7th REAL LAM – How to improve the allocation system in LT: MELD 3.0

Join the seventh REAL webinar for Latin America in collaboration between ILTS and ALEH (Asociación Latinoamericana para el Estudio del Hígado) on December 7th, 2023


How to improve the allocation system in liver transplantation: MELD 3.0

In collaboration with the Asociación Latinoamericana para el Estudio del Hígado (ALEH).

December 7, 2023

18:00 EST

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The Regional Expansion Advanced Learning (REAL) project is an initiative by the ILTS Education Committee to reach out to Latin America through educational activities in collaboration with ALEH. Through educational events such as the REAL webinars, we are inviting prominent experts in the field of liver transplantation to share their experiences with the liver transplant community in Latin America. Our goal is to enhance the partnership with the local LT community and continue to build knowledge and skills in this area.


  • How MELD 3.0 improves accuracy of the MELD calculation
  • What changes in outcomes do we expect with the implementation of MELD 3.0


  • Introduction of the REAL Webinar – Rodrigo Zapata and Varvara Kirchner
  • MELD 3.0: Improving liver allocation in modern era – W. Ray Kim
  • MELD 3.0: Multicenter clinical trial for Latin America – Josefina Pages
  • Q&A moderated by Josefina Pages and Prasun Jalal
  • Closing Remarks

Speaker Details

Varvara A. Kirchner


Associate Professor of Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, USA. She completed her fellowships in multi-organ transplant surgery at the University of Minnesota, USA in 2015, and living donor liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at the ASAN Medical Center, Ulsan School of Medicine, South Korea in 2016. Her clinical interests include living and deceased donor liver transplantation and total pancreatectomy with islet auto-transplantation for chronic pancreatitis. Her research focuses on liver regeneration utilizing stem cell technologies. She served as the Chair for the ILTS Vanguard Committee (2021-2022) and currently is the Vice-Chair Elect for the ASTS Vanguard Committee.

Rodrigo Larrain Zapata


Professor of Medicine, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile. Dr. Zapata is transplant hepatologist and Chief of Gastroenterology at Clínica Alemana de Santiago. He completed an AASLD clinical Fellowship in Hepatology and Liver Transplantation at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2000-2001. He served as the President of the Chilean Association for the Study of the Liver (2008-2010), President of the Chilean Society of Gastroenterology (2012-2014), and International Member of the Global Guidelines Committee of the WGO (2015-2018). His main clinical interests are in liver transplantation, viral hepatitis, and hepatocellular carcinoma, with > 80 peer-reviewed publications and chapters of textbooks, as author or co-author.

W. Ray Kim


Professor W. Ray Kim is a Chief of Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Stanford University. His career goal is to improve the outcome of individuals with chronic liver disease by identifying the optimal means for diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and prevention. The path he has chosen to achieve this goal is through engagement in clinical epidemiology and patient-oriented, effectiveness research.

Josefina Pagés

Speaker and Moderator

Medical doctor graduated from the Austral University, Argentina in 2010. She completed her Intensive Care residency at the Austral University Hospital and between 2016-2018 she completed her training in Hepatology and Liver Transplantation at the same hospital. She has been a specialist since 2018. In 2019 she served as Chief Resident of the Hepatology and Liver Transplantation service. Since then, she has been working at the Austral Hospital as a staff doctor in the Hepatology and Liver Transplant Unit. Between 2019 and 2020, she completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical Effectiveness with a focus on Health Technology Assessment.

Prasun K Jalal


Stan and Sue Partee endowed Chair in Hepatology, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Abdominal Transplantation of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery and in the Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Jalal is board certified in gastroenterology, internal medicine and transplant hepatology. Dr. Jalal earned his medical degree from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. His extensive training includes training in gastroenterology and hepatology at St. James Hospital in Leeds, England. He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York and in transplant hepatology at Mount Sinai School of Medi

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