This committee's mission is to promote the participation of younger members of the liver transplant community in all ILTS activities, and to guide the society in responding to their educational and professional needs.

Key aims:

To promote the engagement of younger liver transplant professionals and trainees in all ILTS activities, and to advocate on their behalf.

Key tasks and dates:

  1. Meet at the Annual Congress (May-July) to review recent activities and member feedback, discuss council input from the most recent Council Meeting and develop an agenda for the following year.
  2. Organize five multidisciplinary Vanguard sessions at the Annual Congress:
    1. Vanguard Moderated Poster Discussion
    2. Vanguard Grand Round Case Presentations
    3. Vanguard Featured Symposium
    4. Vanguard Debate Session
    5. Vanguard Surgical Video Session
  1. Host a Vanguard Reception at the Annual Congress.
  2. Highlight younger members’ contributions by a selection of the best published clinical and basic science research papers during the calendar year for the Vanguard Awards.
  3. Publish online Vanguard Reports, highlights of the ILTS Annual Congress.
  4. Contribute to the Scientific Content in the monthly ILTS Newsletter, and assist in social media profile management.
  5. Lead monthly ILTS Vanguard Webinar on Complex Cases in Liver Transplantation.
  6. Coordinate the assigned Special Interest Groups.
  7. Ascertain the educational and professional needs of younger members through informal discussion and the annual member survey (September), and work with the ILTS leadership to address these needs.
  8. Review online applications for committee membership annually (October-January) and nominate replacements for members expiring in that year. The process as per ILTS Committees Policy, to be completed four weeks before the Winter council Meeting.
  9. 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. Participant numbers and feedback re congress events organized by the committee

Committee Members:

Prashant Bhangui, MBBS, MS Past Chair {2021}


Medanta – The Medicity, Gurgaon, India

Albert Chan, MBBS (Lond), MS, FRCS(Edin), FCSHK, FHKAM(Surgery), FACS Chair {2022}


The University of Hong Kong, Hong-Kong

Varvara Kirchner, MD – Vice-Chair {2023}


University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Eleonora de Martin, MD Vice-Chair-elect {2024}


Hospital Paul Brousse, Villejuif, France

Marina Berenguer, MDAffiliated Councilor {2021}


La Fe University Hospital, Valencia, Spain

Ryan Chadha, MD {2021}


Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, USA

Nicolas Goldaracena, MD {2022}


University of Virginia Health Sciences Center,

Charlottesville, USA

Amelia Judith Hessheimer, MD {2021}


Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Gokhan Kabacam, MD {2021}


Güven Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Marit Kalisvaart, MD, PhD {2021}


University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland

Ashwin Rammohan, MD {2022}

Dr Rela Institute & Medical Center, Chennai, India

Gonzalo Sapisochin, MD {2021}

Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Michael Spiro, MD {2022}


Royal Free Hospital, London, UK

Tomohiro Tanaka, MD {2022}

BiosketchUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Iowa City VA Medical Center, Iowa City, USA

Isabel Campos Varela, MD {2022}


Hospital Universitario Vall D’Hebrón, Barcelona, Spain

David Victor, MD {2022}


Methodist University Hospital, Houston, USA

Carmen Vinaixa, MD {2022}


La Fe University Hospital, Valencia, Spain

Young-in Yoon, MD {2022}


Asan Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea

Uzung Yoon, MD, MPH {2023}


Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, USA

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

Committee Terms of Reference