What’s New in PKD: A Day of Learning

What's new in PKD: A day of learning

Saturday, March 25, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PST / 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. MST / 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. CST / 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST

*Please note that local times will vary. Please visit your local Chapter web page for specific times and activity details.

Join your local Chapter and participate in this exclusive, online education conference! Connect with others interested in PKD in your community and hear from PKD experts from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., as they discuss the kidney transplant process for PKD patients, from evaluation to transplant surgery. Get answers to your questions on the following topics and more:

  • Living donation
  • Referrals to a transplant center
  • Transplant evaluation
  • Multiple listing
  • Paired donation

Participants will have an opportunity to have their questions answered by presenters during the event.

This event is offered exclusively through our Chapter network. More Chapters continue to be added to our list of participating locations regularly. If you don’t see your local Chapter listed, please check back soon.


Hosted at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. and broadcasted live to all participating PKD Foundation Chapters. This event will be recorded and available on our website at a later date.

Mayo Clinic location will be open to patients who register to attend the event at this location.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Time (CDT) Topic Speaker
10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Welcome and introductions
10:40 – 11:10 a.m. Getting ready for kidney transplantation

If you’re getting ready for a transplant, you may have many questions. We will begin this session discussing how to prepare for a transplant evaluation. We will answer your questions about the evaluation process and about getting listed on the kidney transplant wait list.

Naim Issa, M.D.
Naim Issa, M.D.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Transplant evaluation and financial coordination

As you get ready for surgery, you may be stressed, especially about finances. In this session, we will take the stress out of financial coordination and answer your questions about insurance, Medicare, and expenses associated with kidney transplantation and working with a living donor.

Tammy Kozel
Tammy K. Kozel, RN, BSN, MSN, CCTC
Erin Hamilton
Erin Hamilton, LICSW, MSW
12:15 – 12:40 p.m. Break
12:40 – 1:45 p.m. Living donation

Do you have a living donor? Would you like to consider living donation? This session will address your questions about the donor evaluation process and paired donation programs.

Lisa King
Lisa King, RN BSN CCTC
Margo Vandrovec
Margo Vandrovec, MSW, LICSW, CCTSW
1:50 – 2:30 p.m. Transplant surgery

As you get ready for surgery, you may have many questions. In this session, we will discuss the surgical evaluation and what every patient needs to know about kidney transplant surgery, including recovery time after the surgery, and when and if kidney transplant patients should consider a nephrectomy.

Patrick Dean, M.D.
Patrick G. Dean, M.D.

Erin HamiltonErin Hamilton, LICSW, MSW

Erin Hamilton is a Social Worker at Mayo Clinic’s Transplant Center in Rochester, Minn., where she works with patients and families throughout all phases of transplant. As a member of their multidisciplinary team, Erin provides a full range of services to patients and their families, including supportive counseling, resource referrals, psychoeducation and advocacy.

Erin earned her bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology and sociology from the George Washington University, and worked for almost 10 years as a behavioral and social sciences researcher before earning her master of social work degree from the University of Chicago. She subsequently worked in schools and mental health hospitals before joining the Department of Social Work at Mayo Clinic.

Margo VandrovecMargo Vandrovec, MSW, LICSW, CCTSW

Margo Vandrovec is an Independent Living Donor Advocate for the William J. von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration at Mayo Clinic Rochester. She has been a clinical social worker with Mayo Clinic for over twelve years. She received her undergraduate degree in social work from the University of North Dakota and her masters of social welfare from the University of California at Los Angeles. She began her work with living kidney and liver donors in 2013 in the dual role of Independent Living Donor Advocate and Living Donor Social Worker and transitioned exclusively to the role of Independent Living Donor Advocate in early 2016. She was an invited panelist at the Mayo Clinic Transplant Ethics Conference in 2015.

Currently, she is working as part of a multidisciplinary team in a multicenter study of the Live Donor Assessment Tool with principal investigator Diane La Pointe Rudow ANP-BC, DNP, CCTC and with Sheila Jowsey-Gregoire, MD. In 2016 she earned her clinical certification in transplant social work from the International Society of Transplant Social Workers. She is a member of the American Society of Transplantation, National Kidney Foundation and the International Society for Transplant Social Workers.

Patrick Dean, M.D.Patrick G. Dean, M.D.

Patrick Dean is a Consultant and Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Transplantation Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and subsequently graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Ala. He completed his general surgery residency and fellowship in abdominal transplantation surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He was appointed to the faculty at Mayo Clinic in 2006. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Dean is the director of the abdominal transplantation surgery fellowship program.

Dr. Dean’s clinical and research interests include kidney and pancreas transplantation, preemptive kidney transplantation, living donor kidney transplantation, transplantation for polycystic kidney disease and antibody-mediated kidney graft injury. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of both the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Society of Transplantation.

Tammy KozelTammy K. Kozel, RN, BSN, MSN, CCTC

Tammy Kozel is a certified clinical transplant coordinator for the kidney/pancreas transplant program at the William von Liebig Transplant Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, and her master of science degree in nursing from University of Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ. She received her certification as a clinical transplant coordinator from the American Board for Transplant Certification in 2012.

In Tammy’s current position as an RN care coordinator for pre-transplant kidney patients, she guides them through the transplant process from referral to evaluation to activation on the waiting list to transplant surgery. One of her clinical interests includes patient education. She is a member of the Transplant Center Coordinating Council and Patient Education Committee.

Naim Issa, M.D.Naim Issa, M.D.

Dr. Naim Issa earned his medical degree from Saint Joseph’s University School of Medicine in Beirut, Lebanon. He completed an internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and a renal transplant fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Prior to joining the Mayo Clinic as a transplant nephrologist, he was a transplant nephrologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. His clinical focus is kidney and pancreas transplantation. His research interests include living kidney donation and kidney transplant outcomes.

Lisa KingLisa King, RN BSN CCTC

Lisa L. King is a certified clinical transplant coordinator for the donor program at the William von Liebig Transplant Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Augsburg College. She received her certification as a clinical transplant coordinator from the American Board for Transplant Certification in 1997.

Lisa has worked at Mayo Clinic since 1986. Currently she works as a Living Donor Care Coordinator in the transplant center and has been working in the transplant field for 21 years. Prior to her current role, Lisa was a Post-liver Transplant Coordinator at Mayo Clinic.

She is a member of the Transplant Center Coordinating Council, where she is the Magnet representative.

In-kind sponsors

Mayo Clinic

William J. Von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration

Robert M. and Billie Kelley Pirnie Translational PKD Research Center