21st Annual SPLIT Meeting

Thursday & Friday, September 15 - 16, 2016
Chase Park Plaza, St. Louis, MO

Presented By: Studies in Pediatric Liver Transplantation



Studies in Pediatric Liver Transplantation (SPLIT) is a community of pediatric hepatologists, transplant surgeons, research coordinators, nurse coordinators and other health professionals across the United States and Canada working together to advance knowledge in pediatric liver transplantation. SPLIT was started in 1995 and has evolved from a research registry into a multifaceted organization focused on improving outcomes for children receiving liver transplantation.


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CME Provided By

This live activity is being provided by Washington University School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education.


Washington University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Washington University designates this live activity for a maximum of TBD AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Nursing Contact Hours . . . TBD Contact Hours Available
Washington University School of Medicine is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Missouri Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


It is the policy of Washington University School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education, that planners, faculty and other persons who may influence content of this CME activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in order for CME staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest prior to the educational activity. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussion of off-label/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation. Detailed disclosures will be made in activity handout materials.


Guest Faculty


Washington University School of Medicine Faculty Speakers



Agenda *subject to change

Thursday, September 15

8:00am Welcome and Opening Comments- Keynote and Plenary – Yumi Turmelle, MD

Keynote: Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Liver Disease and Personalized Medicine in the 21st Century
             David Perlmutter, MD
             Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean Washington University School of Medicine

8:40 Discussion

Training in Pediatric Liver Transplantation:

Moderator: Wendy Grant, MD

8:50 Update in Pediatric Liver Transplant Training from ASTS – Wendy Grant, MD
9:00 Training the Pediatric Transplant Surgeon – Carlos Esquivel, MD
9:15 Discussion
9:25 Training the Pediatric Hepatologist – Estella Alonso, MD
9:40 Discussion
9:50 Break

Liver Cancers: Pre-Transplant Imaging. Moderator-

Moderator: Greg Tiao MD and AJ Jain, MD

10:10 Tumor Imaging – Katie Fowler, MD
10:25 Discussion
10:35 Local Regional Therapy – Nael Saad, MD
10:50 Discussion
11:00 HCC Surgical Treatment in Children – Heung Kim, MD
11:15 Discussion
11:25 HCC Genetics-Research Future Directives – Yiing Lin, MD
11:40 Discussion
11:50 Lunch (Coordinator’s Meeting)

Challenges and Solutions In Pediatric Liver Transplantation- Moderator-Dr. Dave Rudnick 

Moderator: Dave Rudnick, MD and Carlos Esquivel, MD 

1:30pm Managing Fulminant Liver Failure – ICU Neuro Perspective – Jose Pineda, MD
1:45 Discussion
1:55 Surgical Challenges in the Infant Recipient – John Magee, MD
2:10 Discussion
2:20 Anatomic variations – MRI – Geetika Khanna, MD
2:35 Discussion
2:45 OPO Donor Recovery Facility–Optimizing Donor and Recipient – Majella Doyle, MD
3:00 Discussion
3:10 Break

Ethics – Audience Response System

Moderator: James Daniel, MD

3:00 Medical Ethical Dilemmas – Lainie Ross, MD, PhD
4:00 Discussion
4:10 Case Studies – Vaccines – Michele Estabrook, MD
4:25 Discussion
4:35 Case Studies – Re-Transplantation – Janis Stoll, MD
4:50 Discussion

Moderator- Evelyn Hsu

5:00 Travel Grant Awardee Abstract Presentation #1
5:15 Travel Grant Awardee Abstract Presentation #2

A Transplanted Life: My Story and Guide on Transplant Success
Noah Swanson – Former Patient and Author

6:00 Welcome Reception

Friday, September 16

8:00am SPLIT Business Meeting – George Mazariegos, MD
8:30am SPLIT Registry Overview – Scott Elisofon, MD

Expanding International Boundaries in SPLIT

9:00 International Presentations
9:10 International Presentations
9:20 Discussion

Keynote – Stuart Sweet, MD
Vice President/President-Elect, UNOS

10:00 Discussion
10:10 Break

Research Working Groups

Moderator: Shikha Sundaram, MD


Updates from the Working Groups
Biliary Strictures
Antibody Mediated Rejection
Late Graft Injury

11:05 Discussion
11:15 QI/CC Committee Updates – Beau Kelly, MD
11:30 Discussion
11:40 Closing Remarks – George Mazariegos
12:00 Adjourn to Lunch



Hotel & Travel

Conference Location

Chase Park Plaza
232 N. Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 633-1000

SPLIT Group Rate Reservation

Since meeting room temperatures are difficult to regulate to everyone's appeal, bringing a jacket or sweater is recommended. Complimentary parking is available.

Hotel Accommodations

Chase Park Plaza
232 N. Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 633-1000
SPLIT Group Rate Reservation
WU rate: $160 (+ tax). Make Reservations by August 13, 2016.

Please Note

Washington University is not responsible for airline or hotel reservations. Please confirm registration acceptance prior to purchase of nonrefundable or penalty airline tickets.


If cancellation is received in writing by August 31, 2016, the registration fee is refundable, minus a $50 administrative charge.

Special Needs

The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis - Continuing Medical Education fully complies with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and rules and regulations thereof. If any participant of this meeting is in need of accommodations, please do not hesitate to submit written requests at least one month prior to seminar date.

For Further Seminar Information

Continuing Medical Education, Washington University School of Medicine
Email: CME@wustl.edu
Ph: (314) 362-6891 or (800) 325-9862 | Fax: (314) 362-1087



The SPLIT Annual Meeting Organizers gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for support to this activity:

Institution Sponsorship

St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Children’s Health
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg of UPMC
Children’s Mercy Hospital – Kansas City
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Phoenix Children's Hospital


Echosens North America, Inc.


More Information about SPLIT
The Studies of Pediatric Liver Transplantation (SPLIT) is a unique multidisciplinary, multicenter consortium focused on optimizing outcomes pediatric liver transplantation through research, advocacy, and dissemination of best practice in this field. SPLIT is the only such academic body dedicated to pediatric liver transplantation.

Participants include hepatologists, transplant surgeons, pediatricians, pediatric surgeons, as well as nursing and allied health professionals. The SPLIT Annual meeting allows SPLIT members and participants from up to 40 national and international pediatric liver transplant centers to update their knowledge on current findings in the field of pediatric liver transplantation and incorporate these findings into their own practice. This year, the meeting will be held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, MO September 15-16th, 2016.

An important component of this meeting is the opportunity for participants to interact with one another including sharing information and building relationships with other professionals in the field. A reception has been added to facilitate this interaction. We invite you to consider exhibiting at the activity based on the following levels:

Options for Exhibit:

  • Level I - $1,000: Syllabus recognition, opportunity for table top exhibit during the meeting and one complimentary attendance to the education sessions.

  • Level II - $2,000: Reception and Syllabus recognition, opportunity for table top exhibit during the meeting, and one complimentary attendance to the education sessions.

  • Level III - $5,000: Reception and Syllabus recognition, opportunity for table top exhibit during the meeting, and two complimentary attendances to the education sessions.

All Letters of Agreement and payments should be made payable and remitted to:

Washington University CME
Attn: Cathy Sweeney
CSRB – 2214, CB 8063
660 South Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO  63110



Early Registration

SPLIT Coordinator/Allied Health Professional/Trainee: $285
SPLIT Investigators/Faculty Members: $385

After August 17, 2016 Registration

SPLIT Coordinator/Allied Health Professional/Trainee: $325
SPLIT Investigators/Faculty Members: $425

Registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday, and a reception on Thursday night. Conference syllabus also included.