B.S.; Pamela Kimball, Ph.D.; and Marlon F. Levy, M.D.; of VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center, Richmond, Va.
  • Sponsored by Transplant Management Group, LLC
  • Read all 2020 finance category abstracts 

QAPI and safety category: “Multidisciplinary Response to Donor ABO Discrepancy-Related Adverse Event.”

  • Victoria Hunter, B.S.N, RN-C, CCTC; Arika Hoffman, M.D; Sue Miller, RN, CCTC; Scott Koepsell, M.D., Ph.D; Clifford Miles, M.D; of Nebraska Medicine, Omaha, Neb. Kyle Herber, Live On Nebraska.
  • Sponsored by CareDx
  • Read all 2020 QAPI and safety category abstracts

Clinical, operations and innovation category: “Changing Post-Transplant Care with Telemedicine.”

Strategy and marketing category: “Increasing Patient Referrals for Transplant Through a Combined Outreach/Referral/Scheduling Coordinator Position.”

Regulatory category: “Improving Regulatory Readiness Through a Compliance Dashboard.”

Best of the Best abstract: “Early Extubation in Liver Transplant Patients.”

  • Scott Bennett, M.S; Zachary Davis, B.S.N, RN; Bailor Hardman, M.D.; Keith Murray, B.S.N, RN, CCRN-K; Susan Neill-Fogus, B.S.N, RN; Chen Shi, M.D.; Leonor Sosa, RN, APRN, AGACNP-BC; Parsia Vagefi, M.D.; of UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.
  • Sponsored by Transplant Administration and Quality Management Community of Practice
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