Education & Scholarship

The Education & Scholarship Committee promotes the educational mission of ILTS and plans programs such as the annual transplant course at AASLD, annual Perioperative Care in Liver Transplant course at the American Society of Anesthesiologists meeting, various single topic symposia, and consensus conferences. It also aims to support talented liver transplant professionals from around the world by awarding prestigious scholarships.

Key aims:

  1. To promote education, communication and fellowship in all disciplines involved in liver transplantation worldwide through scientific meetings, mentorship, and digital resources.
  2. To raise standards of clinical care and improve outcomes.
  3. To promote the ILTS educational mission by awarding scholarships to member applicants.
  4. To obtain feedback from members on educational issues and to communicate this to ILTS Council.

Key tasks and dates:

  1. Assist the ILTS Secretariat in promotion of the ILTS International Travel Scholarships (2 per year), closing date Dec 31.
  2. Assess applications against agreed criteria (significance of work, alignment with goals of an award, and environment of the project), and recommend recipients for council approval at the winter council meeting (January/February).
  3. Review online applications for committee membership annually (January-March) and nominate replacements for members expiring in that year. The process as per ILTS Committees policy, to be completed four weeks before the Annual Congress.
  4. Meet at Annual Congress to review recent activities and member feedback, discuss council input from the most recent council meeting and develop an agenda for the following year.
  5. Develop a program for the October ILTS/AASLD Transplant Course: outline proposal (including speakers) should be prepared November-January, incorporating feedback from the October course. This should be posted on the Council Forum for comment by January 5th and submitted for the winter council meeting agenda book by January 15th. The Council representative should participate in this or receive a draft program for review at least one week before submission. Chair to present a draft to the Council in person at the Winter Council Meeting.
  6. Delegated specialist members to work with other ILTS committees (Anesthesia, Pathology, Pediatrics, and Radiology) to develop relevant content for ILTS special topic meetings and for sessions in the ILTS Annual Congress. The latter to be completed June-September and submitted to the program chair (president-elect) by September 30th.
  7. Participate in Annual Congress program planning under the direction of the Program Committee chair (President-Elect), from June/July preceding year. Tasks and timeline as specified by the Program Committee chair.
  8. Develop or approve programs for other ILTS-sponsored meetings, e.g. consensus conferences, regional meetings.
  9. Review online applications for committee membership annually (January-March) and nominate replacements for members expiring in that year. Process as per ILTS Committees Policy, to be completed four weeks before Annual Congress.
  10. Advise and assist the ILTS website team re online education content: continuous.
  11. Report twice yearly to ILTS Council: January-February written report for Winter Council Meeting agenda book, May-June written report for Annual Congress Council Meeting agenda book and chair to present in person.

Key performance metrics:

  1. Satisfactory reports to ILTS Council
  2. Attendance at ILTS/AASLD Transplant Course and at other ILTS-sponsored meetings
  3. Member feedback on the quality of these meetings
  4. Statistics on the use of educational content on the ILTS website

Committee Members:

  • Constantino Fondevila, MD Past Chair {2021} Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Marina Berenguer, MD Past Chair {2021} Hospital La Fe, Valencia, Spain
  • Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro, MD, FACS, FRCSC Chair {2022} University of Rochester Medical Center,  NY, USA
  • Manhal Izzy, MD Vice-Chair {2023} Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA
  • Pal-Dag Line, MD Vice-Chair {2023} Riskhospitalet, Oslo, Norway
  • Shekar Kubal, MDVice-Chair-elect {2024} Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Nazia Selzner, MD Vice-Chair-elect {2024} Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada
  • Nancy Kwan Man, MBBS, MS, PhDAffiliated Councilor {2021} The University of Hong Kong, China
  • Bijan Eghtesad, MD Affiliated Councilor {2023} Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA
  • Juan Pablo Arab, MD {2024} Pontificia Universidad Catolica De Chile Santiago, Santiago, Chile
  • Ghinolfi Davide, MD {2021} Ospedale Cisanello, Cascina, Italy
  • Ignacio González-Pinto, MD {2021} Hospital Universitario Central De Asturias, Soto de Llanera, Spain
  • Claire Francoz, MD, PhD {2024} Hopital Beaujon, Clichy, France
  • Kyota Fukazawa, MD {2021} University Of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Qiang Xia, MD {2021} Renji Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, China
  • Vanessa De Villa, MD, PhD, FPCS, FPSTS {2022} The Medical City, Pasig City, Philippines
  • Zhenhua Hu, MD {2021} First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University Medical College, China
  • Alfred Kow Wei Chieh, MBBS, MRCS, FRCS, FAMS, FACS {2023} National University Health System Singapore, Singapore
  • Deniz Balci {2021} Ankara University School Of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
  • Dong Jiahong, MD {2021} Beijing Tsinghua Channung Hospital, Beijing, China
  • Gianni Biancofiore {2023} Pisa University School of Medicine, Tirrenia, Italy
  • Henrik Petrowsky, MD {2022} Universitätsspital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Jason Vanatta, MD {2021} Cleveland Clinic Florida, Cleveland, FL, USA
  • Mitra Nadim, MD {2021} University of Southern California University Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Peter Abt, MD {2023} Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Prashant Bhangui {2023} Medanta- The Medcity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
  • Sanjiv Saigal, MD {2021} Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon, India

*Committee terms end at Annual Congress in year shown in brackets

Committee Trainees 2020-2022

  • Nathalie Sela, MD, FRCSC, MSc, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA
  • Shruthi Reddy MS, MRCS, MCh, King’s College Hospital, London, UK


Committee Members testimonies

Committee Terms of Reference